Saltcoats - On This Day In History

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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
February 6, 1942

Twenty Years After P.C. Paterson Returns To Saltcoats

The transfer this week of Constable Walter Paterson from Ardrossan to Saltcoats brings this popular policeman back to the station in which he started his police career twenty years ago. Walter has operated in various parts of the County and has been serving under his brother, Sergeant Paterson at Ardrossan for the past five years. The type of "bobby" who mixes duty with a good natured smile, he will be missed in the harbour town.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 FEBRUARY 1870

DEATH

At Raise Street, Saltcoats, on the 4th instant, Mr John McKillop, senior, late merchant, in the 74th year of his age.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 FEBRUARY 1961

ENGINE DRIVER IS KILLED BY TRAIN

DAVID CLOSE, (38), engine driver, 1 Boyd Orr Road, Saltcoats, was killed yesterday on the railway line at Cumnock.

It is believed the engine of his Carlisle bound goods train developed a fault and when he stepped down to investigate he was struck by a goods train bound for Glasgow.
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GLASGOW HERALD
8 FEBRUARY 1901

GUN ACCIDENT

Yesterday ALEXANDER NIVEN, collier, Ettrick Place, Saltcoats, went out shooting. On the High Road, about a mile from Saltcoats a crow which he had shot fell into a hedge, and when the man was getting it out one of the barrels went off through the trigger catching on a twig, shattering his left wrist.

At the Cemetery Cottage his wound was temporarily dressed, and he was removed to the Western Infirmary.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 FEBRUARY 1874

THE GENERAL ELECTION – AYRSHIRE NORTH

On Saturday afternoon, Mr Finnie addressed a meeting at the E.U. Church, Saltcoats. Mr William Aitken occupied the chair.

Dr. Marshall asked questions on behalf of the Ayrshire Teachers’ Association, which were generally replied to favourably by Mr Finnie.

A vote of confidence, proposed by Mr Halkett, banker, was passed unanimously.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 FEBRUARY 1888

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY

On Tuesday night an attempt was made to break into the shed of Mrs Orr, grocer, Hamilton Street, Saltcoats.

A pane of glass in the back window was broken and removed, and then an attempt was made to force the inside shutter. This attempt failed, as the shutter is lined with lead and secured with an iron crossbar.
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GLASGOW HERALD
10 FEBRUARY 1899

SALTCOATS- FANCY DRESS BALL

A calico ball, the first in the district for many years, was held in the town hall last night. The gathering was large and brilliant. Major-General Sir Archibald Hunter, K.C.B., was of the party. The dresses covered a wide range, the quaint, the grotesque, and the becoming being represented in almost equal measure.
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 FEBRUARY 1848

SALTCOATS – BODIES FOUND IN THE HARBOUR

The bodies of the two crew of the smack HELEN AND JANE, of Stranraer, which were drowned in the harbour here, about seven weeks ago, have been found.

The one, GEORGE LIVINGSTONE, the master, principal support of an aged widowed mother, a sister, and sister’s orphan child, was got about a fortnight ago; that of the other, WILLIAM THOMSON, on Saturday last, by some parties gathering seaweed near the harbour.

They were both respectably interred in Stevenston churchyard.

They were natives of Stranraer.
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GLASGOW HERALD
12 FEBRUARY 1902

PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS AT THE BEACH

Saltcoats Town Council, by a majority, has agreed to erect a kiosk in Melbourne Park.

By arrangement with Mr William Allan, factor to Captain Cuninghame of Auchenharvie, the sea wall opposite the Mission Coast Home is to be repaired and the ground put in order.
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GLASGOW HERALD
13 FEBRUARY 1894

THE STORM

Saltcoats:
A storm of great severity was experienced here on Sunday night and early yesterday morning.

At the harbour the fishermen had an anxious time, as the fishing smacks were in great danger of being swamped. One of the smacks broke from her moorings and was with difficulty secured. The part of the harbour known as the New Quay has received further injury, part of the roadway being swept away. The roof of the Quay House at the rear has been almost entirely stripped of slates and a large holes made in it.

The rigging of a public house in Bradshaw Street was carried away. The chimney at the rear of another public house in Quay Street was blown down.

All over the town the streets are littered with broken chimney cans and slates. A great deal of windows are broken and altogether a good deal of damage has been has been done to property.
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GLASGOW HERALD
14 FEBRUARY 1899

DEATH OF SALTCOATS MINISTER

The Rev. Donald Gray, Senior Minister of Saltcoats Free Gaelic Church, died suddenly at The Lodge, Lochranza, yesterday morning.

Mr Gray was for 30 years minister of Saltcoats Free Gaelic Church, and was the first minister placed in charge. He retired in January of last year at the age of 84, on the appointment of Charles Lamont as colleague and successor. Of late he had been residing at Lochranza, enjoying excellent health.

He was a native of Mull, having been born in Tobermory. He entered the ministry somewhat late in life, having sailed the high seas for some years previously. During the American war he served as a blockade runner. Saltcoats was his first charge in the ministry, although he had previously been instrumental in founding a congregation and building a church in the island of Jura. He died unmarried.
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GLASGOW HERALD
14 FEBRUARY 1974

DEATH

HENDREN: Suddenly, at the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, on the 12th February, 1974, David Hendren, dearly loved husband of Veronica (nee McDougall), 6 Melbourne Road, Saltcoats.
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