Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
9 MARCH 1953

PUBLIC SALE

At Hullerhirst, Hayocks, Stevenston, Ayrshire, on Thursday, 19th March, at 12 noon – public sale of antique and modern house furniture.
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GLASGOW HERALD
10 MARCH 1913

ARDEER GOLF CLUB

Heys Medal – William Reid, (Scratch) 78; George McGregor, (6) 79; J. Greenlees, (2) 80; R. Conn, (7) 81; T. Harvey, (8) 83; W. Boyd, winner, (12) 79.

Robertson Medal – The Rev. D. D. Rees, (14) 81; Adam Wilson, (14) 84; T. Closs, (15) 88; William McDonald, winner, (18) 87; John Scott, 18 (88).
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 MARCH 1910

NEW SEATS FOR STEVENSTON

At yesterday’s meeting of the Northern District Committee of Ayr County Council, held at Kilwinning, an application by Stevenston Literary and Debating Society to erect and maintain a second batch of new seats on the road in the district was granted.
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GLASGOW HERLD
11 MARCH 1912

ARDEER GOLF CLUB

Heys Medal – A. Allan, (9) 79; Thomas Harvey, (6) 81; James McGregor, (8) 82; R. Conn, (7) 83.

Robertson Medal – Hugh Shedden, (10) 75; John Allan, (10) 81; J. T. Laughlan, (10) 82.
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 MARCH 1913

DEATH - KILPATRICK

At George Street, Stevenston, on 9th March, Hugh Kilpatrick, in his 75th year, beloved husband of Janet Young.
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 MARCH 1913

ARDEER DISASTER - SIX KILLED AND 10 INJURED - NEIGHBOURING TOWNS SHAKEN - SHOCK FELT 70 MILES AWAY

The dynamite factory of Messrs Nobel’s Explosives Company Limited at Ardeer, Stevenston, Ayrshire, the largest of its kind in the world, was yesterday forenoon the scene of a disastrous explosion, in which six lives were lost and ten persons injured.

The explosion in its appalling suddenness was characteristic of other disasters which have occurred at the Ardeer Works.

The works were opened in 1871, and not since February 1897, has an explosion occurred at them in which so many lives were sacrificed, although on one former occasion, in May 1884, the death roll, as a result of a similar calamity, numbered 10.

The explosion yesterday was located in the gunpowder stoves or drying houses. These are situated in the southern part of the large area occupied by the factory, and are constructed principally of wood.

Shortly after eleven o’clock one of the stoves, at which several men were employed unloading the dried gun cotton, exploded through some cause not yet ascertained, and almost instantly the explosion communicated itself to three other stoves situated in the vicinity.

Six men, who were employed as “runners” and were engaged at that time in carrying out the gun cotton to the trolleys which are used for it conveyance to the cordite department, met a sudden and tragic death.

The explosion was of such a force as to work havoc over an area covering, it is stated, 200 yards. Within this radius 10 other men, who were employed in different departments, were injured through the tremendous concussion and the general wreckage which was wrought in the surrounding structures. So terrific was the force of the explosion that it was felt over a remarkably wide area ranging from Glasgow and Lenzie in the north to Kilmarnock in the east and Irvine and Ayr in the south.

As the wind yesterday was north-wester the effects of the explosion were exceptionally severe in the town of Irvine, where a large number of plate glass windows were shattered.

LIST OF KILLED AND INJURED

The following is the official list of the killed and injured: -

KILLED

Alexander McCubbin, married, 38 Townhead Street, Stevenston.
George Watt, married, 66 Byres Road, Kilwinning.
Alexander Brown, married, Mizpah, Dynamite Road, Stevenston.
Adam Houliston, married, 16 Parkend Road, Saltcoats.
Robert Orr, single, 3 Sharphill Road, Saltcoats.
John Scott, married, 10 Stanley Road, Saltcoats.

INJURED

Thomas McGrattan, 8 Canal Street, Saltcoats.
Thomas Bryce, Stevenston.
Charles McMurtrie, Bank Street, Kilbirnie.
Robert Neilson, 60 Canal Street, Saltcoats.
William H. Watt, Carment Drive, Stevenston.
John Murray, Stevenston.
David Shaw, 36 Dalry Road, Kilwinning.
Michael Halpin, Station Square, Stevenston.
D. Carlin, Harbour Street, Saltcoats,
Thomas Dickie, Moorpark Road, Stevenston.
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GLASGOW HERALD
12 MARCH 1960

NOBEL DIVISION TO MOVE TO ARDEER FACTORY

The Nobel Division of Imperial Chemical Industries Limited, are to move their Glasgow headquarters at Nobel House, Bothwell Street, and the nine-storey office block in Sauchiehall Street, formerly the Beresford Hotel, to Stevenston, Ayrshire, near their Ardeer Factory, the division’s largest producing unit.

The transfer from Glasgow to Stevenston will be a phased and gradual operation and will not be completed for from two to two and a half years.

The decision was made yesterday by the I.C.I. main board after considering proposals from the board of the Nobel Division. It is considered that more economical and effective operation will result from the move.
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PT - How many other explosions have occurred at ICI since 1913?
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Glenshena,

The honest answer to that question is, I don't know. I only post what I stumble across when I read 'old' newspapers, and there are many publications still unread. Tomorrow, for example, I have a fatality to report from 13 March 1970, and another one the following day, from 14 March 1970 - two fatal explosions two days in a row. There is also the issue of what news might have been embargoed during both World Wars. I'm not taking account either of posts other members may have made. If it helps, in addition to the posts for tomorrow and the following day, I'm aware of explosions on the following dates: -

11.03.1913
21.02.1914
05.04.1915
31.07.1915
02.08.1915
09.10.1925
19.01.1935
05.05.1936
17.06.1937
20.08.1937
28.01.1938
11.11.1939
13.02.1948
05.04.1950
12.03.1954
19.10.1954
30.08.1956
21.05.1965
24.05.1973
15.02.1974

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GLASGOW HERALD
13 MARCH 1818

HIGH COURT OF JUSTICIARY

John Folhouse Wilson, weaver, of Westmuir, near Glasgow, and Charles Banks, collier at Stevenston, Ayrshire, accused of illegal combination or conspiracy, were put to the bar.

When this case was formerly before the court, informations were ordered to be given in on the relevancy of the indictment. The judges having still some doubts regarding certain points of the case, delayed giving their opinions, and ordered additional informations.

[In an attempt to prevent any revolutionary movement from these organisations, trade unions were made illegal in 1800 under the Combination Laws.]
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GLASGOW HERALD
13 MARCH 1860

SALE OF LAND

The estate of Hayocks, parish of Stevenston, has just been purchased, at the upset price of £3000, by Gavin Fullarton, Esquire, of Kerelaw, to whose lands it is contiguous.
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GLASGOW HERALD
13 MARCH 1912

COURT OF SESSION - DAMAGES FOR CHILD’S DEATH

In this action the pursuer, William Armstrong, colliery manager, residing at Stevenston, Ayrshire, sued James Paterson Marshall, baker, Govan, for £500 in respect of the death of a child who was run over and killed by a van belonging to the defender. The defender denied fault.

Today it was stated by counsel that the action had been settled extrajudicially.
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