Saltcoats - On This Day In History

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Post by Hughie » Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:49 am

Kilmarnock Herald & Ayrshire Gazette
April 25, 1952

Sunday Gambling –11 Youths fined


Eleven Saltcoats youths, ages ranging from 14 to 17 years, appeared before Provost Gourlay at the local police court on Monday and admitted gambling with cards in Factory Place on Sunday, 30th March.
They were each fined 5s.

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Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald
May 13, 1876

Monthly J.P. Court, Saltcoats.


At this Court on Friday, the 5th inst., the following cases were disposed of before William Mutter (presiding), William Aitken, and William Lockhart, Esqrs-William Murray, general dealer, Saltcoats, pled guilty to committing a breach of the peace on 26th March, and was fined in 10s or 10 days. -

William Kennedy, labourer, Saltcoats, pled not guilty to committing a breach of the peace on the 28th April, but was convicted, and fined 10s or 10 day.

Thomas Robertson, apprentice carpenter, and Robert M Farlane, collier, both in Saltcoats, pled guilty to assault and breach of the peace on the 2nd April, and were fined 10s each or 10 days.

Patrick O'Hare, general dealer, Saltcoats, pled guilty to breach of the peace and assault on the 19th April, and was fined £2 or 30 days.

Ann Jane M Laughlan or McCallum, and Ann Meenan or Knucky, both from the Happy Land, Saltcoats, charged with assault there on the 20th April, pled guilty, but were convicted and fined 10s each or 10 days.

Torrence M'Quade, navvie, Green St., Saltcoats, forfeited a deposit of 5 shillings by non appearance for being found drunk and incapable. All the fines were paid.

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The Ayr Observer
May 18, 1888


FOOTBALL- IVANHOE (Saltcoats) v. WAVERLEY (Ardrossan).-Played on the ground of the former on Wednesday evening, resulting in a draw-1 goal each,

FOOTBALL- SALTCOATS VICTORIA V. KILWINNING MONKCASTLE, - Played on the Brewery Field on Wednesday evening, and resulted in a draw - goals each.

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Post by Hughie » Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:11 am

Irvine and Fullerton Times
June 15, 1883

The Nineyards


Sir, - I was taking a look the other day at the demolition of old houses going on in Nineyards Street. It occurred to me that it would be interesting to know the history of these houses, or of the Nineyards on which they are bullt. Are they the "Cots" which gave the name to the town? According to Chamber's Gazeteer, published in 1831, “Saltcoats, one hundred and seventy years ago, contained only four huts for making salt." Perhaps some of your correspondents or readers have light which they can give.

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Saltcoats, 13th June, 1883

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Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald
July 31, 1908

The Mineral Well

The Saltcoats Mineral Well has been even more largely patronised this week than on the opening week. On Monday last over 300 persons tasted its health-giving waters, and from the opening date up till last night the number who have patronised it is about 2500. As showing the possibilities of the well in the way of attracting visitors to the town, it may be mentioned that, at least, one lady has taken the house she occupied for a fortnight longer than she intended, owing to the physical benefits derived by her from the water. The well-house and its surroundings are now in first class order, and everything points to the Spa being a permanent success.

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Post by Hughie » Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:06 pm

Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
August 20, 1948

Saltcoats Victim of Train Collision

Two goods trains collided near Johnstone, Renfrewshire, on Tuesday. The guard of one of the trains, James King, aged 63, of High Road, Saltcoats, made a vain attempt to jump clear, but was trapped beneath his van which was splintered by the crash. He died in hospital in Paisley that night despite efforts to save his life including the amputation of one of his legs.

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Post by Scott McCallum » Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:12 am

James King was my wife's (Cathy Adam) grandfather, I tried to get his fatal accident enquiry from the Paisley and Johnstone libraries but it has long since been lost. The train company took no blame for the accident and my mother-in-law's family got no compensation.
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Post by Penny Tray » Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:57 am

Scott,

You may or may not have come across the Glasgow Herald's account of the accident: -

GLASGOW HERALD
18 AUGUST 1948

GOODS GUARD DIES AFTER CRASH

The guard of a stationary goods train, JAMES KING, (63), 91 High Road, Saltcoats, who saw that a collision with another goods train was imminent and jumped to the line, died last night in a Paisley infirmary after having a leg amputated.

King’s train was on the main Ayr to Glasgow line outside Johnstone Station yesterday when the collision occurred. One waggon of the stationary train was telescoped and the guard’s van and another van were smashed and derailed. The other train was undamaged.

It was about four hours before the line was cleared but there was no delay to traffic which was diverted via Johnstone North Station.
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Post by Scott McCallum » Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:32 pm

Thanks PT, I have a copy of the same report from one of the local Paisley newspapers.
When I read the article, it came into my mind that the family must have taken great comfort from the fact that the tragic accident caused no delays to the ongoing traffic on the railway lines.
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Post by Scott McCallum » Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:42 pm

Just noticing a coincidence on the page.
On my wife's father's side of the family, both his grandfather and geat-grandfather worked at the mineral well in the Holm Plantation.
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Post by Meg » Fri Aug 21, 2020 5:47 pm

Scott McCallum wrote:
Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:42 pm
Just noticing a coincidence on the page.
On my wife's father's side of the family, both his grandfather and geat-grandfather worked at the mineral well in the Holm Plantation.
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Scott - I’ve sent you a pm.

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Post by Hughie » Tue Aug 25, 2020 2:47 am

The Liverpool Echo
August 25, 1880,

Death of the Founder of the Allan Line.

Mr. James Allan, the founder of the Allan line of steamers, expired at his coast residence, Skelmorlie, on the Clyde, this morning. Some half a dozen years ago Mr. Allan suffered from a shock of paralysis, which left him in weakly health, but it was only the other day that his friends found cause for concern in his condition, Yesterday it was evident that the end was nigh, and this morning he passed away quietly at his residence at Skelmorlie.

Deceased, who had reached his seventy-second year, was born at Saltcoats, and as a lad was attracted by the charms of the seafaring life. His father, the pioneer of shipowning in the Canadian trade, having a numerous fleet of ships, the son became commander of one of the vessels. In a few years, however, he retired from the sea, and, entering his father's office as a merchant, took charge of the shipping business. Subsequently deceased, along with his brothers Alexander, Sir Hugh, and Andrew, of Montreal, and the late Bryce Allan, of Liverpool, founded the line of steamers known by the family name.

Little requires to be said of the success of this fleet of vessels-of how the line has gradually made its way in the shipping world until it now takes one of the most important places in the Atlantic Ocean mercantile service. All along the deceased had taken an active share in the management of the packets ; and even if he was laid aside by failing health be continued to take an active interest in the business. To all matters appertaining to shipping he devoted much attention, and for some years he did good service as a member of the Clyde Trust. While predeceased by his wife, Mr. Allan leaves a numerons family.

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