Saltcoats - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
10 SEPTEMBER 1873

SALTCOATS EAST U.P. CHURCH

Anniversary services were conducted in the church on Sunday last.

The Rev. William Beckett, Glasgow, Synod Clerk, preached in the forenoon; the Rev. George Philp, pastor of the church, in the afternoon; and the Rev. William McGilchrist, Ardrossan, in the evening.

The attendance at all services was good, and the sermons suited to the circumstances.
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 SEPTEMBER 1891

FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT

Yesterday forenoon, WILLIAM REID, surfaceman, was employed working on the line a short distance from Canal Street Bridge, Saltcoats, on the Lanarkshire & Ayrshire Railway.

A goods train was approaching on the up-line on which Reid was working, and from the opposite direction a passenger train was coming on the down-line. Before Reid managed to step into the six-foot way he was caught by the engine of the goods train, and sustained a compound fracture of the leg.

He was taken to Saltcoats Station, where Doctor McClymont attended to him, and afterwards accompanied him by special train to Glasgow for treatment at the Royal Infirmary.

When Barrmill was reached the unfortunate man succumbed to his injuries.

Deceased was about 44 years of age, and leaves a wife but no family.
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GLASGOW HERALD
12 SEPTEMBER 1874

THEFT

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday, JANE HIGGINS or COSGROVE, wife of a labourer residing in Crofthead Street, Saltcoats, was charged with the theft of a pair of shoemakers’ pincers from the shop of Alexander Fullarton, in Glasgow Street, Ardrossan, on the 10th instant.

She pleaded guilty, and having been previously convicted, was sentenced to 40 days’ imprisonment.
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GLASGOW HERALD
12 SEPTEMBER 1877

DEATH

At Cuban Cottage, Eglinton Street, Saltcoats, on the 10th instant, aged 61, Captain William Miller, late of Greenock.
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GLASGOW HERALD
13 SEPTEMBER 1881

ACCIDENT TO A MINER

Early yesterday morning a young man named PATRICK McQUADE, a miner, had a narrow escape of being killed by a fall from the roof in No. 5 Pit, Auchenharvie Colliery (Merry & Cuninghame's) shortly after he had commenced work.

He was severely injured on the shoulder and side, and is receiving medical attention at his home in Raise Street, Saltcoats.
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GLASGOW HERALD
13 SEPTEMBER 1888

STABBING CASE AT SALTCOATS

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday – before Mr James Watt, Honorary Sheriff-Substitute – HENRY MURNON, a navvy, residing in Harbour Lane, Ardrossan, was charged with having in Hamilton Street, Saltcoats, on Saturday night, assaulted Robert Tumilty, a steel-worker, by stabbing him behind the left ear with a pocket knife.

He pleaded not guilty, and evidence was led from which it appeared that the assault was the result of a drunken quarrel. The wound was not of a very serious nature.

Murnon was convicted and sentenced to pay a fine of £3, or imprisoned for 20 days.
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GLASGOW HERALD
14 SEPTEMBER 1881

SALTCOATS WATER SUPPLY

The adjourned meeting of the Local Authority was held in the Town Hall on Monday night to hear the decision of the Chairman regarding the vote taken on the formation of a special water district on Monday, 5th instant. There was a very large attendance. Mr James Fullerton presided.

The Chairman said he had been in consultation with Mr Skelton, secretary to the Board of Supervision regarding the various objections to the votes tendered for the amendment and the motion. From the information he received he had no hesitation in giving his decision.

There were three kinds of objection stated. First, against mandates which were neither holograph nor tested; second, against mandates granted by joint owners, trustees, and persons who are not members of the Local Authority; third, against mandates recalled by other mandates at a later date.

For the motion he made out the bad votes to be 6, including all objections, whilst for the amendment 114 of the votes given he considered invalid under the first head alone, because they were neither holograph or witnessed, and this was in accordance with the Board of Supervision. Excluding only the decidedly bad votes, and leaving the doubtful ones alone, there voted for the motion, 84; for the amendment, 26; majority, 58.

He therefore declared the motion carried to include the whole of Saltcoats in Ardrossan parish in the special water district.

Mr Arthur Guthrie, on behalf of the supporters of the amendment, protested against the findings of the Chairman.

Mr Campbell stated that certain members of the Local Authority Committee and shareholders of the Water Company had a conference. As a result of the understanding then arrived at, he moved as follows: -

“That in view of the new scheme of water supply sketched out by Mr Moffat at the meeting of the 5th instant, and without prejudice to the resolutions already come to by the Local Authority, this meeting resolves that no action be taken by the Local Authority or the water managers from which they cannot resile or that can incur expense for a month from this date, in order that the promoters of the new scheme may mature it and submit it with all its details to the Local Authority, and on the understanding that within that time Ardrossan Burgh Local Authority signifies its approval of the scheme. Further, this meeting pledges itself to give the said scheme a fair and candid consideration, with the view of adopting it if found the best.”

At the request of the Chairman, Mr Campbell gave an outline of the proposed scheme.

It was proposed to construct a new reservoir high enough up to supply Stevenston, and that the present reservoirs be retained for such service as they are capable of.

The estimated cost of the purchase of the Ardrossan Water Works and the construction of the new reservoir is from £25,000 to £26,000, and the rate of assessment necessary to repay that money and keep up the water-works would be about 9d per £1 – 1½d on owners and 4½d on occupiers.

If the whole of Saltcoats and Ardrossan burgh only be included, leaving out Stevenston, the rate would be 8d – ½d on owners and 4d on occupiers.

Mr Guthrie seconded the motion, which was unanimously adopted.

The Chairman said he had already expressed an opinion that Ardrossan was the place where a water supply should be obtained for Saltcoats.

Mr Moffat said he would go to the Ardrossan Local Authority, and he would do all in his power to get this scheme or any better scheme carried out for the benefit of the two towns. (Applause.) He would do all he could to induce the two authorities to come together, and he hoped this would be the first step towards making Saltcoats and Ardrossan one burgh. (Applause.)
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GLASGOW HERALD
15 SEPTEMBER 1881

MARRIAGE

CAMPBELL – BLAIR: At Eglinton Street, Saltcoats, on the 13th instant, by the Rev. D. E. McNab, William Campbell, grocer, to Lizzie, third daughter of the late John Blair, Esquire, Maryport.
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GLASGOW HERALD
15 SEPTEMBER 1888

TRAVELLING ON THE RAILWAY WITHOUT A TICKET

Yesterday, at Paisley Sheriff Court – Hon. Sheriff-Substitute McGown on the bench – ROBERT BOYD, labourer, Saltcoats, who pleaded guilty to having travelled, on Thursday night, from Saltcoats to Lochwinnoch without a ticket, was fined in 10s 6d, with 25s expenses, or suffer 10 days imprisonment.
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GLASGOW HERALD
15 SEPTEMBER 1888

SALTCOATS, ARDROSSAN, AND STEVENSTON HORTICULLTURAL SOCIETY

Yesterday the annual flower show in connection with the Horticultural Society took place in Kyleshill School, Saltcoats.

The good weather of the past few days told in favour of competitors, who were able to get their exhibits forward in a better state than was to be expected from the unfavourable season.

The show as a whole was much finer than any that has been seen here for some years.
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GLASGOW HERALD
16 SEPTEMBER 1884

DEATH

MAGEE: at 24 Bradshaw Street, Saltcoats, on the 14th instant, aged 62 years, Agnes Petrie Ellis, wife of Edward Magee, auctioneer.
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GLASGOW HERALD
16 SEPTEMBER 1885

MUNICIPAL MEETING – SALTCOATS

This body met on Monday night – Bailie McIsaac in the chair.

Bailie McIsaac was appointed Treasurer.

Mr James Campbell, writer was appointed Collector of Rates, with a remuneration of 1½ per cent of the sum collected. Mr Campbell was also appointed Clerk to the Commissioners, at a salary of £30 a year, and £5 a year for office rent, with an allowance of 5 guineas for contested elections and 2 guineas when there is no contest. Mr Campbell was also appointed Clerk to the Local Authority at a salary of 5 guineas.

Mr Boyd Miller was appointed Inspector of Cleansing, surveyor of paving and drainage, at a salary of £20.

The Medical Officer’s salary was fixed at 5 guineas.
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