Ardrossan - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
6 APRIL 1870

HOUSE LETTING

Influenced, no doubt, by the charming weather of the past few weeks, furnished houses are already beginning to let both in Ardrossan and Saltcoats. We believe the demand for the larger class of houses is better than it has been for several years, and there is every prospect that our visitors, who are at all times welcome, will this season be even more numerous than usual.
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 APRIL 1870

ARDROSSAN TOWN COUNCIL

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

A circular from the Cumnock authorities, signed by William Dalgleish, senior magistrate, and Andrew White, clerk, was read to the meeting, asking if the General Police and Improvement Act of 1862 had been adopted in whole or in part, the date of its adoption, the population, and the rateable value in each case. It was stated that their experience of working the Police Act had suggested several amendments. These had reference to the election of councillors being under the presidency of the chief magistrate instead of the Sheriff, the substitution of the borrowing powers of the Public Health Act, 1862, to afford greater facilities for borrowing money, the storage of gunpowder, etc. The circular suggested the propriety of petitioning on the subject.

The Clerk was instructed to reply that they had a special Act in Ardrossan which provided for all these grievances, and as they had no complaints, there was no need to petition on the subject.

Bailie Currie reported that another trial had been made of the new fire-engine. It was found that the greatest height it could throw water was 60 feet. The trial had been made with the full complement of men, who had worked it at the rate of 60 strokes a minute. Mr Wallace remarked that the engine had thrown the water only about half the distance it was guaranteed to do, and Mr Fullerton thought the account for the engine should not be paid.

The Clerk was instructed to send a copy of the report to the makers of the engine – Messrs Shand, Mason & Company, London – and enquire what they intended to do in the matter, as the Council did not feel disposed to order payment till the engine was found to perform what it was guaranteed to do.

Some conversation ensued as to the appointment of a fire brigade, and it was arranged that this matter be left in the hands of Mr Young, who had charge of the engine.

The passing of the treasurer’s accounts finished the business.
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 APRIL 1870

AYR SPRING CIRCUIT COURT – ASSAULT BY DISCHARGING LOADED FIREARMS

JAMES SAUNDERS (now or lately a prisoner in the prison of Kilmarnock) was charged with a contravention of 10 George IV, cap. 38. Sec. 3, and also assault by discharging loaded firearms, in so far as on the 3rd March last, on board the ship AURORA, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, then lying in the harbour of Ardrossan, the said James Saunders did wickedly and feloniously attack and assault Thomas Armstrong, seaman, now or lately residing in the Sick House or Hospital in Dockhead Street, Saltcoats, and present at the person of the said Thomas Armstrong a revolver pistol or other kind of firearms, loaded with powder and bullets, and did wickedly and feloniously, wilfully, maliciously, and unlawfully shoot at the said Thomas Armstrong three or one or more of the charges contained in the said revolver pistol, or other firearms, whereby the said Thomas Armstrong was struck and wounded on or about the chin and neck, to the great effusion of his blood, the serious injury of his person, and danger of his life.

Panel pleaded not guilty.

After a lengthy trial the jury found prisoner guilty of the second charge under great provocation, and strongly recommended him to the leniency of the Court.

Sentence was deferred till today.
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 APRIL 1870

ARDROSSAN BOWLING CLUB

The annual general meeting of this club was held in the Eglinton Arms Hotel on Monday evening – John Emslie, Esquire, writer, president of the club, presiding.

The secretary, Mr George Barrie, submitted a statement of the income ad expenditure, from which it appeared that a small balance was due him; but when the cost of recent improvements made in the vicinity of the green are taken into account, the financial position of the club may be considered very satisfactory.

The following office-bearers for the forthcoming season were then elected: -

Lord Eglinton to be patron of the club; Mr John Logan, president; Mr James Boyd, vice-president; and Mr George Barrie, secretary and treasurer. Directors: - Messrs John Boyd, Duncan Wilkie, G. Gray, A. Gardiner, William McJannet, and Thomas Kirkhope.
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 APRIL 1871

ARDROSSAN COURSING CLUB

The Ardrossan Coursing Club had the honour of opening the present season, and, by an accident, they closed it today.

At the meeting held in January last hares were so scarce that, after three days had been spent, the two stakes under competition had to be divided – that for the puppies among four, and the all-aged among six. The latter stake had a piece of plate presented by the president, the Hon. Seton Montgomerie, who expressed his wish that the dogs left in at the finish should meet on a future day and run it off. Accordingly today was fixed, and at ten o’clock a start was made on the farm of Sorbie, near Ardrossan, by driving a small piece of plough, from which three courses were got as quickly as the dogs could be placed in the slips, other three hares stealing off in the interim – a slice of bad luck, as it took quite three hours before the remainder could be got, hares being all on the move, and not easily reached.

The following was the final result: -

PAVILION CUP

Dr. Dougal’s AVONHOLM beat Mr Speirs’s SUNRAYS, and won.
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 APRIL 1871

ARDROSSAN BOWLING CLUB

The annual general meeting of this club was held in the Eglinton Arms Hotel this week.

The following office-bearers were elected: -

Patron – the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Eglinton; president – the Hon. Seton Montgomerie; vice-president – John Logan; secretary and treasurer – George Barrie.
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 APRIL 1872

MARRIAGE

At the Railway Hotel, Ardrossan, on the 4th instant, by the Rev. J. D. McCall, Mr Alexander Sharp, of Glasgow, to Mary, second youngest daughter of Mr Alexander Provan, late of the Clyde Hotel, Bothwell.
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GLASGOW HERALD
6 APRIL 1872

DEATH

At Montgomerie Street, Ardrossan, on the 3rd instant, Alexander Stoddart Millar, river pilot, late of Glasgow, aged 43 years.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 APRIL 1911

CHURCH OF SCOTLAND – ASSEMBLY COMMISSIONERS

Minister – Rev. R. M. Adamson, Ardrossan.

Elder – James Cant, Ardrossan.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 APRIL 1913

DEATH

SIMPSON: Suddenly at Old Men’s Home, Rottenrow, Glasgow, on 5th April, James Simpson, aged 83, a native of Ardrossan.
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GLASGOW HERALD
8 APRIL 1872

FRAUD

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Criminal Court, on Saturday, ROBERT McKELVIE, a seaman from Ardrossan, was charged with falsehood, fraud, and wilful imposition in so far as, on the false representation that he was commissioned to collect accounts, he obtained from Mrs McArthur, lodging-house keeper, there, a week’s board and £1 of borrowed money, which he failed to repay.

He pled guilty, and was sentenced to 30 days’ imprisonment.
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GLASGOW HERALD
8 APRIL 1874

SHIPPING CASUALTY

The DELPHI, brigantine, from Ardrossan to Oran, with coals, ran ashore north-east of Tiree on the 30th March, and is a total wreck.

Master and crew safe, except for one man washed overboard and drowned.

Part of cargo and materials landed and secured till next low spring time.
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