Saltcoats - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
15 FEBRUARY 1905

MUNICIPAL MEETING - SALTCOATS

At a meeting of Saltcoats Town Council - Bailie Arnott presiding - a letter was read from Mr R. C. Wilkie on behalf of the committee of the Dr Kinnier Memorial Fund asking the Council to accept a large oil painting of the late Dr Kinnier by Chris Meadows, and permit it to be hung in the Lesser Town Hall at the rear of the platform.

The Council unanimously acceded to the request and a committee was formed to make arrangements for receiving the gift.

THE BURGH BAND

A communication was read from Mr A. M. Arnott, secretary to the Band Committee reporting the result of the committee’s work in connection with the forming and equipping of the band with instruments, uniforms, etc., along with the sum of £225, being balance from the recent bazaar, the money to be used towards the erection of a bandstand in Melbourne Park.

The chairman expressed his gratification at the satisfactory state of affairs, and it was remitted to a committee to consider the best working arrangement for the band, and report at the next meeting of Council.
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GLASGOW HERALD
16 FEBRUARY 1911

SALTCOATS SUMMER ATTRACTIONS

At a meeting of Saltcoats Town Council - Provost Millar presiding - The Shores and Improvements Committee reported that they had under discussion the representations made by a deputation of members of the Swimming Club in connection with the North Pans pond.

The committee recommended that the bottom of the pond be cleared of all loose stones and that the pond attendant be instructed to supervise all bathers while in the pond.

The recommendations of the committee were agreed to by the Council.

It was intimated that arrangements had been made for holding two sand-building competition on the West Beach during July and August.

The Town Chamberlain was instructed to prepare an estimate showing the cost of providing 37 open-air concerts by the Burgh Band in Melbourne Park, and the Town Clerk to ascertain from the Swimming Club the dates on which galas would be held at the North Pans.
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GLASGOW HERALD
16 FEBRUARY 1943

WILLS AND ESTATES

The following inventories have been lodged with the Sheriff Clerk of Ayrshire at Kilmarnock, the figures representing the net estate, heritable and movable, after deduction of debt: -


Archibald Kerr Young, merchant, late of 104 Dockhead Street, Saltcoats, and Maybank, Eglinton Street, Saltcoats - £5616.

William Sillars, late c/o Mrs Greig, 7 Raise Street, Saltcoats - £2691.
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GLASGOW HERALD
17 FEBRUARY 1806

SALTCOATS POST OFFICE

Notice is hereby given, that a post office is now established at Saltcoats, in Ayrshire.

Departures from Edinburgh every night at eight o’clock – postage of a single letter 8d.

By order of the Postmaster General.

William Kerr, Secretary, General Post Office, Edinburgh, 8th February, 1806.
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GLASGOW HERALD
17 FEBRUARY 1896

FATAL BURNING ACCIDENT TO A CHILD

On Saturday a boy of three years of age, son of James Anderson, Raise Street, Saltcoats, succumbed to injuries he sustained on Thursday morning through his nightdress accidentally getting burned.
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EVENING TIMES
18 FEBRUARY 1960

TRAINS, BUSES ARE STUCK IN SNOW

Ardrossan:

Snowdrifts on the line near Ardrossan held up early trains. Among the stranded passengers were 50 pupils of Ardrossan Academy.

Saltcoats:

In Saltcoats there were drifts several feet deep. Workmen used a mechanical shovel to clear the main streets.
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GLASGOW HERALD
19 FEBRUARY 1847

DEATH

At Saltcoats, on the 7th instant, Mr William Burns, chemist, in the 68th year of his age.
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19 FEBRUARY 1906

LOSSES BY FIRE

On Saturday night about eleven o’clock fire broke out in the shop at Dockhead Street, Saltcoats, tenanted by Messrs Robertson & Company and owned by Mrs Thomson.

The block, which is situated in the narrowest part of the street, consists of two shops and dwelling-houses.

One of the shops where the outbreak occurred is a tailors and clothiers’, and the other a general draper’s tenanted by Mrs Crawford. The fire spread with great rapidity, and when the front door was burst open the flames extended nearly across the street.

The contents of the tailors’ establishment were entirely consumed and the draper’s stock damaged.
The dwelling-houses in the second flat caught fire, and part of the furniture was destroyed. The building itself also suffered considerably.

The shops on the other side were in great danger, a large plate glass window being cracked from top to bottom and the doors and shutters were blistered by the heat.

Through the active exertions of the brigade, under Mr David Robertson, the fire was prevented from spreading and ultimately extinguished.

The damage is believed to be covered by insurance.
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GLASGOW HERALD
20 FEBRUARY 1890

DEATH OF A REMARKABLE SALTCOATS WOMAN

On Monday, Miss Hannah Millar, formerly of the brig Clitus, died in Quay Street, Saltcoats, at the advanced age of 82 years, The history of herself and her family is remarkable. Her father, the late Mr Wm. Millar, was a merchant in Saltcoats, in the days when it possessed a harbour, with a flourishing shipping trade and when shipbuilding was also carried on. In advanced years Mr Millar was unfortunate in his affairs, which at his death were embarrassed.

The principal asset of his business was the brig Clitus, which had been built out of material belonging to a man-of-war of the same name, which was wrecked on the east coast over 100 years ago. Mr Millar's eldest daughter, Miss Betsy Millar, at this crisis in the affairs of her family, with a resolution which might truly be called heroic, took the command of the brig and became "sailing master". So successful was her career as a "shipmaster" that she was enabled to pay off a debt of £700 which her father's estate owed to creditors, maintain herself in comfort, and bring up two sisters left dependent upon her.

The Clitus traded between Ardrossan and Irish ports, and for more than thirty years Miss Millar transacted all the business connected with freight, cargo, and ship's stores, engaged her crew, and directed the ship's course through all weathers. She received honourable mention by the late Earl of Eglinton in the House of Lords, when the Merchant Shipping Act of 1854 was under discussion, and about the same time she was also mentioned praiseworthily in the House of Commons. At Miss Betsy Millar's death in 1864 Miss Hannah Millar assumed charge of the vessel, and continued successfully to command her for many years.
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GLASGOW HERALD
21 FEBRUARY 1928

SALTCOATS MAN KILLED IN MIDLOTHIAN

JAMES JAMIESON, (29), who died in the Whitehill Colliery ambulance on the way to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary as a result of injuries received while motor cycling late on Sunday night when he collided on Newbiggin Hill with another motor cyclist, was the son of Mr Jamieson, Publican, Oakfield House, Saltcoats, Ayrshire.

Deceased was studying as a mining surveyor in Midlothian and lodged in Musselburgh.
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GLASGOW HERALD
21 FEBRUARY 1974

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

HENDREN: Mrs VERONICA HENDREN, and her brother ROBERT, desire to thank most sincerely all relatives and friends for their kind expressions of sympathy, Mass cards, letters, and floral tributes; also our friends from the newspaper world, Blochairn Fruit Market, Glasgow, the Saltcoats Victoria Football Club, our own staff, to all who attended St. Mary’s Church, and those who braved the elements to come to Hawkhill Cemetery to pay their last respects to DAVID; also to Father Murphy, of St. Mary’s Church, for spiritual comfort and his wonderful gift of consoling the sorrowful; Father Pancras of St. Mungo’s Church, Glasgow; our family doctor, the doctors, sisters, and nurses, staff, and receptionist of Ward 7 and 9, the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, for devoted attention; and the Rev. Mr Barr, padre of the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow; the Ayrshire Constabulary, especially our own Saltcoats Police, whose help in all details could not be surpassed, and to Tom Wallace for his most efficient funeral arrangements – 6 Melbourne Road, Saltcoats.
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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
March 3, 1950

Prefab destroyed by fire

Shortly before 8 o'clock on Wednesday night Ardrossan Fire Brigade were called out to 3 Prospecthill Road, Saltcoats, where a 3-apartment, single-storied, prefabricated house was on fire. The building was well alight when the firemen arrived on the scene and when the outbreak was extinguished the greater part of the house was destroyed. The Marshall family who were the tenants were out when the fire occurred.
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