14 Aug 2000
Hi Hugh.Being the daughter of a former Saltcoats resident I have heard
about this heaven on earth for some twenty years now. I've lived in
Denmark most of my life and have never seen Saltcoats. Your site however
has given me a good idea of the place so dear to my father. He's like a
child once he gets started. Once again, thanks for giving him his youth
back.The daughter of Tony ( Anthony ) McGuire
16 Aug 2000
Happy to be signing in. No, I do not have a border background despite
the e-mail address. My background is with the Lamonts.My name is Cyril
Murray Brown, Sr. I live in Versailles, Kentucky, USA. Come by and visit
sometime. We live in the middle of race horse country, but we do not
even one of the beasts.
The closest thing to a horse we have is the term my wife sometimes uses
I know your area and am currently working on a book about a former
resident of Kilwinning, one George McIntyre.
18 Aug 2000
Hello: I'd like to know if Kyleshill School is still standing in
Saltcoats, what would the address be, if I wanted to write for
information? Also, would anyone have a picture of it? Some or all of
John & Jessie Bell's 16 children might have attended this school. I
would love to hear from anyone in the family. Bonnie
18 Aug 2000
An amazing site! Congratulations! Great to see such a small part of the
world so very well represented. I grew up in Kilwinning in the 1950's
and often walked to Stevenston or rode the bus to Saltcoats. Now if only
someone could set up a site for Kilwinning expatriates
19 Aug 2000
My grandfather, Robert Watson Thomson, now deceased, grew up in Salcoats
around 1905 - 1930 with his brother James, (Jim) and his sister Ann. He
attended Salcoats Public School and was active with a soccer league run
through the church. His family immigrated to Detroit, MI in his early
twenties and later married another Salcoats resident, Marion Bolton
My grandmother was born in Salcoats and lived on
Ardrossan Rd. with her twin sisters, Margaret and Elizabeth and brother
Alexander. Her father, Alexander was supposedly the mayor of Salcoats
for some period of time and owned a business on Princes Street. She
attended Ardrossan Academy, went to nursing school and then immigrated
around 1940 or so. Her family remained on Ardrossan road and it is
within the past decade that the house was sold out of the family. If
anyone remembers either of these families, I am anxious to be in touch
Christy Cole Boston, MA
20 Aug 2000
My name is Sandra Wright and My grandfather Alexander Livingston
Crawford was born in Saltcoats in 1901. His father was called Robert
George Crawford and his mother was called Janet Nee Boyd Livingston. His
mother died in 1902 in the fever hospital of scarlet fever.
28 Aug 2000
I have a question about a piece of land in Stevenston that used to be
called THE REC which I think stands for The Recreation Centre. This land
was once owned by a family and they lived in this large house which was
later turned into a dance hall. I would like to know the name of the
family that owned this land and large home. Can anyone help me?
28 Aug 2000
Hugh, Worst experience my wife and I have had in our live's was,when we
docked in Melbourne Jan 1972. Sitting quietly in our cabin with our two
kids suddenly there was a tremendous Knock at our cabin door. I opened
the door to be fronted with a man in a very official uniform (customs).Do
you remember say hello to Betty from us just found your site Christine
and I have some photos if you'd like them.
Regards !!!!!! Joe giffney
30 Aug 2000
This is a Awsome web-site Hugh .You have home in your heart..Thanks
Patrick ....Charles little wee cousin.Vancouver .BC..
09 Sep 2000
my Grandfather who's details I have already posted was born in Saltcoats
along with Jessie his sister who worked at the Ardeer factory. I don't
have the exact details but the story I have is that My grandfather moved
to Carlisle taking Jessie with him to get her away because of an
exposion that occured where she worked this would be between 1913 and
1916 not sure of exact time.
11 Sep 2000
I was born Dec 01, 1942, at number three, Wallace Avenue. My dad was
away in the Navy at the time, on a minesweeper in Ceylon. My first
memory is of him coming home, with his seabag over his shoulder. My Mum
and dad were sub-letting rooms at Wallace Avenue, and their first
"own" council house was at 49 Sinclair Street. We stayed there
for about four years, then moved to Garven Road to be nearer my Dad's
parents, who lived at #6, George Place. My Dad worked in the blackpowder
department at Ardeer. In 1957 we left Stevenston and moved to America,
where my Dad's three brothers and three sisters already were. I live now
in a wee village in Maryland, (population about 25,) that makes
Stevenston look like the big city. I'm "gaun hame" in a few
days to visit my Aunties in Stevenston, and really looking forward to
that. Does anyone out their remember Sanny Frew the coal-man, or Begbie
the milk-man? I don't remember the names of the fishmongers and
butchers, but there was a time when I could name every store from the
"toon heid" to the station square. Anyway, it was a pleasant
surprise to find this site, and perhaps I may renew som AULD aquaintance
12 Sep 2000
A thoroughly emotional journey for me visiting my father's birth place,
a place I hope one day to visit in person. Your web site is beautiful
and complete; the next best thing to being there. Thank you for allowing
me to reminisce. Heather Anderson Toronto, Can.
12 Sep 2000
Hi Hugh!I found your sight while searching for family history. All I
know is my father, Peter Anderson b.1902 grew up in Saltcoats,worked in
the Ardrossan shipyard and came to Canada at age 18. 1920. He had a
sister Mary Anderson, and she has family there.His Mother, Sophia
married Angus Hamilton. Anyone with information please contact Heather
Anderson , email@example.com . Thank you for a wonderful afternoon..
17 Sep 2000
Have at last managed to get through to you. Thank you for putting me on
to the site, now I can use the computer for more than e-mailing Lynda!
Really enjoyed reading all the comments in the guest books. would love
to hear from anyone who knows me.
24 Sep 2000
Hugh great to wander round the three towns, I wonder if the Margaret
Lyons is my wee Auntie in Canada. Will be a regular visitor from now on.
If anyone knows my Dad, Ian Bannatyne from fullerton Square in
Ardrossan, I can give him a call for them. Gone up in the world since
then :-) I'm from Seafield Drive Ardrossan tho' live in Edinburgh now.
24 Sep 2000
Hi Penny! Heard you were looking for me. What's happening? Pat says Hi!
I don't have a computer but I'll try and get in touch soon. Send
messages to above address, one of my mates will check it out.