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August 1, 1902
Mr W Reid died on Tuesday morning at his home at Ladeside, Kilbirnie. he founded the brick-making industry at Lugton and carried on a successful business there.

A Three day bazaar in aid of the fund to clear the 564 debt on Lamlash UF Church realised 636.

Mr AP Davidson, schoolmaster, Lamlash, has been appointed to the charge of a department in one of the secondary schools in Glasgow. He has been in Lamlash for 21 years.

Captain TD Allan, Saltcoats (1st VB, RSF) has been granted the rank of Hon Major.

Mr George Robertson, youngest son of Mr Archibald Robertson, fisher, Saltcoats, is leaving for South Africa. For six years he has been piper to Saltcoats Volunteers. He takes with him to South Africa a full Highland dress of Clan Robertson and his pipes.

August 8, 1902
On the Ardrossan to Portrush daylight service "Azelea" or "Cedar" weekend excursion fares are offered - cabin 11/-, steerage. 5/-, Steamer leaves Ardrossan at 10 am Saturdays and arrives Ardrossan 3.30pm on Mondays. Bed and breakfast on board 4/6 per day.

The death is announced of the Rev JJ Kelly, formerly minister of Fullarton Free Church, Irvine.

Mr JB Thorneycroft, chairman of the Ayrshire Coalowners Association, will celebrate Coronation Day by inviting a large party to cruise on the SS Carrick from Ardrossan Pier.

Lieutenant James B Walker, 14th (King's) Hussars and the son of the late Mr Alex Walker of Crosbie Tower, Troon, was welcomed home on Monday after having been at the South African front for 2 1/2 years.

Mr RM Blackwood, Daisybank, Beith, in an examination by the Civic Service Commissioners for a post under Government took first place in the United Kingdom out of over 450 candidates with 1572 marks out of a possible 1800.

August 13, 1902
The Coronation was celebrated on board the Glen Sannox at noon on Saturday by the assembling of the crew on the bridge where the national anthem was sung and feu-de-jole was fired. On Sunday the crew received a free dinner.

At Saltcoats Town Council's meeting Councillor Whyte said he would give notice of a motion that the ice cream shops in the burgh will be closed on Sundays and Saturday nights at 10 o'clock. The provost said there would be a bill before Parliament in connection with the matter and the council could not take up the question.

Captain Highet returned to Irvine last night after two-and-a-half years in Africa. The captain left as a trooper and worked his way up. The crowd waiting to meet him at the station unyoked the horses of his carriage and pulled him up to his father's residence in Kilwinning Road

On Friday night Vale of Garnock Strollers got an enthusiastic reception on winning the Irvine and District Juvenile Cup.

Captain Torrance was prominent in some lively scenes at Ardrossan Parish Council meetings.

The first day's proceeds at Saltcoats North Church bazaar were 371.

August 22, 1902
Mrs Ainslie (65) Stevenston, and her grandchild Agnes Johnstone were accidentally killed on the railway near Stevenston by the Campbelltown express on Monday. The child was the daughter of Mr James Johnstone, plumber, Thistle Cottages, Stevenston.

George Young of Glasgow Rangers, who last year played left back for Beith, has signed on again for Beith.

Mr William Orr and his son, Mr John Orr, watchmaker, have erected in their garden an instrument whereby Greenwich mean time may be obtained by timing the sun crossing the meridian.

As a result of the three days bazaar held by Saltcoats North Parish Church, 650 will be added to the Endowment Fund.

August 29, 1902
The King and Queen and party on the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert were ashore in Arran on three days this week. They were enthusiastically received. Messrs C Murchie & Co of Ardrossan have supplied provisions to the vessels accompanying the King's yacht while in Brodick bay.

Sergeant McDowall, Ardrossan recently returned from active service in South Africa, was entertained to supper in the Sergeant's Mess Hall and was presented with a dress case. captain Murchie handed over the gift.

Mr John Adams, younger son of Mr John Adams, burgh collector, Ardrossan, has been appointed sanitary inspector at Kroonstad.

Mr James Coltart, Girdle Toll, Eglinton, who lifted 10 first and 10 second prizes at Dreghorn Flower Show, has been awarded the special prize at Crystal Palace (London) Dog Show for best sporting dog exhibited (a retriever).

September 5, 1902
Plans were passed by Irvine Dean of Guild Court for the erection by Mr David Flannigan of a two-storey dwelling house with a 65-feet chimney stalk in Cochrane Park.

Ayr's new theatre, the Gaiety Theatre, stated to be one of the most up to date structures of its kind in the Kingdom, will be carried on by a limited liability company. It will be opened on September 8 with the Brixton Burglary, a comedy.

Scotland's premier actor, John Clyde will appear in the musical drama The Dawn of Freedom in Saltcoats Town Hall on Saturday next.

Domestic gas coke is on sale at Ardrossan Gasworks at 8/4d per ton.

Irvine is proposing to introduce electric lighting for the streets.

Principal prizewinners at Kilwinning Flower Show were:- Messrs T Trodden, J Smith, J Noble, William Gemmell, G
Richmond, G Hutton, William Halbert, J Coltart and M Heron.

September 12, 1902
Higher-lying roads, particularly in the north-west parishes of Dalry and Kilbirnie and in the vicinity of West Kilbride, were severely damaged by the rapid flow of water during the recent floods. At West Kilbride the hollow of the Post Office was under water and several adjoining buildings were flooded and at Millside Road, Kilbirnie, the roadway was torn up and rendered impassable while the footbridge was carried away.

The contractors for the new Unionist Club buildings which have been erected on the west side of Princes Street Ardrossan, were: Hugh Thomas, Saltcoats, architect, his design having been selected in a competition, John Inglis, builder, Robert Frew, joiner, John Lambert, plumber, James Allison, slater, Murray & McCallum, plasterers, and John Gilfillan, painter.

The Rev Gillison's ordination as colleague and successor to Rev Davidson in the pastorate of the UF Church, Kilbirnie, takes place on Tuesday.

Mr James Campbell, writer, has been unanimously appointed Depute Town Clerk of Saltcoats and Depute Clerk to the Police and Dean of Guild Courts.