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GLASGOW HERALD
17 NOVEMBER 1856

MARRIAGE

At Irvine, on the 11th instant, by the Rev. David Wilson, Mr John Smith, shipping agent, Ardrossan, to Margaret, eldest daughter of Captain James Brown, Irvine.
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GLASGOW HERALD
18 NOVEMBER 1836

ARDROSSAN COURSING CLUB

The Ardrossan Coursing Club meeting took place on Thursday and Friday the 10th and 11th November.

The Cup for Young Dogs was won by Dr. Brown’s CHANCE.

The Sweepstake for Dogs fo All Ages was won by Lord Eglinton’s BLAST.
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GLASGOW HERALD
18 NOVEMBER 1893

ACCIDENT ON THE RAILWAY - ARDROSSAN

On Thursday evening, while a train of carriages was being run into the depot of the Glasgow & South-Western Railway Station by means of a rope attached to an engine on a different set of rails, a porter named ANDREW NICHOLSON got entangled with the rope, and was thrown on the metals, sustaining a fracture of the thigh.

He was removed to Kilmarnock Infirmary.
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GLASGOW HERALD
19 NOVEMBER 1849

GLASGOW, KILMARNOCK, AND ARDROSSAN RAILWAY

An extraordinary general meeting of the shareholders of this Company was held in the Carrick Hotel, George Square, Glasgow, on Saturday last, for the purpose of considering the propriety of authorising the investigation of all the books of the company, by certain parties to be named.

The Right Hon. the Earl of Eglinton and Winton in the chair.
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GLASGOW HERALD
19 NOVEMBER 1849

SHOPBREAKING – ARDROSSAN

About four o’clock on Sabbath morning last, the shop of Mr James McMillan, watch and clockmaker, was broken into. He fortunately, but probably unknown to the depredator, slept in the back shop, and hearing some noise he quickly arose.

At first he imagined there was actually some person in the premises, but afterwards finding a pane of glass was broken through a hole made in the shutter, by which a pilfering of the articles in the window had been going on, he coolly awaited the return of his unwelcome visitor, and on his hand being thrust through the broken pane, Mr McMillan not being able to get a complete hold of it, took a razor which was lying beside him, and made a deep incision in the intruder’s hand, which was instantly withdrawn without obtaining in this last adventure any booty.

The cut may lead to the identification of the party. No clue has yet been got of him, nor is it known whether he had any accomplices.

Several articles have been taken away. The loss, however, is not very great, but might have been otherwise and the business not been put a stop to.
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GLASGOW HERALD
20 NOVEMBER 1846

DEATH

At Lamlash, on the 3rd instant, Mr Matthew McBride, innkeeper, aged 57 years. He was for many years master of a small-packet between Ardrossan and Lamlash.
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GLASGOW HERALD
20 NOVEMBER 1857

THE WEST COAST FISHERIES

There are ten cod and ling boats ready for launching at Fairlie, and ten more at Mavisbank, on the Clyde.

There are also two beautiful smacks of between 50 and 60 tons each, at present lying in the harbour of Ardrossan, ready to be put upon the fishing ground.
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GLASGOW HERALD
21 NOVEMBER 1836

DEATH

At Ardrossan, on the 15th instant, Jane McAlister, relict of Mr John Sim, shipmaster, late of Irvine, aged 84 years.
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GLASGOW HERALD
21 NOVEMBER 1892

FATAL ACCIDENT ON THE RAILWAY

On Saturday night a man named Downie, a mason's labourer, belonging to West Kilbride, was ACCIDENTALLY run over by a goods train, and sustained such serious injuries that he died on his way to Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

He was walking along the line to South Beach Station, presumably with the intention of catching the train to West Kilbride, when the accident occurred.

The goods train was about to proceed down the quay, and Downie was observed by the guard, who shouted to him to get out of the way, but in the confusion of the moment the unfortunate man stepped in front of the waggons.

Deceased was at one time employed as a surfaceman on the railway.

[An A&S Herald intimation suggests this was Thomas Downie, brother of Charlotte, and that the accident occurred at the Cannon Hill junction.]
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GLASGOW HERALD
22 NOVEMBER 1852

ARDROSSAN - FATAL ACCIDENT AT DOCKS

In summer, operations were commenced to enlarge the dry dock here, so as to admit large vessels for repair.

The operatives, masons, and labourers, still continue their labours; and on Wednesday, while one of the latter, James Scoullar, was clearing away some rubbish from a part that had been undermined, the mass above gave way, and fell upon him and another worker.

They were both quickly extricated, and put into a cab to be conveyed to their residences in Saltcoats.

Scoullar, we regret to add, died ere reaching home. His remains were delivered to a young wife, to whom he was only married last summer.

The other man is expected to recover.
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GLASGOW HERALD
23 NOVEMBER 1855

SHIPPING NEWS

Gibraltar, November 14 – SPRINGHILL, of Ardrossan, for Liverpool, wrecked. Crew and cargo (cotton) saved.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
23 NOVEMBER 1915

Died on service, Lieutenant MAXWELL COLQUHOUN PEARSON, (34), 7th Battalion Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of Mrs W. M. Pearson, The Pavilion, Ardrossan, and the late Alexander Littlejohn Pearson.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“On Saturday intimation was received by telegram from the War Office that Lieutenant Maxwell Colquhoun Pearson, 7th Battalion Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, had been killed in action in France on November 23.

Lieutenant Pearson was the youngest son of the late Mr Alexander L. Pearson, of Melbourne, Australia, and of Mrs Pearson, The Pavilion, Ardrossan. He was the brother of Mrs Cuninghame, of Craigends, Renfrewshire, and a nephew of the Countess of Eglinton and Winton and a nephew of Viscountess Portman.

Lieutenant Pearson went out to the Argentine some seven years ago, and was engaged there with the Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway Company. He came home in December last for the purpose of joining the Army, and received his commission in the Cameron Highlanders in February of this year. He went to France in September.

Lieutenant Pearson was 34 years of age.”
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