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GLASGOW HERALD
7 OCTOBER 1853

ARDROSSAN SEPTEMBER GAMES AND REGATTA IN HONOUR OF THE BIRTHDAY OF THE EARL OF EGLINTON AND WINTON

The annual sports came off at Ardrossan on Thursday last. The attendance of spectators was much greater than on any similar occasion, and the very appearance of so many joyous countenances had an exhilarating effect.

The Castle Hill and many other places displayed the “meteor flag,” while the ships in the dock and harbour were gaily bedecked with their many coloured signals, etc. The guns on the hill continued firing during the day.

During the progress of the games, the Earl of Countess of Eglinton, and a large party at present sojourning at the castle, joined the numerous spectators, and apparently took a lively interest in the various trials of strength and skill exhibited by the Ayrshire athletes.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 OCTOBER 1844

SHIPPING NEWS

Plymouth, October 3, 1844 – The IDA, Walker, belonging to Ardrossan, has just arrived from Ichaboe, which she left on the 19th of July, with loss of anchors and cables, and had thrown 30 tons of guano overboard on her passage home, in consequence of severe weather.

Tranquility was restored on the island when the IDA left.

Among other vessels there were…..the brigs INDUSTRY and ACTIVE of Saltcoats.

[WIKIPEDIA - In the early 19th century Ichaboe and other islands off the South African coast witnessed the guano equivalent of the American gold rush. The island was once used for sealing and following a visit in 1828 by Captain Benjamin Morrell and the discovery of bird manure to depths of more than 7 metres, the focus turned to the quarrying of guano. At one time more than 400 ships anchored off the island and a shanty town housed thousands of workers. Large-scale scraping and bagging of ‘white gold’ began in 1843 and peaked two years later. The value was so great that competition was fierce, murder was committed over harvesting rights, and two British warships were despatched to restore order over what became known as the ‘Great Guano War’.]
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 OCTOBER 1844

OPENING OF THE NEW CHURCH AT ARDROSSAN

The new church at Ardrossan was opened, for Divine Service, on Sabbath last, the 29th ultimo.

The Rev. John Bryce, minister of the parish, preached in the forenoon; Professor Hill of Glasgow, in the afternoon; and the Rev. D. V. Thomson of Kilmarnock, in the evening – appropriate and eloquent discourses, which appeared deeply to interest the numerous audiences assembled on the occasion.

The collections amounted to a handsome sum of £70.

This church, which has been deemed necessary for the accommodation of this rising place, is an elegant Gothic structure, with a spire, and is comfortably seated for a thousand persons. It has been built by subscriptions from a number of liberal-minded and warmly attracted friends to the Church of Scotland; and besides, an adequate sum for a permanent endowment has been secured through the liberality of the Earl of Eglinton, Sir Charles Fergusson, Bart., Dr. McFadzean of Ardrossan, and others who take an interest in the prosperity of this watering place.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 OCTOBER 1811

OPENING OF THE GLASGOW, PAISLEY, AND ARDROSSAN CANAL

We have the pleasure of announcing to the public, that this very important undertaking has now attained a stage toward completion, fraught with the most beneficial prospects to the great commercial and manufacturing towns which it connects, and to the agricultural interest of the surrounding country.

The cut now finished, part of the intended line of canal from the Harbour of Ardrossan, is an extent of twelve miles, from the town of Johnstone, leading through Paisley, and terminating at the City of Glasgow; a district of country abounding in coal, lime, and ironstone, and enriched by an industrious population of nearly 150,000.
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GLASGOW HERALD
8 OCTOBER 1849

NEW COLLIERY IN KILWINNING PARISH

Provost Barr of Ardrossan having recently acquired a lease of the coal on the estate of Burrowland, parish of Kilwinning, a new coal pit is about being put into full operation, containing a seam of excellent coal, upwards of four feet thick; a second is in course of sinking; and nearly at the same seam of coal.

There is another seam of good workable thickness and quality below the one already shanked.

Both, it is considered, will extend over the whole lands.

The coal-field is quite contiguous to the Kilmarnock branch of the Ayrshire Railway. The shipping of the coal is to take place from Ardrossan, commencing in about three weeks hence.
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GLASGOW HERALD
8 OCTOBER 1873

ARDROSSAN TOWN COUNCIL

On Monday evening the usual monthly meeting was held in the Town Clerk's office. There was a good attendance, and Provost Barr presided.

The Works Committee were deputed to inspect the bridge at the Mineral Well House, reported in an unsafe condition.

The officer reported that two cases for selling drink on Sunday had recently been before the Justice of the Peace Court, in one of which a conviction had been obtained. He was instructed to see that the requirements of the Forbes Mackenzie Act were strictly enforced within the burgh, the chairman remarking that it was the duty of every member of Council to aid him in this work.

A circular from the Board of Supervision as to directions under the Public Health Act, recently issued by the Board, was read, and it was intimated that all the matters referred to had received attention.

The passing of accounts finished the meeting.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 OCTOBER 1873

ARDROSSAN - THE BLACK PRINCE

About twelve o'clock on Tuesday night, the crew of the BLACK PRINCE had some night practice at the heavy guns while the steamer was between Ardrossan and Pladda.

The noise of the guns disturbed not a few slumberers.
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GLASGOW HERALD
10 OCTOBER 1836

LORD EGLINTON’S BIRTHDAY

This being the anniversary (29th September) of his Lordship’s birth, flags were hoisted in the morning on the castle, hotel, and several other places. The vessels in the harbour displayed their whole sails, and a salute of 21 guns was fired from the cannon hill at 12 o’clock.

At four o’clock, upwards of sixty of his Lordship’s and Lady Montgomerie’s tenantry, with a number of the gentlemen of Ardrossan and neighbourhood, sat down to dinner in the hotel, Mr Hunter, Chapelhill, in the chair, supported by the Rev. Mr Bryce, Captain Graham, and J. Hunter, Esquire. Mr Hunter, Ardrossan; Mr Lockhart, Knockrivoch, assisted by Mr Brown, officiated as croupiers.

The dinner went off in excellent style. The toasts of the evening (which were all of the most loyal and constitutional kind), were responded to with utmost enthusiasm.

The chairman, in proposing his Lordship’s health, said, “I now come to the toast of the evening, namely to propose the health of our highly respected Landlord, to do honour to the anniversary of whose birth is the object of our present meeting.

When we reflect on his illustrious predecessors, and the exalted rank he holds in society, not only as a Nobleman possessed of large estates, with a numerous tenantry, but also as a peer of the realm, we may well be proud of thus having an opportunity of celebrating his natal day.

To speak of the peerage at any length is not my intention at present, trusting it may be brought forward in the course of the evening by abler hands; but certainly from the early age his Lordship has entered the Right Honourable House, we may cherish the hope that he will long be a useful member of that body, exerting his talents and influence for the good of his county, in which we trust the agricultural interest will not be overlooked. Indeed, that the agricultural interest will have his particular attention is rather a matter of certainty than hope.

Gentlemen, his Lordship has not only been encouraging agricultural improvement on his own estates, but has also been universally encouraging useful societies for agricultural purposes. These are sure pledges of what he will certainly do in his public career.

Joining all these circumstances together, what a powerful stimulus have we to merit his countenance, in improving our farms to the utmost of our power, with industry and perseverance.

Without further remark, I beg leave to give the health of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Eglinton, with all the honours.

This being responded to with four times four, and all the relatives of the Noble Lord, Lady Montgomerie, Sir Charles Lamb, Captain Hamilton, Lady Jane, etc., etc., were given in succession, and rapturously cheered.

The Peerage, given by Mr Bryce in a long and admirable speech, was received with a thunder of applause.

The Church of Scotland was drunk with three times three and one more cheer, and was replied to by Mr Bryce in a concise and feeling speech.

Among the other toasts of the evening were “The British Constitution;” “The Duke of Wellington;” “Sir Robert Peel;” “Colonel Blair;” “Mr Cuninghame of Thornton,” etc.; and were all received with the most enthusiastic approbation.

During the evening the company were enlivened by many excellent songs – among which Mr J. Hunter’s sea songs and the “Grant’s” gave great amusement.
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GLASGOW HERALD
10 OCTOBER 1851

BIRTH

At Ardrossan, on the 7th instant, Mrs J. O. Mack, junior; a daughter.
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 OCTOBER 1811

GLASGOW, PAISLEY, AND ARDROSSAN CANAL

The Glasgow, Paisley, and Ardrossan Canal, being now navigable from Port Eglinton at Glasgow, to Johnstone, the passage boats will ply daily between these two places.
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 OCTOBER 1850

NOTICE

We the undersigned, formerly proprietors in the steamer ISLE OF ARRAN, hereby give notice, that we have no further connection with that steamer, having sold our respective shares in the months of September and March last.

Robert Young.
Robert Muir, per the heirs of Daniel and John Curdie, Sliddery, Arran.
Archibald Russell.
Robert Shaw.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
11 OCTOBER 1916

Died on service, Lance Corporal ALEXANDER MUNRO, Service No. S/3076, Seaforth Highlanders – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – born at Ardrossan; enlisted at Kilmarnock.
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