Ardrossan - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
6 JANUARY 1881

VESSEL SPOKEN

The MODERN, of Ardrossan, bound east, all well – January 14 – in latitude 5N, longitude 15W.
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 JANUARY 1885

THE WATER QUESTION

In connection with the proposed purchase of the Water Works on the part of the community, we understand that Mr Reid (of Messrs Reid & Leslie, civil engineers, Edinburgh) visited Ardrossan yesterday and tested the pressure of the water.

The pressure was found to be very good; but as all the public works were idle on account of the holidays the test can hardly be called a fair one, and it is likely the engineer may make a further inspection on an early day.
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 JANUARY 1887

FATAL ACCIDENT

A man named WILLIAM SMITH, employed on the Glasgow & South-Western Railway as a surfaceman was accidentally killed on Wednesday afternoon shortly before five o’clock. He was engaged clearing the points of snow when the train which leaves Ardrossan at 4.50 was being shunted into the platform.

It is supposed he did not observe the train coming down, when he was caught by the first carriage and instantaneously killed.

Smith was over 30 years of age.
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 JANUARY 1887

CURLING
KILBIRNIE –v- ARDROSSAN


On Kilbirnie Loch yesterday the district final tie for the Eglinton Jug was played between Kilbirnie and Ardrossan, the former winning by 21 shots.

The skips and scores were: -

Kilbirnie – Mr John Watt, senior – 25
Ardrossan – Mr Crawford – 4
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 JANUARY 1881

ARDROSSAN GRAIN MARKET

There was a small attendance at market on Thursday, and a limited quantity of grain was exposed, wheat only having been sold at 21s per boll.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 JANUARY 1882

GREAT STORM

Ardrossan:
Terrible as was the gale of 22nd November, it was as nothing compared to that which we experienced yesterday. From midnight on Thursday night it blew strongly from the south-west, and by mid-day it blew the perfect hurricane.

Slates and chimney cans were carried from the roofs of houses and strewn upon the streets, and no one ventured out of doors who could possibly avoid it.

At high water (about one o’clock) the tide rose to an unusual height, and penetrated lanes and streets where it had never been seen before. The large green in front of Montgomerie Street speedily became a lake, and the tide entered Barr Lane, which it penetrated to a distance of at least 50 yards.

The garden of Provost Barr was completely flooded, and heavy planks were washed up on the pavement of Montgomerie Street, more than 100 yards from the usual high-water mark.

At the South Crescent the sea covered the large expanse of greensward, and at Arran Place it made sad havoc with the parapet wall and railing which divides the roadway from the sea. Undermining the wall, it carried huge blocks of stone weighing several hundredweight before it, and tore up the entire roadway. Foot passengers had to climb the parapet wall in front of the houses in Arran Place and hold on by the railings to save themselves from injury.

In all the streets pedestrians had great difficulty in maintaining a foothold, and not a few were overthrown.

At the harbour the force of the gale was greatly felt. Vessels were allowed ample lengths of cable, and as far as yet reported no moorings parted.

At high water, owing to the seas and blinding spray, labour was completely suspended.

At the dock gates the sea was far over on the sides of the dock; and at the graving dock of Messrs Barr & Shearer, shipbuilders, the sea ran level with the top of the road, work also being suspended here.

At the Inches Mr Archibald Boyd’s shipbuilding yard was submerged, and great fears were entertained as to the safety of several small vessels on the stocks; while a hundred yards or so behind Mr Thomas Aitken’s sail-loft and Mr J. Forgie’s block-making establishment, other workshops were flooded.

In the open part of the Inches, at Messrs J. Goodwin & Company’s new foundry and far behind, water several inches in depth rendered the roads completely impassable – in fact, no passage could be obtained within several hundred yards from the usual water-mark.

At various parts timber of all description was floated far up on the beach, and at the height of the gale the occupants of a flooded house had to be removed on a lorry.

Great anxiety prevailed in the surrounding houses at the harbour, and in several instances the inmates had to leave their dwellings for safety.

In the old harbour a fleet of small boats, which usually ride at their moorings during the winter, were forced upon the beach, and not a few of them were sunk where they lay.

The storm continued during the entire afternoon accompanied by blinding showers of hail, sleet, and rain.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 JANUARY 1887

FRAUD

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Summary Court yesterday ROBERT STEEL, 19 years of age, having no fixed place of residence, was charged with several different acts of falsehood, fraud, and wilful imposition, committed in September, 1875, in Kilbirnie, Dalry, Ardrossan, and Largs; also with the theft of a topcoat and a silver watch, the property of persons in Dalry and Ardrossan, from whom he had got the loan of the articles and then put them in pawn.

He pled guilty, and was sentenced to 60 days’ imprisonment.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 JANUARY 1887

ARDROSSAN FREE CHURCH

Yesterday the Free Presbytery of Irvine met in Ardrossan Free Church for the purpose of inducting the Rev. Allan Cameron, late of St. Columba’s Church, Govan, to the pastorate of the church.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 JANUARY 1888

ARDROSSAN HARBOUR COMPANY

The second ordinary half-yearly meeting of the shareholders of the Ardrossan Harbour Company was held yesterday in the chambers of Messrs Kaydens, Strang & Girvan, 186 West George Street, Glasgow.

In the absence of the Hon, G. R. Vernon, M.P., chairman of the company, Mr John Cuninghame, deputy chairman, occupied the chair.

There was a fair attendance of shareholders.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 JANUARY 1889

FOOTBALL
ARDROSSAN ENSIGN v. PORT GLASGOW VICTORIA

Played on the ground of the former – Seafield Park

The match, which was well contested, terminated in favour of the Ensign by 4 goals to 1. The match lasted only one hour.
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CASUALTIES OF WAR
7 JANUARY 1915

Died on service, Private JOHN McLELLAND, (42), 3RD Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers – Theatre of war, Home (died in Cottage Hospital, Johnstone) - Born Ardrossan; Enlisted Ayr; Resident of Johnstone.

Died on service, Corporal DONALD MacAULAY, 1ST Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – Born Partick; Enlisted Ardrossan; Resident of Ayr.
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GLASGOW HERALD
8 JANUARY 1881

ARDROSSAN PAROCHIAL BOARD

This Board met on Thursday evening in the Saltcoats Town Hall – Mr Fullerton presiding.

A number of pauper cases having been disposed of, the inspector was instructed to make inquiry as to the cost of medical visitation of paupers on the island of Arran.

The collector reported that £2750 of the present year’s assessment had been paid. There are still parties in arrear, and the collector was instructed to adopt the usual summary process for recovery of arrears.

£1000 of the school rate was ordered to be paid to the treasurer of the School Board.
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