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Kindly transcribed by Mairi Frew.The Poor Relief Applications 1839 - 1925 for Kilwinning are on microfilm and can be viewed at Ardrossan Library.  Or can be ordered for viewing at any LDS FHC. That is: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints Family History Centres. Original books are in the Ayrshire Archives.

[Aitken] [Barr] [Barr2] [Blair] [Bruce] [Caldwell] [Crawford] [Cunningham] [Cunningham2] [Douglas] [Dunn] [Dunn2] [Dyett] [Elderslie] [Ferguson] [Ferguson2] [Ferguson3] [Frew] [Frew2] [Frew3] [Hopkins] [Howie] [Howie2] [Inglis] [Jack] [Jamieson] [Jeffrey] [Jeffrey2] [Kilpatrick] [Lindsay] [Love] [McBride] [McDougall]  [McKechan] [McMullen] [McVitae] Miller] [Miller2] [Mitchell] [Muir] [Muir2] [Muir3] [Muir4] [Pollock] [Ramsay] [Reid] [Robertson] [Shedden] [Smith] [Smith2] [Southhook] [Tennant] [Thomson] [Thomson] [Watson] [White] [White2] [White3] [White4] [White5] [Whyte] [Wilson] [Wynn]


1. Ann Dunn Barr, 1859 Aug 1 age 32. Ablebodied and is a good muslin sewer. Her children are Barbara 11 now living with her grandfather James Dunn - taken from mother for not looking after her properly. Agnes 9 in Ireland with her brother. James 7, John 5, David 3 and an illeg. child Alex Wilson 3 weeks old. James Wilson collier has been living with her for a few weeks. In 1860 she abandons her children and married James Wilson or McMullen. No details are given about fate of children.

2. Annabella Ferguson Reid resident at Dove Cot Lane, 18?3 July 28, widow age 68. Has a sore leg and is not able to do much. Her family is Margaret 41 single and a warehouse worker, Mary 39 wife of Hugh Hopkins a labourer with 8 children. Jane 31 wife of Wm. Thomson a carpenter with twins, John 29 pressman in muslin warehouse with 4 children. Annabella 24 married to Chas. Aitken miner with 1 child living in the other end of the house.

3. Widow Oliver Love claim from Kirkintilloch. 1866 March 28 at Kilmaurs examined John Love brother of Oliver who stated that his mother's name was Agnes Wynn, he was 2 years older than Oliver. He was born in Green, Kilwinning and that his father was a wright to Kenneth's at the time. Refer to Wm. Love Dalry. They removed from Kilwinning when Oliver was about 2 then lived in Kilmaurs till father died. Oliver left after the harvest of 1861 when he was 19.

4. John Frew, 1859 Aug 1, age 38. Has injured his back. Keeps 2 asses and drives coal but does not get regular employment. His wife Elizabeth McKechan age 36 is an able sewer, daughter Agnes 15 is a sewer but works at Eglinton and gets 8d. per day. Janet 13 drives of the asses, Elizabeth age 11 is not at school but stays at home to allow mother to sew. James 9, Ann 7, at school, there is also Jane 5 and David 1. All the children are healthy and well looked after. 1860 child born. 1861 father was not able to work, Janet was working in the fields at West Kilbride, the other 3 were at school, Infant child Margaret was dying. 1862 July 22 wife dying of consumption.

5. George Dunn, claim for funeral expenses. 1862 Sept 10 Mary Caldwell Dunn states that her son George died April last. He married Bell Whyte also now dead. He only once had a claim for Poor relief in Paisley. After being in Glasgow some time he came back to Paisley in 1854 and enlisted in the Militia. He was born in Kilwinning 7/1/1818. Robert Dunn states that when he came home from the West Indies in 1858 his brother was in Glasgow.

6. James White age 47, collier lives on his own and suffers from Asthma, he does not keep himself clean and in 1860 Feb 4 is offered a pair of trousers from the Board on condition that he washes his face once per week. The condition was met.

1. Robert Jeffrey resident Tanyard, Kilwinning. 1862 July 22 age 59 collier, almost disabled. Wife Mary Muir age 61 is lame and deaf and has to be carried through the house but is able to sew. Daughter Janet is married to John Jeffrey and has 2 children, Jane 26 m. to R. Ramsay a collier with 2 children. Jane Jeffrey age 10 1859 May 28 is with grandmother Mrs Kilpatrick, Dalry and is at school and is healthy and well cared for affectionately by her Grandmother. 1860 is making progress in reading and writing, her teacher Mr Jolly said that he believed she had some deficiency in mental progress.

2. Widow John Muir, Bridgend. 1859 July 14 Isabella Smith age 59, is keeping better but is still delicate. Family : Agnes 32 is married and lives in Australia where her husband has property, Margaret 25 is married to Alex Ferguson weaver with 5 children, Janet 23 married to Thomas Miller a Blacksmith in Ardrossan with 1 child, and Mary 17 lives with her mother. 1860 her daughter has dropsie attacks but is getting better. Aug 1860 mother away visiting her daughter, some distance away and in 1861 is in fair health but still as usual full of complaints.

3. Widow John White from Ochiltree. 1860 Mary Douglas is aged 40 plus, is employed by Mr Tennant, son William age 14 earns 6/- per week, James 12 has a deformed hand and earns 6d. per day. Hugh 10 is at school. Mother is anxious to get more education for son James as she fears he will not be able to do any labouring job because of his hand.

4. Andrew White, Southhook, Dreghorn. 1859 Aug 24, age 60 has lumbago and is unable to do much work. He has a free house for watching the pit on the sabbath and he suffers from asthma. Wife, Agnes Miller age 59 is employed inthe field., daughter Helen 39 is m. to Gilbert Thomson collier with 7 children, Margaret 37 m. W. Watson with 6 children, Mary 35 m. John Lindsay with 2 children and Jane 33 is married with 6 children.


5. Cunninghame White residence in Dalry age 50 collier born Kilwinning is wholly disabled, his wife Mary Cunningham age 45 with Mary 11 at service and Christina 13, Ann 11, Mathew 4. Wife has the cold fever for the last 3 weeks
and daughter Ann also, none of the children are working. In 1863 three girls working and earning 11/3 between them per week.

6. Robert Frew, Elderslie. 1861 age 21 widow age 42 a collier with dislocated shoulder, born Stevenston to Robert Frew and Janet Jeffrey now resident at Bridgend. His sister Catherine a widow with 2 children living with him. His child Robert 15 is an app. baker in Kilwinning, Arch 13 lives with him and has 2/10 per week in Elderslie Mill but has gone to New Mill Johnstone where he will have 3/3, John 10 is in Kilwinning and Annie 9. He has been in Elderslie since 1858, has spent 2 years in Kilwinning and 3 in Stevenston employed at Fergushill, Redstone, Dykehead and Kenneth's. removed on St Margarets day 1849 to Fergushill and then Dreghorn in 1852 . Is getting 2/-

No. 1 Agnes Barr living in Dalry, parents: Andrew Barr and Agnes Crawford. (1852) She was 64 single and had no occupation. She received 2/3 per week. She died 12 May 1865

No.10 Jean Howie, parents James Howie (surgeon) and Margaret McVitae, (1852) age 43, single she was lame and died 17/3/1882.

No. 13 Margaret Muir parents Robert Muir and Jean Jack. (1852) age 82, single she was a servant and res. In Wee Close, Kilwinning. D. 27/11/1871.

No. 28 Janet Shedden, res. Friars Croft, Irvine (1852) age 68 b. Kilwinning, single, Pinn Winder. Parents Charles Shedden and Ann Howie. She is living with sister widow of George Mitchell and she d.24/2/1866

No. 32 Isabella Smith widow of John Muir (1852) age 64 earns 6d. per week. Born Irvine lives at Bridgend Lane, Kilwinning, a muslin sewer. Parents Hugh Smith, Janet McBride. Child: Mary 22 single muslin sewer earns 2/6 per week, Agnes 34 wife of Alex McDougall in Australia with 4 children, Margaret 30 wife of Alex Ferguson, weaver in Paisley with 5 children.

No. 46 Hugh Bruce age 42 at 30 Tylefield Street, Glasgow born Ireland a collier suffering with asthma. Wife Agnes Blair 34 b. Paisley, Christina 14,b.Glasgow, Mathew 9 b. Kilwinning, William 6 b. Kil. John 3 b. Kirkintilloch. Parents Alex Bruce and Catherine Pollock. Child John died 27/2/1865.He died 12/11/1868.

No. 83 Cunningham White, parents James White and Elizabeth Dyett, living in Dalry. (1860) Age 44, wife Mary Cunningham 52 b. Stevenston, Christina 16 Mill worker, Ann 14 mill worker, Mathew 7, all born Kilwinning. Also Mary 18 single at service. Wife sells small articles earning 1/- per week. Girls earn 7/6 between them. He is a coal miner suffering from asthma. Receives 1/6 per week.

No. 92 Euph. Robertson widow of William Frew, at Warwickhill Road Dreghorn, age 43 (1861) parents Thos Robertson a moulder in Glasgow and Elizabeth Jamieson. Husband born Kilwinning. Child: Robert 22 single, collier, William 13, Annie 10, Euph. 8, James 5. also Mary 20 wife of Samuel Inglis collier with 1 child.