Saltcoats - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
8 NOVEMBER 1893

MUNICIPAL ELECTION

Saltcoats:
Three vacancies – Duncan, 448; McIntyre, 330; Smith, 317; Fleck, 304; Hunter, 276; and Duff, 193.

Mr. Smith was put forward by the Temperance Party along with Messrs Fleck and Duff, the two latter being defeated. Mr. Hunter was an independent candidate.
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GLASGOW HERALD
8 NOVEMBER 1893

PROPERTY SALE

Yesterday the dwelling-house, No. 56 Hamilton Street, Saltcoats, was exposed for sale in the Town Hall at the upset price of £570, and after brisk competition Mr. Charles Miller, grocer, became the purchaser at £608.
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GLASGOW HERALD
8 NOVEMBER 1886

DEATH OF CAPTAIN A. J. ELLES

News has reached Saltcoats of the death of Captain Elles, at Otago, in his 71st year. He was the son of the Rev. James Elles, for many years the minister of the Secession Church in Countess Street.

At an early age he manifested a love for a seafaring life. While yet a lad he was entered as an apprentice on board a vessel engaged in the East India trade. Passing rapidly through the various grades, he received his first command on attaining 21 years of age, and for some years traded to the West Indies.

Afterwards he was in command of the PHILIP LAING, which brought the first batch of Scottish emigrants to Otago, in connection with the scheme of colonisation entered into between the New Zealand Company and the Lay Association of the Free Church of Scotland, leaving Greenock on 26th November, 1847, and reaching Port Chalmers on 13th April, 1848.

Captain Elles returned again to the colony, and was appointed collector of customs in Southland, which he retained till a few years ago.

He was twice married. In Saltcoats he was well known by the older inhabitants, and highly respected.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 NOVEMBER 1894

DEATH OF MR. JAMES GRAY, SOLICITOR

On Wednesday evening Mr. James Gray, solicitor, died at his residence in West Kilbride.

Mr. Gray was a native of Dalry, but had carried on a successful legal business in this district for several years. He was a senior partner in the firm of Messrs J. & A. Gray, West Kilbride and Ardrossan.

He was procurator fiscal to the burgh of Saltcoats, and acted as legal agent for the Unionist party.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 NOVEMBER 1895

DEATH

SLIMMON: At Aytoun Cottage, Eglinton Street, Saltcoats, on the 7th instant, aged 77, Thomas Slimmon, late of Dreghorn.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 NOVEMBER 1896

FOOTBALL
SALTCOATS ROSEBANK v. LARGS THISTLE
At Saltcoats


Result: - Thistle, 4; Rosebank, 0.

The spectators broke into the field and the match was terminated six minutes from full time.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 NOVEMBER 1898

DEATH

MORRISON: Suddenly at Segtoune, Saltcoats (the residence of her son-in-law), on the 7th instant, Mary McFarlane, aged 75 years, wife of the late Robert Morrison, bookbinder, Glasgow.
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Penny Tray wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:16 am
GLASGOW HERALD
9 NOVEMBER 1896

FOOTBALL
SALTCOATS ROSEBANK v. LARGS THISTLE
At Saltcoats


Result: - Thistle, 4; Rosebank, 0.

The spectators broke into the field and the match was terminated six minutes from full time.
Football hooligans ?

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GLASGOW HERALD
10 NOVEMBER 1896

SENT TO A REFORMATORY

A boy, 14 years of age, named FRANCIS DORIAN, living with his mother in Quay Street, Saltcoats, pleaded guilty to assaulting a younger brother.

He has several times ill-used his brother, and his mother is afraid to leave them in the house alone. The accused was said to be beyond his parent’s control and would not work.

He was sent five days to prison, thereafter to a reformatory for four years.
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GLASGOW HERALD
10 NOVEMBER 1897

MUNICIPAL MEETING – SALTCOATS

Provost Smith presiding.

A letter was read from Mr. James Miller, burgh surveyor, resigning his office.

The Provost, Bailie Hunter, and other Commissioners spoke in the highest terms of the valuable service rendered to the burgh by Mr. Miller.

It was decided to ask Mr. Miller what his reason was for retiring, and if he would not reconsider the matter.

Mr. Miller was called in, and stated that he was tired of public life, and preferred private life. He had quite made up his mind to resign.

It was agreed to accept the resignation with regret, and take steps to fill the vacancy.
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GLASGOW HERALD
10 NOVEMBER 1898

BIRTH

KEDDIE: At 77 Caledonia Road, Saltcoats, on November 5th, Mrs. David Keddie; a daughter – both well.
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EVENING TIMES
1O JUNE 1960

LOVESICK - HE SLASHED HIS GIRLFRIEND

A "lovesick" youth was jailed for six months at Glasgow Sheriff Court today when he admitted slashing his girlfriend with a razor.

"Lovesick and terribly shocked" was how an agent described the reaction of 19 year old apprentice plumber IAN BRECKENRIDGE when told he must not see 16-year-old Jean Moreland again.

Breckenridge became engaged to Miss Moreland in July, but the following month the engagement was broken off, said Mr. E. Smith, prosecuting. Since then he had been approaching the girl from time to her annoyance, and finally she complained to the police.

Breckenridge was warned to keep away from her.

CAFE MEETING

On October 30, Miss Moreland was walking with some friends in Saltcoats and went into the Regal Café.

About half an hour later Breckenridge and some friends passed the café and as they did so Breckenridge saw the girl. He left his friends and approached the table where she was sitting and asked if he could speak to her in private. She told him it would he better if he would say anything he had to say in front of the company, and he said to the girl - "You may not be so safe this week. Tell your father to get the police after me again."

At the time one of his friends saw Breckenridge was holding an open razor. His other friends did not see the weapon but heard him mention the word razor.

One of the friends warned Miss Moreland's friends to take her home.

AGAINST DOORS

They did not take the warning seriously and left the café and went for a walk.

About 9 p.m. they were overtaken by Breckenridge who lunged against Miss Moreland and pushed her against the doors of a garage. He caught hold of her by the hair with one hand and with his other hand covered her face. He then released her and disappeared into a nearby car park.

The girl screamed and clutched her face with both hands. Her friends saw blood coming from her face and she was taken to Kilmarnock Infirmary where 11 stitches were inserted in a wound on her right cheek four and a half inches long.
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