Ardrossan - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
9 JUNE 1873

THE HERRING FISHING

Up to 27 May there has been a pretty general fishing at Barra – about 250 boats prosecuting the fishing at Vatersay and Castlebay having had an average of about five crans daily to that date.

Since then, and up to the 31 May, the date of last advices, fishing has been very light – the boats, owing to the calm weather, not being able to get to the fishing ground.

About two-thirds of the catch has already been sent to fresh markets by tugs, to Ardrossan and Liverpool.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 JUNE 1874

DEATH

At Venice, on the 13th ultimo, Mr Clark Nicol, late of Ardrossan, chief engineer S.S. CHEVIOT.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 JUNE 1874

ARDROSSAN EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Anniversary services were held on Sunday last, which were conducted by the pastor, Rev. George Lakeman. He stated that during the year the fund for building a church has increased from £850 to £1140.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 JUNE 1875

ARDROSSAN TOWN COUNCIL

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

The meeting agreed to complete remaining repairs on pavements, and charge the expense against proprietors.

The officer was instructed to bring before the Police Court parties who obstructed the thoroughfare by persisting in loitering at street corners.

A letter was read from the railway company as to the supply of gravitation water to the slaughter-house, the former supply having been cut off through the new Kilbride railway operations. The Council declined to pay rates for the new supply, and decided that the railway company should do so.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 JUNE 1877

ARDROSSAN PAROCHIAL BOARD

The monthly meeting of this board was held in the Saltcoats Town Hall on Thursday night – Mr James Fullerton presiding.

The chairman intimated that the petition of the board on the Poor Law Amendment Bill had been presented to the House by Mr Montgomerie, M.P.

The report by the visiting officer of the Board of Supervision on the Ardrossan Board was read, in which it was stated –

(1) “The business seemed to be very creditably conducted; and

(2) I much regret to observe that the pauperism of this parish continues altogether excessive, and I venture again to urge on the Parochial Board the expediency of adopting a consistent system of administration.

The inspector appears to be thoroughly competent to advise the meetings, and if his counsel were uniformly followed, I have little doubt that pauperism would rapidly decrease, with advantage both to the ratepayers and to the truly destitute, whose allowance must be attenuated to supply the means of alimenting numerous doubtful cases.”


The chairman said he had no objection to the two paragraphs in the report in which it was stated that the business seemed to be properly conducted and that the inspector seemed to be thoroughly competent to advise the meetings, but to all the rest he had decided objections.

He quoted statistics to show that pauperism in the parish was decreasing, and in the face of this could not see how Mr McNeil was entitled to say that pauperism of the parish was excessive. The report might be founded on fact, but it was largely mixed up with fiction.

He quoted figures from the Blue Book to show that a large proportion of the parishes in Scotland had a larger expenditure and a greater proportion of paupers than Ardrossan.

Mr Ingram endorsed the chairman’s remarks.

The following committee were appointed to draw up answers to the Board of Supervision, and submit them to the next meeting: -

Messrs James Campbell, Alexander Ingram, Alpine, and Doctor Brown.
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GLASGOW HERALD
10 JUNE 1871

SHIPMENT OF COAL AT SCOTTISH PORTS IN 1870

A Parliamentary return just issued shows the total quantities of coal, cinders, and culm shipped coastwise at the several ports in the United Kingdom in 1870 to be 11,105,666 tons, against 10, 942,295 tons in 1869.

The following shows the quantities shipped from Ayrshire ports: -

Ardrossan, 123,017 tons against 128,534 tons;
Troon, 367,890 tons against 463,318 tons; and
Ayr, 100,167 tons against 99,863 tons.

The quantities exported were: -

Ardrossan, 75,370 tons against 52,371 tons;
Troon, 119,080 against 135,837; and
Ayr, 2508 tons against 2805 tons.
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GLASGOW HERALD
10 JUNE 1872

GENERAL SHIPPING ITEM

The ship THERESA, of New York, 1020 tons, Captain Mudgett, which put back to the Tail of the Bank last week with cargo (pig iron) shifted, is to proceed to Ardrossan to discharge.
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GLASGOW HERALD
10 JUNE 1876

GENERAL SHIPPING ITEM

Liverpool, June 9 – The NOVA SCOTIAN from Baltimore, brings the master of the SARAH YOUNG, from Ardrossan to Quebec, with coals, which vessel was wrecked at St. Peter’s on 12 May.
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11 JUNE 1870

SHIPPING CASUALTY

Report of ANDREW RITCHIE, master of the ZEPHYR, 174 tons, from Sunderland to Ardrossan (coals), about 300 tons: -

Left Sunderland, May 27; and on 29th, at 6 p.m., weather very thick, fog, heavy swell, and calm, ship dragged her anchor, which was let go at 5 p.m. in nine fathoms of water, and stuck on rocks at about 100 yards below water mark, three-quarters of a mile to the westward of Gourdon, not having been able to distinguish the land, it having been very thick since 7 a.m., at which time I could get no observations.

The lead was kept going from 8 a.m. First cast, 21 fathoms, and the ship was wore round to the eastward in 16 fathoms, but still could distinguish no land; got the boat out, and towed with her to the eastward until 5 p.m., when the anchor was let go and would not hold.

The vessel struck very heavily, and the water at high tide is over the cabin floor. The rudder was carried away. Cargo and materials, should the weather continue fine, will be saved.

We are all saved by our own boat and fishing coble.
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 JUNE 1875

ARDROSSAN SCHOOL BOARD

Yesterday afternoon the monthly meeting was held in the secretary’s office, Ardrossan – Provost Barr presiding.

The assessment for next year was fixed at £960.

In regard to the conveyancing of sites for new schools, the Clerk intimated that both parties were to pay their own expenses.
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 JUNE 1877

AYRSHIRE YEOMANRY CAVALRY

The annual carbine competition of the G Troop of Ayrshire Yeomanry Cavalry for the silver cup and other prizes presented by Captain Pollok took place on the company’s range at Irvine on Saturday.

The following are the principal scorers: -

53 - Sergeant Spiers, Ardrossan – (Winner of cup);
50 – Private Henderson, Ardrossan;

48 – Corporal Borland, Kilwinning; and
46 – Corporal Wyllie, Saltcoats.
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 JUNE 1879

ARDROSSAN POLICE COMMISSIONERS

The monthly meeting of the Police Commissioners was held on Monday evening – Provost Barr presiding.

A petition signed by several ratepayers, asking that the street lamps be lighted during summer, was read. It was explained that the lamps were out during the months of May, June, and July, when daylight was not long away.

The Provost moved that if those parties who had signed the petition make arrangements with the Gas Company, and pay for the gas and the lighting, the Commissioners will give them the use of any number of lamps they may wish.

After some conversation the Provost’s motion was agreed to.

The sanitary inspector reported that the town had been thoroughly cleaned, and was in good order.
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