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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
October 1, 1948

Child's Lucky Escape

A three-year-old child had a fortunate escape from death when he run on to the roadway in the path of a double-decked 'bus in Glasgow Street, Ardrossan, on Monday afternoon. He was Michael McArthur who resides with his parents at 26 Barr Place, and although struck by the "bus, he received only superficial injuries and was taken home.
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Michael will be remembered fondly by some of our older members. He died in 2011.
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GLASGOW HERALD
2 OCTOBER 1857

SHIPPING NEWS

Copenhagen, 24 September – The AYRSHIRE LASS, of Ardrossan, McFee, from Liverpool to Narva, with salt, has got aground on Saltholm; an agreement has been made to lighten the vessel, and get her into safety.
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GLASGOW HERALD
3 OCTOBER 1851

DEATH

At Montgomerie Street, Ardrossan, on the 30th ultimo, George Erskine, youngest son of the late William Brown, Esquire, Parkend, Saltcoats.
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GLASGOW HERALD
3 OCTOBER 1938

NEW CHURCH OPENED AT ARDROSSAN

The new Roman Catholic Church, St. Peter in Chains, Ardrossan, was opened yesterday.

Ardrossan parishioners were, prior to the erection of the church, attached to the congregation of St. Mary’s, Saltcoats, and services were also held in a hall in Ardrossan.

The new church has been built on the site and in the grounds of The Pavilion, South Crescent, a residence formerly belonging to the Eglinton family.

The building, which is of unusual design, cost about £10,000 and accommodates 300 worshippers.

Messrs Gillespie, Kidd and Coia, Glasgow, were the architects.

There was a large congregation at the opening service, at which High Mass was celebrated.

The Most Rev. Donald Mackintosh, Archbishop of Glasgow, officiated.
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GLASGOW HERALD
4 OCTOBER 1841

THE BIRTHDAY OF THE EARL OF EGLINTON AND WINTON

This event was, on Wednesday, celebrated with unabated spirit by the numerous tenantry of this much esteemed Nobleman throughout his extensive estates.

At Ardrossan the cannons from the Castle Hill were fired, and a number of the inhabitants assembled in the evening and dined on the occasion.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
4 OCTOBER 1917

Died on service, Private ROBERT RAMSAY STAIRS, Service No. 28397, King’s Own Scottish Borderers – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of Mrs Stairs.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald previously reported: -

“It is with much regret we record that Private Robert Ramsay Stairs, of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, has been missing since 4th October.

Official information has been received by his widowed mother to that effect, and we reproduce his photograph in the hope that someone at the front may be in a position to give information.

Private Stairs was a letter press machine-man in the office of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald, and had been three times rejected by the recruiting authorities before being finally accepted.

After a comparatively brief training he was drafted to France in May last, and from that time till the beginning of October was a regular correspondent. He was much liked by every member of the staff, and was a capable and obliging workman.

Any information regarding him will be gratefully received.”


[Robert’s name appears on the War Memorial at Ardrossan.]
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GLASGOW HERALD
5 OCTOBER 1840

DESIRABLE ESTATE NEAR ARDROSSAN FOR SALE

To be sold by public roup within the Eglinton Arms Inn, Irvine, upon Saturday the 24th day of October next, at one o’clock p.m., if not previously disposed of by private bargain, the lands of DYKEHEAD, consisting of about 106 acres Scots, all arable, finely situated with a southern exposure, about 3 miles from Ardrossan, and within 2 miles of Dalry.

The compact property abounds with coal and limestone, and is also understood to contain excellent ironstone, all of which, from their proximity to Ardrossan and to the Dalry depot of the Glasgow & Ayrshire Railway, may be easily turned to great advantage.

This property is out of lease at Martinmas next.

For further particulars, apply in Irvine to Messrs Patrick Blair, and James Johnstone, the latter of whom has the title deeds; or in Glasgow to Messrs Mack & Thomson, 12 Exchange Square.
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GLASGOW HERALD
5 OCTOBER 1849

FATAL ACCIDENT

On arrival at Ardrossan on Saturday last, of the steamer FIRE FLY, Captain Brown, from Belfast, the passengers having all landed, one of them, a very old woman, perceiving she had left a bundle, returned on board to procure it.

On going along the gangway in the dark, the hatches having been off, she unfortunately fell into the hold, and was killed almost instantaneously.

A medical man was immediately on the spot, but without avail; she survived only a very short time.

She belonged to Ireland, but the particular place and her name cannot yet be ascertained. She has been respectably coffined, and any little property she had preserved, waiting the next arrival of the steamer from Belfast, that her relations may come forward to claim her.

All of the other passengers had gone away previous to the accident, some of whom might possibly have known her.
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 OCTOBER 1848

ARDROSSAN 29 SEPTEMBER GAMES

The annual sports and amusements in honour of the birthday of the Earl of Eglinton and Winton came off on Friday, at Ardrossan, with considerable animation and sprightliness.

The day, though rather dull, was good; and enabled the tenantry on the Barony of Ardrossan, and people from the neighbouring towns and villages to highly enjoy the humours of this popular and merry meeting.

The vessels in the harbour hoisted their colours; the pleasure-yacht CAYMAN, which arrived in the forenoon with the Marquis and Marchioness of Ailsa from Culzean Bay, was particularly admired for the display of her rich and variously coloured drapery; and Union Jacks flaunted from the Pavilion and the Castle Hill. The artillery on the hill, at noon, fired a feu de joie of twenty-one guns, which sent their booming echoes far among the hills and corries of the surrounding country.

The Ardrossan Railway Company kindly conveyed parties from Kilwinning to Ardrossan by the forenoon trains, returning from Ardrossan by the Afternoon trains, for a single fare – a favour which was appreciated by vast crowds of well-dressed people of both sexes.

On a rough estimate, there could not be less than from 6000 to 7000 persons present; and the sports seemed to be highly enjoyed.

On the grounds, in the course of the day, were observed – The Earl and Countess of Eglinton and Winton; the Marquis and Marchioness of Ailsa; Lord Montgomerie; Lord David Kennedy; W. M. Alexander, Esquire, of Ballochmyle; Mr Compton; Misses Cockerell, etc., etc.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
6 OCTOBER 1918

Died on service, Clerk 3rd Class FRANCIS WILLIAM AITKEN, (32), Service No. 299256, Royal Air Force Recruits Deport, Blandford – Theatre of war, Home – buried at Ardrossan Cemetery – husband of Janet Plenderleith Aitken, Alipore, Skelmorlie.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 OCTOBER 1853

NOTICE TO SHIPPERS – NOW LOADING FOR PORT PHILIP, DIRECT

The magnificent new Clyde-built clipper frigate ship, CONTEST, J. Jennings, commander, 1160 tons per register, and 1700 tons burthen, 13 years A1 at Lloyd’s.

This ship has been built by the eminent shipbuilders Messrs Barr & Shearer of Ardrossan, of the most costly materials, combining every recent improvement in model and equipments, and offers an opportunity for comfort and speed not surpassed by any steamer or packet ship from England.

Carries an experienced surgeon, and it is intended to limit the number of passengers to less than one half that the Act allows – landing them at Melbourne Wharf.

For freight or passage, apply to Peter & Thomson Aikman, 110 Buchanan Street, or Aitken & Burrell, 65 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow.
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