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GLASGOW HERALD
23 APRIL 1819

AYR CIRCUIT COURT – DEATH SENTENCE

This morning, Thursday, April 22, the Court was opened by Lord Pitmilly.

The first libel taken up was that against John McNeil alias Boag, and Joseph McNeil alias Boag, accused of breaking into the house occupied by Archibald Scott at Kilruskin, parish of Kilbride, by the door on the 17th October last, and opening a chest and stealing two one pound bank notes, a web of linen, and several articles of wearing apparel; on the 20th of the same month, of entering the house of William Reid, and stealing a silver watch, &c.; and on the 22nd October, and on the of breaking into the house of Robert Wyllie, in the parish of Kilwinning, by forcing open the window, and stealing a variety of men and women’s wearing apparel, ring, &c., and on the 23rd October, of breaking into the house of Robert Andrew in Grangehill, Parish of Beith, by forcing open the window and taking away six tea spoons, and a number of other articles.

Both prisoners pleaded guilty.

The jury found the prisoners guilty in terms of their own confession, but, in consideration of that confession, a majority recommended them to mercy.

After an impressive address by the Judge, in which his Lordship, forbade them to indulge a hope of mercy, they were condemned to be hanged at Ayr, on Friday the 28th May next.

[John McNeil alias Boag, was indeed hanged at Ayr on Friday, 28 May, 1819. Joseph McNeil alias Boag was reprieved.]
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Hamilton Advertiser
April 26, 1930

Fatality at Lanarkshire Quarry

An official of Nobel's Explosive Factory, Ardeer, was killed, and two workmen were injured, as the result of a fall of rock during blasting operations on Wednesday at Cathkin Quarries. Mr James Skinner, the Ardeer expert, who resided at Ardrossan, was caught by a 20-ton boulder, and some time elapsed before his body could be removed from the 150 tons of stone and other debris dislodged by the explosion.

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The Scotsman
May 23, 1930

Quarry Fatality

An inquiry was held in Glasgow yesterday before Sheriff Wilton, K.C., and a jury into the accident at Cathkin Quarry, near Carmunnock, on April 23, as a result of which a mining engineer, James Skinner (32), of Ardrossan,, was killed. Deceased, it was explained, met his death while demonstrating to workmen the use of explosives. The Fiscal said the cause of the accident was not clear. Two theories had been advanced, one of which was that fire might have been set up by friction, and so caused the explosion. That was probably the correct theory. The jury returned a formal verdict, adding a rider to the effect that no blame could be attached to the owner of the quarry or to any of the employees or the manufacturers of the explosives used.
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James Skinner resided at 9 McKellar Avenue, Ardrossan.
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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
May 4, 1951

Ayrshire's First Television Aerial?

What is believed to be Ayrshire's first television aerial has been erected on the roof of the Clydesdale Supply Co.'s premises at 26 Bridgegate, Irvine. It is 20 feet high and in the form of an H.

According to Mr James Masson, manager of the shop, this is part of the local preparations for the start of TV, in Scotland. The aerial will be used to demonstrate sets to prospective buyers.

At the moment prices range from £55 for a table model to over £90 for a console.
Irvine will be within range of the main station which is being built at Kirk o' Shotts in Lanarkshire, the mileage being
round about 40.
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GLASGOW HERALD
10 MAY 1913

BUCKREDDAN HOUSE AT KILWINNING

Mr William Penman of Buckreddan House, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, and of Glasgow, boilermaker and engineer, a director of Messrs Penman & Company Limited, who died December 22 last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at £29,387.
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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
May 20, 1949

Basking Sharks

During a patrol along the Clyde coast, the fishery cruiser s.s. Brenda observed basking sharks. The vessel immediately put into Irvine Harbour to issue a warning of the presence of the sharks in the Firth of Clyde, and a warning about the presence of basking sharks just off the Ayrshire coast was spread by the police in towns up and down the coast.

There is great danger to bathers with enormous shoals invading the waters of the Firth of Clyde. On Tuesday the s.s. Brenda harpooned six of the sharks when out on her morning patrol. Schools, boat hirers, and bathing attendants, are being specially warned, and constables on beats which include beaches have been told to advise anyone bathing or about to, of the dangers.

Fishermen view with some alarm the presence of the sharks as they tend to drive away fish from the stretch covered by the monsters. There have been previous occasions when basking sharks settled in the Clyde waters but this latest invasion is the biggest so far.

Footnote-According to some prophets, the presence of the sharks is an omen pointing to good weather in the near future.

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GLASGOW HERALD
11 JUNE 1912

TROON MAN’S BRAVERY REWARDED

At Troon Town Council last night Provost Logan presented Mr John Lusk, 97 Templehill, Troon, with a silver medal which had been awarded to him by King Victor of Italy in recognition of services rendered in connection with the earthquake and tsunami at Messina in December, 1908, while Lusk was a carpenter on board the DRAKE.

Mr Lusk, in acknowledging the medal, said he had only done his duty, which was no more than he thought any British subject would do.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 JULY 1914

ALLOWAY OUTRAGE – ATTEMPT TO BLOW UP BURNS’S COTTAGE – SUFFRAGIST IN CUSTODY

A dastardly attempt was made in the early hours of yesterday morning by suffragists to fire and blow up Burns’s Cottage, Alloway, the birthplace of the national poet, which is annually visited by thousands of pilgrims from all parts of the world.

The attempted outrage was fortunately frustrated by the timely appearance on the scene of the night watchman, but the fact that an attempt was made to destroy a shrine that Scotsmen in all parts of the world regard as sacred has roused in the locality the most intense indignation.
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GLASGOW HERALD
12 JULY 1912

PORTENCROSS PIER

For the first time since its completion the pier at Portencross was visited by a passenger steamer yesterday. By arrangement with the Glasgow & South-Western Railway Company the steamer JUNO called to take passengers from West Kilbride and Seamill. The new pier has been built by Mr William Adams of Auchenames as a private enterprise, and as a motor service between West Kilbride and the port is now in being it is expected that steamer traffic will develop rapidly.
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