Saltcoats - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
11 JULY 1877

ORDINATION SERVICES

Yesterday the Presbytery of Irvine met in the North Church, Saltcoats, for the purpose of ordaining the Rev. John Clark, M.A., B.D., Glasgow, to the pastorate of the church, which was recently rendered vacant by the resignation of Mr Primrose.

The Rev. John Grahame, M.A., B.D., Stevenston, preached an able discourse from 1st Timothy i, 15. He afterwards presided at the ordination; and addressed the pastor-elect and people in suitable terms.

As the congregation retired they gave their new minister a very cordial welcome.

A dinner was afterwards held in the Saracen’s Head Hotel, at which there was a good attendance.

A soiree was held in the church in the evening at which there was a good attendance – the Rev. John Clark, the newly ordained pastor presiding. Addresses were given by a number of ministers, and some excellent pieces of music were rendered by an efficient choir.
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 JULY 1881

SALTCOATS AND STEVENSTON WATER SUPPLY

The joint committee appointed to make investigation into the possible local or other sources of water supply submitted their report at a meeting of the Local Authority on Friday night in the Town Hall, Saltcoats – Mr James Fullerton presiding.

After discussing the report it was agreed to convene a special meeting on 28th instant, for further consideration of the matter, the committee to continue to act and supplement their report by any additional alterations that may be necessary before that time.
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GLASGOW HERALD
12 JULY 1878

BOWLING - SALTCOATS v. ARDEER

The annual friendly match between these two clubs was played this week on Saltcoats green, for rinks a side with the following result: -

Saltcoats, 110; Ardeer, 53.
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GLASGOW HERALD
12 JULY 1888

MARRIAGE

PATON – GIFFEN: At the Bath Hotel, Glasgow, on the 11th instant, by the Rev. David Woodside, B.D., Woodlands Church, assisted by the Rev. Fergus Ferguson, D.D., Queen’s Park, James R. Paton, Gayfield, Crosshill, to Martha Jane, eldest surviving daughter of the late James Giffen, East U.P. Church, Saltcoats.
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GLASGOW HERALD
12 JULY 1888

HEALTH REPORT

Dr. Brown, medical officer of the burgh of Saltcoats, reports that the health of the town is very good, there being at present no contagious or infectious diseases.

For the past quarter the death have been only 20 – 9 males and 11 females. Of these 7 were from 56 to 90 years, and the average age at death was 33.

The death rate is 14.5 per 1000, which is the most favourable report the medical officer has yet made.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
12 JULY 1915

Died on service, Private THOMAS DAVIDSON, 14th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers – Theatre of war, Gallipoli – son of Mr and Mrs Allan Davidson, Saltcoats.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“Private Thomas Davidson, whose death at the Dardanelles we reported in our last issue was a son of Mr and Mrs Allan Davidson, Saltcoats.

He was connected with the local company of Territorials and went out to Gallipoli with the 14th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers.

Prior to the war he was engaged as a miner at the Ardeer Colliery, Stevenston.

Private Davidson had a certain poetical gift, and wrote a number of verses while in the army. Two of his pieces, “A Barrack Room Scene,” and “In the Trenches,” have since been printed.”
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GLASGOW HERALD
13 JULY 1886

SALTCOATS - FUNERAL OF MR WILLIAM BRYDEN

Yesterday the remains of the late Mr William Bryden, Manager of the Mission Coast Home, were interred at Ardrossan Cemetery.

A service was held in the Free Church Hall, at which there was a large attendance. The Rev. Alexander Cross, Ardrossan, presided.

The funeral was the largest ever seen in Saltcoats, and was witnessed by a large number of spectators. The bells of the various churches and the town hall were tolled. Those at the funeral included a large number of ladies, clergymen, and leading townsmen. The coffin was covered with beautiful wreaths of flowers sent by friends. The shops in the town were closed.
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GLASGOW HERALD
14 JULY 1874

SALTCOATS WEST U.P. CHURCH

The anniversary services in connection with the West U.P. Church were held on Sunday, the attendance at all the diets being large.

In the forenoon and evening the Rev. Professor Calderwood, LL.D., Edinburgh, preached appropriate discourses, the Rev. George Fairgrieve, the pastor officiating in the evening.

The collections amounted to £27 11s 6½d.
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GLASGOW HERALD
15 JULY 1873

BIRTH

At Saltcoats, on the 11th instant, the wife of J. Ritchie Brown, M.D.; a son.
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GLASGOW HERALD
15 JULY 1876

BAZAAR

The bazaar on behalf of the proposed new institute and hall for Saltcoats was re-opened yesterday.

The drawings on Thursday reached £100, and up till yesterday evening at six o’clock £90 more had been added, making a total of £190.

The bazaar continues today.
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GLASGOW HERALD
15 JULY 1885

MUNICIPAL MEETING – SALTCOATS

This body met in the Town Hall on Monday evening – Provost Halkett presiding.

Some correspondence was read regarding the application of the Commissioners to be constituted the Local Authority in the burgh.

The Board of Supervision replied that no determination on their part was necessary, as in terms of Section 5 of the Act the commissioners become ipso facto the Local Authority.

The Commissioners resolved to meet on Monday first to consider and decide what steps are necessary to carry out the Public Health Act within the burgh.

Afterwards standing orders were adopted, and the meeting adjourned.
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GLASGOW HERALD
15 JULY 1886

EMPLOYERS’ LIABILITY CASE

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday Sheriff Hall gave decision in an action at the instance of James Knox, labourer, Raise Street, Saltcoats, against Robert McAlpine, contractor, Kerelaw House, Stevenston, for £150 damages for injuries sustained by him through the fall of a gangway while he was working for the defender at a cutting on the Lanarkshire & Ayrshire Railway on the 8th February last.

The Sheriff in assoilzising the defender says: -

In this case the pursuer lays his action exclusively on the Employers’ Liability Act of 1880.

It is certain that on the morning of the 8th February, 1886, while in the defender’s employment, he met with an accident, and in the Sheriff Substitute’s opinion that accident must on the evidence be held to have resulted from the negligence of Scott, the defender’s foreman, for which, under the Employers’ Liability Act, the defender is responsible.

But, notwithstanding this, there are, the Sheriff Substitute thinks, two grounds on which the pursuer’s claim for reparation must be disallowed –

(1) The injury which he sustained in consequence of the accident was exceedingly trifling. Dr. Milroy, the only witness examined who is qualified to give evidence on the subject, seems to have grave doubts whether, in point of fact, he was injured at all.

The proof on the whole seems to show that the pursuer is not a strong man, and it may be regarded as clear that the so-called relapse which made him take to his bed some six months after the accident was a pulmonary ailment with which the accident had no connection.

(2) The pursuer for six weeks after the accident drew a weekly allowance of 9s from a fund established by the defender for the benefit of his workmen on the footing that any workman who took advantage of it thereby discharged all claims he might have against the defender either under the Employers’ Liability Act or at common law.

The competency and binding character of such a condition were settled in the case of Griffiths V. Earl of Dudley, 1882.

It is quite true that the employer himself contributes to the fund, but that element is only material from its bearing on the doctrine of consideration which does not obtain in the law of Scotland.
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