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GLASGOW HERALD
4 SEPTEMBER 1877

ARDROSSAN BOWLING CLUB

The concluding tie for the President’s (Mr John Moffat) Bowls was played on Saturday between James Barbour and John Hunter.

The game was well contested. Hunter stood 20 to Barbour’s 15, at which point Barbour pulled up and won the game.
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GLASGOW HERALD
4 SEPTEMBER 1877

THE VOLUNTEERS – ARDROSSAN v. KILMARNOCK

On Saturday afternoon a detachment of ten men each from the above corps engaged in a competition at the Ardrossan shooting range on the Inches. The weather during the time of the shooting was not altogether favourable, a strong wind having prevailed. Distance 200 yards, 10 rounds.

Score: - Ardrossan, 223; Kilmarnock, 247.
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GLASGOW HERALD
4 SEPTEMBER 1877

BOARD OF TRADE INQUIRY AT ARDROSSAN

The Court met yesterday and delivered judgment in the inquiry as to the circumstances attending the stranding of the steamer AMELIA, of Glasgow, on the 15th August, near Cape Caroviero, on the coast of Portugal.

The judgment of the Court was read by Mr A. Alexander as follows: -

“The Court having carefully considered the evidence and heard parties’ prosecutors thereon, finds that the charge of careless navigation made against the master by the Board of Trade is proved.

The evidence as to the state of the weather is conflicting. The master states that it was not thick, but only slightly hazy, but other witnesses state that it was so thick after seven p.m. that nothing could be seen. The weight of evidence favours the latter statement; but whichever was the case, the Court finds that the master was in fault, for if it was only slightly hazy, there must have been a very bad look-out kept, or the vessel would not have been run on the beach within two miles of a bright light without having slighted it. On the other hand, if it was so thick that nothing could be seen, the engines should have been slowed and the lead hove.

The Court therefore consider the master, David Gillies, to be in default, and orders that his certificate be suspended for a period of three calendar months from this date.

There being no charge against the chief mate, Archibald C. McBride, the Court orders his certificate to be returned; each party to pay their own expenses.”


Mr Alexander said that two satisfactory circumstances had been brought forward in favour of the captain – viz., that he had excellent testimonials, and that he still retained the confidence of the owners.
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GLASGOW HERALD
4 SEPTEMBER 1889

ARDROSSAN SCHOOL BOARD

A special meeting of the Ardrossan School Board was held in the Board Room yesterday afternoon.

It was agreed to exempt all scholars up to the fifth standard from paying school fees.
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GLASGOW HERALD
5 SEPTEMBER 1887

BOWLING TOURNAMENT AT ARDROSSAN

The annual tournament in connection with this green was played on Saturday and was favoured with choice weather. There were a large number of entries, and the prizes numbered no fewer than 36.

The following were the prize-takers: -

1st John Ballantine; 2nd John Allison; 3rd Joseph Kerr; 4th John Robertson; 5th John Boyd; 6th Thomas Kirkhope; 7th Arthur Hogarth; 8th Captain McMillan; 9th Harry Hogarth; 10th James Clark; 11th William Nicholson; 12th James Bain; 13th John Bain; 14th John Stewart; 15th William Marshall; 16th E. Currie; 17th E. D. Boyd; 18th William Leckie; 19th Gavin Kirkland; 20th J. H. Mearns; 21st John McLean; 22nd Charles Murchie; 23rd Harry Wallace, 24th John Barclay; 25th James Tyre; 26th D. Gillies; 27th A. G. MacDonald; 28th William Beck; 29th John Crawford; 30th J. H. Thomson; 31st Captain Semple; 32nd John Jamieson; 33rd James McMillan; 34th James Stewart; 35th John McMurray; and 36th William Guthrie.

At the close of play, Mrs Captain Boyle, one of the lady patronesses presented the prizes to the successful competitors.

Mr A. G. MadDonald, president of the club, proposed a vote of thanks to Mrs Boyle for her kindness in coming forward to distribute the prizes. Which were heartily awarded.

On the motion of Mr Thomas Kirkhope, a cordial vote of thanks was awarded to the donors of the prizes; and the proceedings closed with three cheers for the popular president of the club.
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 SEPTEMBER 1872

VESSEL SPOKEN

The BROTHERS, from Ardrossan for Philadelphia, August 20, in latitude 41N, longitude 69W.
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 SEPTEMBER 1875

TRADE REPORT

The shipments of pig iron at Ardrossan Harbour for the week ending Saturday were: -

Coastwise, 1516 tons; Foreign, 870 tons; Total, 2386 tons.
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 SEPTEMBER 1973

8-TON LOAD INJURES COUPLE IN CAR

A steel rudderhead weighing eight and a half tons fell from a lorry on the Holmston Brae between Greenock and Inverkip yesterday and wrecked a car travelling towards Greenock.

The two occupants of the car, Mr George Lane, aged 41, a customs officer, and his wife, Olive, aged 38, of 7 Beach Walk, Wemyss Bay, were seriously injured and have been detain in Greenock Royal Infirmary.

The rudderhead was being taken to Ardrossan for shipment to Harland & Wolff’s yard in Belfast.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 SEPTEMBER 1870

ARDROSSAN TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

The usual monthly meeting of Council was held in the Town Clerk’s office on Monday evening – Bailie Hogarth presiding.

The minutes of two previous meetings were read, from which it appeared that the rate of assessment had been fixed at 1s per £1, and that Mr Robert Emslie had be re-appointed Collector.

Mr Hogarth reported that the committee had met and fixed the place to which the water was to be led in the new bleaching green, and the water company’s manager had received instructions on the subject.

They had also examined the sewer on the north side of Glasgow Street, and agreed to recommend that two syes be put into the siphor there. The meeting approved of this, and instructed Bailie Hogarth to see the work done.

Mr Hogarth intimated that he had instructed Mr Young to supply a piece of new hose for the fire engine for that which had been damaged.

The Treasurer was instructed to get the street lamps put in order, with a view of having them lighted for the winter.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 SEPTEMBER 1875

3RD RENFREWSHIRE RIFLE VOLUNTEERS v. 4th AYRSHIRE (ARDROSSAN) ARTILLERY VOLUNTEERS

On Saturday last a match took place between these corps at Paisley, and resulted in favour of the former by one point.

The conditions were seven rounds each of the rifle and seven out of the carbine of the artillerymen, all at 200 yards standing.

Result: 3rd RRV, 310 points; 4th AAV, 311 points.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 SEPTEMBER 1875

THE VOLUNTEERS

The annual competition of the 4th Ayrshire (Ardrossan) Artillery Volunteers for a series of money prizes took place at the battery on Saturday last, the range being 200 yards, seven rounds.

The following were the prize-winners: -

Old Hands:
Sergeant J. McEwing, 17 points; Captain H. Barclay; Quartermaster Sergeant Leckie, 15 points; Corporal J. Boyce; Sergeant C. Anderson; Corporal J. Craig; and Gunner R. Thomson, 14 points.

Recruits:
Gunners R. McKinnon, 12 points; J. Murray, 10 points; and F. Murchie, 8 points.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 SEPTEMBER 1876

REDUCTION IN THE PRICE OF GAS

The directors of the Ardrossan Gas and Water Company Limited have agreed to reduce the price of gas from 5s 10d to 5s per 1000 cubic feet.
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