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Saltcoats - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
11 OCTOBER 1844

DEATH

At Saltcoats, on the 1st instant, James Gilkison, son of the Rev. J. Giffen.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
11 OCTOBER 1916

Died on service, Private ANDREW STRACHAN, (24), 9TH Battalion Black Watch – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of Mr Andrew Strachan, Rockyknowe, Saltcoats.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“As announced last week, Mr and Mrs Strachan, Rockyknowe, Saltcoats, have been informed that their son, Private Andrew Strachan, has died of wounds. He was 24 years of age, and prior to enlisting, was engaged in farming in Canada for several years. Before he left for Canada he was employed in Auchenharvie Colliery as a miner.

He was wounded in October last year. A brother was killed about a year ago.”


[Andrew’s brother, Lance Corporal Hugh Strachan, 7th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers, was killed in action on 20th May, 1916.]
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GLASGOW HERALD
12 OCTOBER 1908

EGG THROWING AT SALTCOATS MEETING

Yesterday afternoon JAMES McDONALD, the Kilwinning anti-Popery lecturer, accompanied by about 300 followers marched to Saltcoats and delivered an address to a gathering of nearly 4000 people in the Station Square.

He had previously announced his intention of visiting Saltcoats, and the crowd assembled anticipating some lively scenes.

A ring was formed of his supporters and McDonald in the centre commenced his meeting.

After speaking for some time, his remarks about Roman Catholicism roused the ire of a section of the crowd. Several rotten eggs were thrown, one striking the speaker on the face and another his hat. For a time it was feared that a serious disturbance would occur, as the rival sections jostled each other, but fortunately there was under the supervision of Chief Constable McHardy, a strong body of police, and order was preserved.

Afterwards the address was resumed, but McDonald, although frequently interrupted, was not further interfered with.

At the conclusion of the Saltcoats meeting he marched to Stevenston, along with a big following and a police escort. He spoke for a time at the square in Fullarton Place to a somewhat noisy gathering.
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GLASGOW HERALD
13 OCTOBER 1843

HERITABLE SUBJECTS IN SALTCOATS FOR SALE

To be sold by public roup, within the Saracen’s Head Inn, Saltcoats, on Monday the 14th day of October next, at two o’clock afternoon, that dwelling-house, offices, and garden, in Raise Road, Saltcoats, lately possessed by the deceased Hugh Ritchie, and others, consisting of 73½ feet of ground fronting the Raise Road or New Street, Saltcoats, and extending backwards 143 feet nearly square of said street.
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GLASGOW HERALD
14 OCTOBER 1871

SALTCOATS BOWLING CLUB

On Thursday this club closed its green for the season. The usual supper took place in the Saracen's Head Inn. The chair was occupied by Mr J. P. Halkett, Banker, with Mr James Campbell, Writer, as croupier.

In the course of the evening the chairman presented prizes gained during the season.
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GLASGOW HERALD
15 OCTOBER 1890

LOSS OF A GIRVAN SMACK AND TWO OF THE CREW

The fishing smack FANNY, of Girvan, which had been at the herring fishing at Skipness, while making for Saltcoats with a quantity of herring at about 8 a.m. yesterday, encountered a severe squall off Arran, a mile or so north of Sannox, and foundered.

The three men who composed the crew and who were thrown into the water, are named – William Dummigan, son of the owner of the smack, John Kennedy, and Daniel McLean. The two last named were drowned.

A smack named RAPID, belonging to JOHN SHEDDEN, Saltcoats, was at anchor engaged in lobster fishing a mile nearer the shore. The crew witnessed the accident. Proceeding as fast as possible to the rescue of the unfortunate crew, they found William Dummigan clinging to a barrel and they got him on board the smack.

Another man named Kennedy was afterwards seen floating in the water, but when taken out he was dead.

They remained for some time looking for the body of Daniel McLean, but without success.

The smack RAPID then made for Saltcoats with the rescued man and the body of Kennedy.

It is said that McLean was married and leaves a widow and large family, and that Kennedy leaves a widow but no family.

Much credit is due to John Shedden, and the crew of the RAPID who gallantly attempted to rescue the unfortunate men.
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GLASGOW HERALD
15 OCTOBER 1849

MARRIAGE

At Braehead House, Saltcoats, Ayrshire, on the 9th instant, by the Rev. James McKinlay, Mr Mark Johnson, accountant, Glasgow, formerly Lieutenant and Paymaster, 3rd or The King’s Own Regiment of Dragoons, to Anne Dickie, widow of Mr John Lauder, Kilmarnock.
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16 OCTOBER 1848

MARRIAGE

At Rockvale, Saltcoats, on the 10th instant, by the Rev. Dr. Paterson, of Glasgow, Mr Robert Stark, seedsman, Edinburgh, to Margaret Kerr, eldest daughter of the Rev. David Landsborough.
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GLASGOW HERALD
16 OCTOBER 1890

ASSAULT

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday NATHANIEL ALEXANDER, labourer, Quay Street, Saltcoats, pleaded guilty to having, at South Beach Railway Station, Ardrossan, on 26th September, assaulted William Telfer, railway porter.

It appears that Alexander had gone to the station intoxicated, and the porter had to hold down forcibly in order to keep him out of danger from a passing train. On being released Alexander committed the assault.

He was fined in £3, with the alternative of 30 days imprisonment.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
17 OCTOBER 1918

Died on service at 42nd General Hospital, Salonica, Private WILLIAM MILLER, (21), Royal Scots Fusiliers – Theatre of war, Balkans – son of David and Mary Miller, Nelson Cottage, Montgomerie Road, Saltcoats.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“Word has been received by Mr and Mrs David Miller, Nelson Cottage, Montgomerie Road, Saltcoats, that their second son, Private William Miller, R.S.F., has died of pneumonia in hospital in the East on October 17.

Private Miller, before joining the Army, was an apprentice plumber with Provost J. Christie, Saltcoats. He enlisted in December, 1914, and was stationed at various places in the country until he left for the East in May of last year.

Word was first received that he was dangerously ill, and later came the sad news of his death.

Private Miller, who was 21 years of age, had a wide circle of friends locally, by whom he was much esteemed, and the parents and family will have general sympathy in their loss.

A brother, James, was in the R.F.A., but is now discharged, while another brother, David, is in the Scottish Horse.”
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GLASGOW HERALD
18 OCTOBER 1822

SHIPPING NEWS

Ayr, October 17 – On Saturday the smack ISABELLA, of and from Saltcoats, to Rothesay with coals, upset in a squall off Penorse Point, near Cumbraes Head.

The crew, two in number, clung to the vessel’s bottom, and were luckily, soon after the accident, observed by Captain Ritchie, of the Johns Packet, belonging to this port, who instantly bore down on them, and succeeded at last, after several attempts, in rescuing them from their perilous situation.

Great praise is due to Captain Ritchie for his exertions, as a few minutes more would have rendered his aid unavailing, the men being quite exhausted, and in a sinking state, at the moment they were taken off the wreck.

Captain Ritchie afterwards landed them safe at Troon.
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GLASGOW HERALD
19 OCTOBER 1953

MODERATOR ENDS BUSY TOUR - UNVEILING CEREMONY

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Rev. Professor J. Pitt-Watson, ended his tour of Ardrossan Presbytery yesterday when he preached at St. Cuthbert's, Saltcoats, unveiled the foundation stone on the site of a new church-hall in Saltcoats, and took a united service in the Abbey Church, Kilwinning.

During his tour the Moderator visited many industrial concerns, as well as Ardrossan Academy, Dalry High School, and Speirs Academy. He also attended a joint-schools meeting in Stevenston, and was accorded civic receptions in Stevenston and Ardrossan.

In addition he conducted 14 services in various centres throughout the Presbytery.
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