Ardrossan - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
1 APRIL 1878

ARDROSSAN - BODY FOUND

On Saturday evening about eight o'clock the body of a man was found in an advanced stage of decomposition was found in Ardrossan harbour.

Deceased was identified as WILLIAM RITCHIE, of Ardrossan, who went amissing in February last. He is supposed to have fallen into the dock whole going on board the vessel.

He is about 34 years of age, unmarried, and belongs to Ardrossan.
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GLASGOW HERALD
1 APRIL 1871

TRADE REPORT

The following were the pig iron shipments from Ardrossan Harbour for the week ending 1 April: -

Coastwise, 2668; Foreign, 460; Total, 3128.
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GLASGOW HERALD
1 APRIL 1874

GENERAL SHIPPING ITEM

The ship BARBADIAN, which returned from sea about 10 days ago leaking, after having discharged her cargo at Albert Pier, Greenock, was yesterday towed to Ardrossan to be docked for repairs.
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GLASGOW HERALD
1 APRIL 1874

SHIPPING CASUALTY

The barque JOHN BLACK, of St. John, New Brunswick, bound to Boston, with pig iron, put back to Ardrossan yesterday with cargo shifted and leaky.

She had proceeded as far as latitude 55 29N; Longitude 12W.
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GLASGOW HERALD
2 APRIL 1875

ARDROSSAN GRAIN MARKET

There was a small attendance at the market on Thursday.

There were 240 bolls wheat exposed, 90 of which sold at 20s.
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GLASGOW HERALD
2 APRIL 1877

TRADE REPORT

The following are the shipments of pig iron from Ardrossan Harbour for the week: -

Coastwise, 1356 tons; Foreign, 170 tons; Total, 1526 tons.
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GLASGOW HERALD
2 APRIL 1878

DEATH

At Arran Place, Ardrossan, on the 1st April, aged 77 years, Captain Peter McFee.

DEATH OF AN OLD SHIPMASTER

We regret having to record the death of Captain Peter McFee, one of the oldest of our shipmasters, which took place at his residence in Arran Place, Ardrossan, yesterday morning.

So far back as 1827 deceased commanded a brig which was then engaged in trade between Saltcoats and Ireland, and a few years later he and his owner purchased the brig MARY ANN, which he sailed for several years.

About 1843 he purchased a share of the brig HENRY, and it was while he was in command of this vessel that he received the appointment of Harbourmaster at Ardrossan in 1844, the duties of which he continued to discharge with much acceptance till 1868, when he resigned the position on account of increasing years. So much satisfaction did he give in this position that on his retirement he received the presentation of a silver plate from the Earl of Eglinton.

Deceased had been for many years an elder in Ardrossan New Parish Church and was highly esteemed by the community for his many excellent qualities.
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GLASGOW HERALD
2 APRIL 1878

NEW POLICE

Yesterday Ardrossan was placed under the charge of the County Police for the first time since it became a burgh, 30 years ago.

The force will consist of a sergeant and four men, two of whom, we believe, will attend to the harbour.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
2 APRIL 1916

Died on service, Private ARCHIBALD KENNEDY WALKER, (18), Gordon Highlanders – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of Robert and Mary Kennedy Walker, 1 Church Place, Ardrossan.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“Mr and Mrs Walker, 1 Church Place, Ardrossan, have received official information that their son, Private Archibald Walker, has been killed in action.

Private Walker enlisted in the Gordon Highlanders in October 1914, and went to the front in January 1915. He took part in several important engagements, including Festubert, Neuve Chapelle, and Loos, being wounded in the latter battle on September 25. He was in hospital in England for three months, and went to France again in January of this year.

Prior to enlisting he was serving his apprenticeship as an engineer in Glasgow. He was also for some time employed as a plater’s assistant in Ardrossan Shipyard.

He was eighteen years of age.

His brother, Private J. R. Walker, is at present serving in the Black Watch.”
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Post by Penny Tray » Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:59 am

GLASGOW HERALD
3 APRIL 1872

ARDROSSAN TOWN COUNCIL

The monthly meeting was held on Monday evening – Provost Barr presiding.

Councillor Logan moved that the Council petition in favour of Sir Wilfred Lawson’s Permissive Bill, and his motion was seconded by Councillor Smith. The Provost moved an amendment, which was seconded by Bailie Hogarth.

After some conversation on the subject, four members expressed their approval of the motion, while three appeared in favour of the amendment.

It was therefore agreed to petition in favour of the bill, Bailie Currie being empowered to sign the petition.

The meeting afterwards sat as the Local Authority under the Public Health Act, but the business was of a routine nature.
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GLASGOW HERALD
3 APRIL 1872

DEATH

At Ardrossan, on the 1st instant, aged 80 years, William McCreadie, late of H.M. Customs.
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Re: Ardrossan - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
3 APRIL 1875

VESSEL SPOKEN

ELDORADO, American ship, from Ardrossan, March 31, in latitude 50N, longitude 8W.
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