Ardrossan - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
8 APRIL 1882

ILLEGAL SELLING OF DRINK IN A STEAMER

Yesterday, at Saltcoats Town Hall, JOHN AGNEW, steward of the Dundalk & Newry Shipping Company’s steamer AMPHION, trading between Ardrossan and Newry, was charged with a contravention of the Public House Act by supplying three men with three pints of porter on Sunday, 12 March, while the steamer was at Ardrossan Harbour.

After proof, Agnew was found guilty, and fined £5, with the alternative of 30 days’ imprisonment. The fine was paid.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
8 APRIL 1917

Died on service, Lance Corporal ROBERT BALLANTYNE, Service No. S/12046, 8/10th Battalion Gordon Highlanders – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – born Kirkcudbrightshire, enlisted at Ardrossan.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 APRIL 1873

ARDROSSAN TOWN COUNCIL

On Monday evening the usual monthly meeting was held – Provost Barr presiding.

A gratifying statement as to the orderly manner in which the public houses were conducted was presented, and a satisfactory report as to the sanitary state of the town was also submitted.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 APRIL 1874

ASSAULT

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Criminal Court yesterday, JAMES ARMSTRONG, a dealer residing at Bridgend, West Kilbride, was charged with having, on the 11th ultimo, assaulted William Lamont, Lord Glasgow’s gamekeeper at Knockewart Lodge, Ardrossan.

He pleaded guilty, and having been previously convicted was fined in £2 or 30 days’ imprisonment. The fine was paid.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 APRIL 1875

ARDROSSAN GRAIN MARKET

There was a small attendance at the market on Thursday.

Wheat sold a little better than last week. There were 155 bolls wheat exposed which sold thus – 20 at 21s; 50 at 20s 6d; and 15 at 19s 6d; 32 bolls oats sold at 23s 6d.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 APRIL 1877

TRADE REPORT

The following are the shipments of pig iron from Ardrossan Harbour for the week: - Coastwise, 2510 tons; Foreign, 510 tons; Total 3020 tons.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 APRIL 1889

THE LATE JAMES LEITCH

By the somewhat sudden death of Mr James Leitch, another of the prominent educationists of the West of Scotland has passed from our own midst.

More than thirty years ago Mr Leitch came from Ardrossan Parish School to the Church of Scotland Training College, Glasgow, where for many years he was a lecturer on History and Literature, and where afterwards, in consideration of his eminent services, he was appointed rector.

Many classes of students passed through his hands, and in all parts of the country teachers retain a remembrance of his exact and careful training.

Owing to declining health, Mr Leitch retired from his position as rector of the Training College some years ago; but after a short period of rest and retirement in the country, he acquired the Hillhead Academy, of which he was principal until his death.

Mr Leitch was a man of quiet and retiring habits, and, especially in later years, did not take a prominent public position, but he had a warm interest in every educational movement.

Possessed of considerable literary tastes, he was the author of several works on educational and other subjects, and was a frequent contributor to some of the best magazines of the day.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 APRIL 1898

ARDROSSAN LIBERAL UNIONIST ASSOCIATION

The annual meeting of the above association was held on Thursday night in Mr Kirkhope’s Rooms, Princes Street, Ardrossan. Mr Thomas Kirkhope presided.

The following office-bearers were then appointed: -

Hon. President, the Hon. Thomas Cochrane, M.P.; Hon. Vice-President, Mr John Galloway; Chairman, Mr Thomas Kirkhope; Vice-Chairmen, David McGill and John Nicol; Honorary Secretary and Treasurer, Mr William Boyd.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
9 APRIL 1917

Died on service, Private THOMAS MEIKLE THOMSON, 11th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of Archibald and Margaret Thomson, 3 Glasgow Street, Ardrossan.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“Private Thomas Thomson, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, killed in action, was the third son of Mr and Mrs Archibald Thomson, 3 Glasgow Street, Ardrossan.

Deceased was a native of Ardrossan, and previous to joining the Army in September 1914, he was employed by Ardrossan Harbour Company. He was known to many in the town, and widespread sympathy will be felt for his parents.”

In a letter from the Lieutenant of his Company to Mrs Thomson, informing her of the death of her son on 9 April he says: -

“For the last six months or so your son was one of the Company’s stretcher bearers. It was while in performance of his duties during an advance of this battalion that your son was knocked out. Death was instantaneous, and due to a sniper’s bullet. He was buried in a cemetery near where he fell.

I need not tell you that his death has been a great loss to the Company. No greater compliment can I pay to your son that to tell you that all through last winter he carried out the dangerous and arduous duties of a company stretcher bearer.

Last September your son was offered a stripe by me, which he refused to take, and I hope this may also show you in what esteem he was held by all ranks in the Company.”
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CASUALTY OF WAR
9 APRIL 1918

Died on service, Private WILLIAM DONACHIE, Service No. 350733, Highland Light Infantry – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – enlisted at Ardrossan.
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GLASGOW HERALD
10 APRIL 1912

STRANRAER LICENSING COURT

Hugh Kirkwood, fishmonger, Princes Street, Ardrossan, was granted a new certificate for inn and hotel, Agnew Crescent, Stranraer.
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GLASGOW HERALD
10 APRIL 1914

SALE OF WORK

The drawings at the sale of work at New Ardrossan Parish Church on Wednesday amounted to £130.
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