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Saltcoats - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
28 SEPTEMBER 1876

SALTCOATS BOWLING CLUB

This club closed their green for the season on Monday afternoon by a friendly game.

In the evening the members sat down to supper in the Saracen’s Head Inn, Mr J. G. Halkett, banker, presiding, and Mr Cowan Gibson, Paisley, officiating as croupier.

In the course of the evening the chairman presented the various prizes gain during the season to the successful competitors, viz.: -

Gold Medal, Mr James Guthrie;
Mr Cowan Gibson’s Prize (a beautiful plaid), Mr John Millar;
Mr James Baillie’s Prize (an elegant timepiece), Mr James Guthrie;
Rev. Hallinan’s Prize (a handsome cruet stand), Mr William Jackson; and
Mr Thomas Byrne’s Prize for pairs (two silver watches), Messrs James Guthrie and James Miller.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
28 SEPTEMBER 1915

Died on service, Private JOHN BROWN, Service No. E/7856, Duke of Cambridge’s Own Middlesex Regiment – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – born at Saltcoats; enlisted at Liverpool.
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GLASGOW HERALD
29 SEPTEMBER 1884

RAILWAY ACCIDENT

On Saturday afternoon JAMES ARMOUR, goods porter on the railway, 40 years of age, married and living at Hamilton Street, Saltcoats, had his left leg amputated below the knee from the effects of an accident at the Ardrossan Station.

He was uncoupling some waggons when the engine gave a jerk to the train, and he was thrown down, the wheels passing over his foot, crushing it severely.

He was taken to Kilmarnock Infirmary, when amputation was found necessary.
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GLASGOW HERALD
30 SEPTEMBER 1896

SALTCOATS MISSION COAST HOME EXTENSION OF BUILDINGS

Yesterday afternoon the new buildings erected to extend the Mission Coast Home were formally opened.

From the inauguration of the home its history has been distinctly progressive. Starting in a humble way with a room and kitchen, as time went on other buildings were purchased until it attained considerable dimensions.

The houses in which the inmates were accommodated were old and very unsuitable and about ten years ago the committee who manage the home decided to remove a number of the buildings and erect a more suitable structure on the site. This was done, and improved sitting-rooms and bedrooms provided. The remainder of the old buildings were this year cleared away, and on their site, facing Nineyard Street, the present extension has been built.

The new building consists of three floors, and in order to harmonise with the lower building adjoining it the upper storey has been partly formed in the roof. The windows are finished with gablets, and over the staircase there is a tower. The design of the building is Gothic but the treatment has been free, the question of convenience and comfort being always paramount. The building has a handsome appearance, and commands extensive sea and country views. In the new premises on the three flats there are in all 28 bedrooms, women's sitting room, three rooms for caretakers, and servants' hall. On the sea front a handsome verandah has been erected extending the full length of the range of buildings

The reading room was crowded yesterday, when Mr A. Cameron Corbett, M.P., performed the opening ceremony.

Mr Alexander McCutcheon, J.P., chairman of the committee presided, and he was supported by Mr John Wilson, M.P., Mr John Colville, M.P., and Mr Arthur Guthrie, J.P., Ardrossan, and others.
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GLASGOW HERALD
1 OCTOBER 1862

GRAND COUNTY DRAUGHT MATCH

A match of draughts, open to the county, came off in the Assembly Rooms, Ayr, on Saturday and Monday, for four prizes, the first being a handsome gilt timepiece, with glass shade; 2nd, a brass-bound writing-desk; 3rd, a draught board and a set of bone men; 4th, a set of bone men.

There were players present from Ayr, Newton, and Wallacetown, Kilmarnock, Maybole, Stewarton, Dalmellington, Stevenston, Mauchline, and Tarbolton – in all twenty players.

By that time three ties had been played, when further playing was adjourned till Monday morning.

At the close of the match on Monday it was found that the first prize had been gained by Mr William Reid, Mauchline; the second by Mr Joseph Dunlop, Maybole; the third by Mr Thomas Gray, Saltcoats; and the fourth by Mr George Wright, Ayr.

It is intended, we learn, to have an annual contest among the draught players of the county.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
1 OCTOBER 1918

Died on service, Sergeant JOHN GARVEN, (22), Service No. 18407, 9th Battalion Machine Gun Corps – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – born at Edinburgh; enlisted at Cumnock; resident of Saltcoats.
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GLASGOW HERALD
2 OCTOBER 1840

BIRTH

At Saltcoats, on the 28th ultimo, Mrs William Leckie; a son.
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GLASGOW HERALD
3 OCTOBER 1851

MARRIAGE

At Saltcoats, on the 30th ultimo, by the Rev. David Landsborough, D.D., Patrick Warner Croker, Esquire, to Janet, only surviving daughter of the late John Adam Hendry, Esquire, M.D., Ardrossan,
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GLASGOW HERALD
3 OCTOBER 1908

SAD ACCIDENT

A sad accident occurred in a tenement at Windmill Street, Saltcoats, on Thursday night, whereby a ship carpenter named MALCOLM McKENZIE KERR, 73 years of age, lost his life. He was taking a grandchild upstairs when he lost his balance and fell to the bottom.

Dr. D. B. Campbell was promptly in attendance but the old man’s skull was fractured, and he died an hour later.

The child fell with him but received no injuries.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
3 OCTOBER 1918

Died on service at Casualty Clearing Station 56, France, Private WILLIAM HAMILTON, (31), Gordon Highlanders – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of Mr and Mrs Robert Hamilton, 16 Canal Street, Saltcoats.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“Private William Hamilton, Gordon Highlanders, second son of Mr and Mrs Robert Hamilton, 16 Canal Street, Saltcoats, died of wounds at a casualty clearing station on 3rd instant.

The matron, in a letter to Mrs Hamilton states that he was brought into the hospital very seriously wounded in the abdomen on the 3rd and died at 7 o’clock the same morning.

She says, “I am enclosing a field card that he signed himself because you may like to have it. He just had strength to put his name, and was anxious that you should get it soon so as not to worry. I think it may be a little comfort to you that we were able to make your son comfortable and to let him feel he was among friends, and the surgeon did all that was possible to save his life, but it was not to be. He was such a fine fellow, patient and brave to the last. His mind seemed to be quite at rest, and I don’t think he suffered pain. I do feel for you so very much in what I know will be a great sorrow.”

The Chaplain, in a letter states, that in the afternoon he was buried in the military cemetery there, and he adds, “Your brave son nobly gave his life for others. May the God of all grace comfort you and yours in your great sorrow and loss.”

Private Hamilton, who was 31 years of age, was a native of Saltcoats, and before enlisting in 1915, was a miner employed at Auchenharvie Colliery. He went to the front after three months’ training, and he had been in the fighting practically ever since. He had been twice home, and was due another leave his month.

Private Hamilton was a quiet and likeable young man, and was well known in Saltcoats. He was a brother of Mr Robert Hamilton, tailor, Glencairn Street.

The sympathy of the community will go out to his parents and relatives.”
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GLASGOW HERALD
4 OCTOBER 1844

MARRIAGE

At Saltcoats, on the 1st instant, by the Rev. John Bryce, Mr James Park, schoolmaster, to Miss Helen Shearer, Raise Street.
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GLASGOW HERALD
4 OCTOBER 1852

VESSELS FOR SALE

There will be sold by public roup, within the Saracen’s Head Inn, Saltcoats, on Friday 29th day of October next, at twelve o’clock noon, (unless previously disposed of by private bargain), the following vessels belonging to the Stevenston Coal Company: -

1st The brigantine THREE BROTHERS, of Saltcoats, D. Colman, master; and
2nd The schooner JAMES, of Saltcoats, John Cowie, master.

These vessels are strong and substantial and in excellent order, well adopted for any trade their size may suit. They both underwent a thorough repair, under the inspection of Lloyd’s Surveyor, about two years ago.

For further information, application may be made to Robert Maxton, Saltcoats, or to John Smith, writer, Irvine, who is in possession of the articles and conditions of sale.
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