Saltcoats - On This Day In History

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Re: Saltcoats - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
5 JANUARY 1875

DEATH

At Seafield Cottage, Ardrossan Road, Saltcoats, on the 4th instant, Sarah Campbell, relict of John Campbell, shipmaster.
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 JANUARY 1886

GLASGOW HOMES FOR DESTITUTE CHILDREN

The annual meeting and Christmas tree in connection with the Homes for Destitute Children at Canal Bank and Rockvale, Saltcoats, was held yesterday in the Free Church Hall.

Mr Galloway, of Kilmeny, Ardrossan presided.

The children, numbering over 80, were seated on a platform at the end of the hall, and presented a healthy, neat, and cheerful appearance.

The meeting, which was very successful and enjoyable, was closed after the distribution of the articles on the Christmas tree by Mrs Halkett.
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Re: Saltcoats - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
7 JANUARY 1882

GREAT STORM

Saltcoats:
The east shore experienced the full force of the storm. Previous storms had demolished a considerable part of the sea wall, and at several points threatened to damage the Glasgow & South-Western Railway. To guard against this workmen have been busy for weeks past strengthening the railway wall and constructing a breakwater with stones and timber at the most exposed parts.

This was a most fortunate precaution, for by twelve o’clock the waves were dashing with great fury against the sea wall, carrying away some of the recently erected barricades, tossing the large pieces of timber about like chips, several of them being thrown over the outer wall.

The water rose to a considerable height, and was carried over the railway. The train from Glasgow due at Saltcoats at 12.10 was looked for with great interest. At length, considerably behind time, the train was observed slowly approaching, the greatest caution being observed in going over the part of the line nearest the sea. The entire train was at times completely hidden from view by the dense showers of spray, but reached its destination in safety.

Half an hour later the sea had made breaches in the railway wall at three points, and was washing over the line. At one piece no less than twenty yards of wall was knocked down. Traffic on the down line had to be suspended, as the earth had been washed from beneath the sleepers. The up line was used for traffic both ways, a pilot engine having passed over safely.

Midway between Saltcoats and Stevenston another breach was made in the railway, and the water rushing through a pipe under the line, flooded a meadow.

A considerable part of Stevenston moor is under water, and the old railway wall demolished. The town presented a singular aspect.

The sea swept over the boundary walls at the harbour, and rushing through the gardens and houses, flooded Dockhead Street, the principal thoroughfare in the town. Shopkeepers were busy trying to keep back the advancing flood, and when this was found impossible, closed their places of business.

Most of the shops were closed, it being only possible to reach them by wading through two or three feet of water. The Bank of Scotland and the Post Office being situated in this part of the town, were also necessarily closed.

The inhabitants of Quay Street fared still worse, the water lying to a greater depth. Several of the inhabitants were removed by a lorry outside the flooded district.

The storm has done a good deal of additional damage to Saltcoats Pier. Another breach has been made in the wall, and about 30 feet of the pier washed away. The breach caused by the late storm has been widened, and the sea washed into the harbour, cutting off the greater part of the pier, from the rest of the town. The tenants of the public house were completely isolated for several hours.

At the extreme end of the pier a large portion of the wall has been washed off. The gable end of the old Salt Pans has been completely demolished.

A good deal of damage has been done at the Braes. The fishing boats which had been beached at the close of the season, and a number of pleasure boats were badly injured.

At the west end a great deal of damage has been done. The sea washed over the esplanade, knocked down the boundary walls, and flooded the fields and gardens at the rear of Eglinton Street. The sea has levelled a number of the garden walls, and lay a depth of six feet.

The water reached a store in Dockhead Street, and hams, bacon, boxes, and barrels were floating about the yard.

During the evening the wind shifted to the north, and moderated. The damage to the railway is being rapidly repaired by a squad of workmen, so that there will be no disruption to traffic.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 JANUARY 1885

GLASGOW HOMES FOR DESTITUTE CHILDREN

The annual meeting and Christmas tree in connection with the Homes for Destitute Children at Canal Bank and Rockvale, supported by the Glasgow United Evangelistic Association, took place yesterday in the Free Church Hall, Saltcoats.

Mr John Galloway of Kilmeny, Ardrossan, presided.

At intervals the children sang hymns with good effect, and a very pleasant meeting was closed by the distribution of the articles on the Christmas tree.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 JANUARY 1888

GLASGOW HOMES FOR DESTITUTE CHILDREN

The annual meeting in connection with the Glasgow Homes for Destitute Children took place yesterday in the Free Church Hall, Saltcoats.

In these homes there are altogether 80 children – 40 at Canal Bank, and 40 in Rockvale, in care of Miss Glen.

These children have been rescued from miserable homes in Glasgow, and brought to Saltcoats, where they are fed and educated.

Mr John Galloway, of Kilmeny, Ardrossan, manager of the Homes, presided.

A choir from Glasgow sang some hymns with fine effect, and the children also sang several hymns.

The gifts were afterwards distributed to the children.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 JANUARY 1889

BIRTH

GRAY: At Craigievar, Saltcoats, on the 5th instant, the wife of Archibald Gray, junior, C.E.; a daughter.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 JANUARY 1889

DEATH

DUNCAN: At Saltcoats, on the 4th instant, Mary Rutherford, wife of William H. Duncan.
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GLASGOW HERALD
8 JANUARY 1881

DEATH

ORR: At Canal Street, Saltcoats, on the 7th instant, Grace, daughter of the late John Campbell, Esquire, Riccarton, and relict of William Orr, Esquire, calenderer, Glasgow.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 JANUARY 1880

MARRIAGE

SCOTT – BLAIR: At St. Marnock’s Cottage, Saltcoats, on the 6th instant, by the Rev. D. E. McNab, R. Scott, Glasgow, to Agnes, daughter of the late John Blair, Esquire, merchant.
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Re: Saltcoats - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
9 JANUARY 1882

DETAILS OF THE STORM

Saltcoats:
Early on Saturday morning the wind fell and the sea rapidly subsided.

A great portion of the pier is in a serious state, and unless repairs are commenced the whole structure is threatened with destruction.

When the gale was at its height on Friday a number of seamen who were on the pier were unable to return, their retreat being cut off by the heavy sea rushing over the broken pier, and they had to spend some hours in this exposed situation.

At the west side of the town a great deal of damage has been done.

In the fields at the rear of Eglinton Street the water is still lying to a depth of six feet, and a drain is being cut to carry it off. Boundary walls have been thrown down, and the esplanade is badly damaged.

The damage done to the Glasgow & South-Western Railway was sufficiently repaired to permit of traffic being resumed on both lines on Saturday morning.
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Re: Saltcoats - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
9 JANUARY 1888

FOOTBALL
SALTCOATS VICTORIA v. ARDROSSAN ENSIGN

At Saltcoats

Result: - Ensign, 5; Victoria, 2.
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Re: Saltcoats - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Sun Jan 10, 2021 9:21 am

GLASGOW HERALD
10 JANUARY 1884

DEATH

McMILLAN: At Windsor Cottage, Saltcoats, on the 8th instant, aged 15 years, Annie, eldest daughter of the late Archibald McMillan, shipmaster.
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