Stevenston - On This Day In History

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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

Post by Hughie » Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:48 am

Penny Tray wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:57 am
Deceased resided at Auchenharvie Cottages, was 36 years of age, and leaves a widow and five of a family.
Knowing our ancestors worked down the mines, I find the following video and song can be quiet moving. Film is not the best quality.


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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:17 am

CASUALTY OF WAR
13 APRIL 1917

Died on service, Trooper GEORGE McCARTNEY, (20), Household Cavalry – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of George and Janet Clark McCartney, Maythorne, Stevenston.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“Mr and Mrs George McCartney, Maythorne, Stevenston, have received information that their only son, Trooper George McCartney, of one of the Household Battalions, died on 13 April of wounds received in action.

Previous to enlisting he was employed as a clerk for Messrs Nobel’s, Ardeer. He was intended for the Civil Service, but the call of King and Country found him an eager volunteer to serve the cause he loved so well. He was within three weeks of his 21st birthday when he made his supreme sacrifice.”
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:09 am

GLASGOW HERALD
14 APRIL 1891

STEVENSTON – FATAL ACCIDENT

A plasterer’s labourer named JOHN BOYD, 75 years of age, was found lying dead in Stevenston mill-race early on Sunday morning. His face was partly covered with water and he had a severe cut on his head, supposed to have been caused by a fall over the bank, some seven feet high. Deceased had been at a house in the neighbourhood late on Saturday night.

He was married and lived in Kirk Road, Saltcoats.
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:09 am

GLASGOW HERALD
15 APRIL 1912

ARDEER GOLF CLUB

Heys Medal – J. Greenlees, (scratch) 81.
Robertson Medal – Dr. John Allan, (10) 84.
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:03 am

GLASGOW HERALD
16 APRIL 1884

IRVINE DISTRICT LICENSING COURT

All the old licenses were renewed, but the Justices unanimously refused to grant the application of Mr David Deans, publican, Stevenston, who applied for a public house license for new premises at Torranyard, Kilwinning.
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:08 am

GLASGOW HERALD
17 APRIL 1876

STEVENSTON SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES

Six of the gentlemen nominated have withdrawn – viz., Rev. George Philp, Messrs Arthur Guthrie, William Symington, Andrew Stirrat, John Crum, and Matthew Cunninghame.

The five remaining candidates – viz., Rev. William Hallinan, William Lockhart, Adam Wilson, Dr. Alexander H. Howie, and William Gemmell – will therefore fall to be declared duly elected on the day of the election, 22nd instant; and upon them will devolve responsibility of appointing two members to make up the full number of the board.
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:17 am

GLASGOW HERALD
18 APRIL 1887

ALARMING EXPLOSION AT THE STEVENSTON DYNAMITE WORKS

Considerable alarm was caused in the Stevenston district on Saturday morning by an explosion which took place at Nobel's works, situated on the Ardeer estate, and about a mile from the village of Stevenston.

A few minutes before nine o'clock a column of some was observed at Irvine rising over the sand hills across the Garnock, and a shock followed which shook doors and windows along the Segganbank, and was, indeed, heard, if not felt, all over the town.

In Church Street the windows of houses facing the works were violently shaken, and a damaged pane of glass was knocked out, part of it nearly striking Mr Holmes, Draper, who happened to be passing at the time.

In Kilwinning the shock of the explosion was felt at Castlepen and elsewhere, recalling vividly the terrible catastrophe which occurred on 8 May, 1884, when a number of girls employed at these works were instantaneously killed.

In the village of Stevenston for a few minutes the utmost alarm prevailed. People rushed into the streets and soon the road leading to the works was crowded with people eager to know what had actually befallen, and if any accident to life or property had occurred. It was soon remembered, however, that Saturday was an idle day at the factory for the employees generally, that only the foremen and heads of department were as a rule about the works, and that it was custom on Saturday mornings to explode certain waste products which are collected in ponds in the sand hills situated within the enclosed area of the works.

Inquiry made on the spot verified the supposition that the explosion was intended.

The pond into which the time fuse was thrown in the ordinary way had merely contained a larger quantity of nitro-glycerine refuse than was supposed. Care was, of course, taken that no one should be near the pond at the time, and consequently no one was injured.
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:15 am

GLASGOW HERALD
19 APRIL 1877

KILWINNING AND STEVENSTON CATTLE SHOW

This annual show was held at Woodwynd, Kilwinning, yesterday. The entries were more numerous than last year.
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:18 am

CASUALTY OF WAR
19 APRIL 1917

Died on service, Private WILLIAM KENNEDY, (32), Service No. 20336, Royal Scots Fusiliers – Theatre of war, Palestine – born at Stevenston; husband of Margaret Kennedy, 26 Fulton Street, Anniesland, Glasgow.
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:19 am

CASUALTY OF WAR
19 APRIL 1918

Died on service, Lance Corporal THOMAS HAMILTON, (23), 12th Battalion Royal Scots – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – husband of Elizabeth Hamilton, 31 Carment Drive, Stevenston; brother of George, Annie, and Bertie Hamilton.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“Mrs T. Hamilton, Carment Drive, Stevenston, has been notified that her husband, Lance Corporal Tom Hamilton, Royal Scots, was killed on 19th April.

His officer, in a letter to Mrs Hamilton, said that Lance Corporal Hamilton was well liked by officers and men.

Previous to enlisting in March, 1917, he was a cordite worker in Nobel’s and formerly he drove a Co-operative van.

He was passed as a drill instructor, but was sent to the front in February of this year.

Lance Corporal Hamilton was well known in the town."
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:03 am

GLASGOW HERALD
20 APRIL 1870

DEATH

At Mayville House, Stevenston, on the 18th instant, Eleanora Stuart, youngest daughter of the late James Burnett, Esquire, of Barns, Peeblesshire.
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:16 am

GLASGOW HERALD
21 APRIL 1870

ARDEER BOWLING CLUB

The members of this club held their annual meeting in the Ardeer School House, on Tuesday evening the 19th instant – Mr William Scott in the chair.

The secretary read the minutes of last season, and the treasurer, Mr Darroch, laid before the meeting the financial position of the club.

The minutes were approved of, and the cash account was considered satisfactory, the balance being still on the right side.

Mr Cuninghame, of the firm of Messrs Merry & Cuninghame, was re-elected president, and Mr R. Liddell, manager, Ardeer Works, vice-president, for the year 1870, by the unanimous voice of the meeting. The treasurer and secretary were re-appointed.

The following gentlemen were then elected a managing committee for the season: -

Messrs John Kelso, William Park, and William Wallace.

It was agreed that the green be opened on Saturday first the 23rd instant, the game to commence at four o’clock, when it is hoped a large turn-out of members and friends will grace the green.
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