Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
30 MAY 1872

A NEW INDUSTRY IN THE WEST OF SCOTLAND

Some time ago the British Dynamite Company Limited acquired about 50 acres of ground at Ardeer, near Stevenston, in Ayrshire, for the erection of works for the manufacture of dynamite – a blasting agent of greater mechanical power than gunpowder.

The works which consist of 25 neat wooden factories (an embankment formed of sand separating each factory), are now almost completed, and the manufacture of dynamite is expected to be commenced for the first time in Scotland about the middle of June.

The manufacture and importation of dynamite were interdicted by the Government in 1868, previous to which time large quantities were exported from Hamburg, but the Legislature some time ago sanctioned its manufacture, storage, sale, transport, and use in this country.

Dynamite has been carried for a number of years by the railways in Austria, France, Italy, Sweden, Norway, and the United States of America.

A committee of goods managers in England and Scotland was appointed to investigate as to its safety in transit in this country. Very decisive and exhaustive experiments were made at Glasgow by Professor Bischof on the 20th of November last before Mr Thomson of the Caledonian Railway, Mr Macpherson and Mr Rutherford of the North British Railway Company, and Mr Dickie of the Glasgow & South-Western Railway, who were unanimous in recommending its conveyance by railway under certain defined conditions.

During the late war with France the prohibition to export explosives from Prussia was withdrawn in favour of dynamite which was exempted on account of its great value and usefulness in mining.

About 20 tons of this blasting agent will be manufactured daily at Ardeer. The works will employ about 150 hands, who are coming from the dynamite factories in Norway and Sweden.
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GLASGOW HERALD
30 MAY 1877

TRADE NEWS

The Stevenston Colliery Company have agreed, on the requisition of the miners in their employment, to grant them an advance of 6d per day, to take effect from the 1st of June.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
31 MAY 1916

Died at sea, Battle of Jutland, Stoker 1st Class, ALLAN RAMSAY DRUMMOND, HMS DEFENCE, son of Allan Ramsay Drummond.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“Last Sunday morning an ‘In Memoriam’ service was held in Ardeer United Free Church, at which there was commemoration of those who fell in the Naval battle, including Allan Drummond, who belonged to the congregation and had a place on the Roll of Honour.

At the close the Garrison Band played the Dead March in Saul.”
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CASUALTY OF WAR
31 MAY 1916

Died at sea, at the Battle of Jutland, Stoker JAMES KELLY, (21), RNR, HMS SHARK – son of John and Maria Kelly, 4 Townhead Street, Stevenston.
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GLASGOW HERALD
1 JUNE 1903

CRICKET – AYRSHIRE LEAGUE
ARDEER v. IRVINE

At Ardeer

Result: - Ardeer, 70 (C. Hamilton, 15. W. Kellie, 14.) – Irvine, 88 for five wickets.
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GLASGOW HERALD
2 JUNE 1891

ARDEER GOLF CLUB

Mr Z. John Heys, the captain of the club, having presented a set of prizes to be competed for in singles, a tournament took place on the Ardeer Links on the last two Saturdays.

Considerable interest was taken in the competition, and 44 members entered.
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GLASGOW HERALD
3 JUNE 1880

STEVENSTON PARISH CHURCH

The Rev. John Grahame, M.A., B.D., of Stevenston Parish Church, has been presented with a handsome gold watch by the members of his congregation, on the occasion of his marriage, while Mrs Grahame has received a valuable epergne.

The presentations took place at a meeting in the church on Tuesday night – Mr Lithgow presiding.
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GLASGOW HERALD
4 JUNE 1870

LAYING OF FOUNDATION STONE OF THE NEW ALBERT BRIDGE

Yesterday the foundation stone of the new bridge crossing the river at Hutchesontown, Glasgow, was laid by the Earl of Dalhousie, Grand Master Mason for Scotland, with all the pomp and ceremony of the ancient order..........It is estimated that about 3000 masons took part in the procession……….A list of the lodges represented, so far as they could be ascertained, included..........Stevenston Thistle and Rose, 169.
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GLASGOW HERALD
4 JUNE 1872

ORANGE DISTURBANCE

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday, EDWARD LANNON, a collier, residing in Main Street, Stevenston, was charged with maliciously tearing a flag which was hung from the window of the Orange Lodge room there, on Saturday, after the return of the lodge from the demonstration at Irvine, and also with assaulting, to the effusion of blood, Robert Steel, one of the Orangemen who remonstrated with him for his conduct, and with causing a breach of the peace.

He pled guilty, and was sentenced to pay a fine of £2, or suffer 30 days’ imprisonment.
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GLASGOW HERALD
4 JUNE 1874

STEVENSTON SCHOOL BOARD

The monthly meeting was held yesterday – Mr Gavin Fullarton of Kerelaw in the chair.

The schoolmasters under the board were present for the purpose of conferring with the meeting as to the rates and collection of school fees. The teachers expressed their willingness to collect the fees, and it was agreed that they should commence to do so after the holidays.

An abstract of the treasurer’s accounts till the 14th May ultimo was read, from which it appeared that the total expenditure of the board up till that date had been £725 17s 6d, and the total receipts £411 14s 4½d, leaving a balance due to the City of Glasgow Bank of £314 3s 1½d.

An estimate of the receipts and expenditure for the year from 15th May, 1874, till 14th May, 1875, was also submitted, and after consideration it was agreed to certify to the Parochial Board of the parish that the amount required to be provided by means of a local rate to make up the deficiency in the school fund was £800. It was remarked that the sum was higher than it otherwise would have been on account of outlay for property, improvements in Kyleshill School, and expenses of election, and the fact that the board was more than six months in existence before it received any income from rates.
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GLASGOW HERALD
4 JUNE 1888

BOWLING
ARDROSSAN v. ARDEER (STEVENSTON)


A match was played between six rinks representing these two clubs on the Ardrossan green on Friday evening, resulting as undernoted: -

Ardrossan, 115; Ardeer, 135 – Majority for Ardeer, 20 shots.
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GLASGOW HERALD
5 JUNE 1874

MARRIAGE

At Dubbs Farm, Kilwinning, on the 2nd instant, by the Rev. W. Lee Ker, minister of the parish, John Lockhart, farmer, Hawkhill, Stevenston, to Ann, third daughter of Archibald Lamont, farmer.
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