November 7, 1902
A statue in memory of the officers and men of the Royal
Scots Fusiliers who fell in the South African War was unveiled at Ayr on
At Whiting Bay pier on Friday, a conference of gentlemen headed by Mr
Matthew Kerr and Mr Thomas Miller, piermaster, boarded the Glen Rosa and
presented Captain McGregor with a handsome meerschaum pipe in
acknowledgement of his services in saving the pleasure boat Follow Me,
which had been driven to sea from her moorings during a gale in September.
At Saltcoats Literary and Debating Society a paper defending some of the
popularly condemned forms of literature was read by Mr Manson Gibson.
A mule bird belonging to Mr Muir, West End, Dalry, has died. Mr Muir got
possession of the bird when it was over a year old and has had it for the
past 17 years.
Eglinton iron Works are pleased to announce that hot and cold water baths
are available for tuppence each, or fourpence each with a spray.
The submerged wreck of the jigger "Mary" which founded last Saturday just
outside Ardrossan and was lying in the fairway, was blown up by charges of
dynamite on Tuesday.
Early on Sunday morning, an attempt was made to wreck a
train on the G&SW Railway between No1 Pit Auchenharvie Colliery, and the
Saltcoats laundry. Two pieces of clay, weighing about 1 1/2 cwts each had
been lifted from the side of the railway and laid across the lines. A
goods train struck the slag and shattered it, but the engine was not
Sergeant WS Thomson, RFA, a native of Ardrossan, has died in South Africa
from enteric fever. He was formally employed first in the Royal Bank of
Scotland, Ardrossan, and then with Messrs Hogarth & Co, Ardrossan. He was
a brother in law of Mr James Tyre, Ardrossan.
Mr Hay, for 21 years schoolmaster at Corrie, has been presented with a
purse and sovereigns on his leaving to be headmaster of Onick School near
Fort William. Mrs Hay received a bracelet and brooch from the church
members in recognition of her services as organist.
Fred Pickles, 14 years of age, Dalry, was fatally injured
on the railway on Monday evening.
Carlung mansion House, West Kilbride, was gutted by fire on Monday
Town Council appointments:- Ardrossan - Provost Young, Bailie Hogarth,
Police Judges Harvey and Barrie. Saltcoats - Provost Guthrie, Bailie
Blakely, Kilwinning - Bailie Greig.
Mr John Reid, Main Street, Stevenston, won with his jacobins five prizes
at the Crystal Palace Show, London.
On Saturday the steamship "Constance" for London owners was launched at
Miss Moffat, Ardrossan, a member of the School Board and
well known in public life in the town, died on Monday.
The steel screw steamer, Jessie, launched at Ardrossan on Saturday, is a
sister ship to Constance, launched from the same yard the previous
An excellent performance of Rob Roy was given in the league of the Cross
Hall, Saltcoats on Friday evening. Mr J Kirkwood Campbell played the part
of Rob Roy and the members of the cast included: Missus Sarah Bonnar, Kate
White, Maggie Murray, Mary Regan, Lizzie Smith, and Messrs John McCourt,
Michael Reilly, Francis Stewart, Patrick Keenan, Charles McCulloch, James
Leckie, David White, John McMahon, Neil Coyle, John Hendry, James Murphy,
Patrick McKeever, Daniel Higgins, Patrick Lang, Ed Murray, Patrick McIver,
James Higgins, John McMahon and Hugh White.
December 5, 1902
The Rev JM Watson was last Wednesday ordained and inducted
as colleague and successor to the Rev JC Balderstone, Overton UF Church,
Mr J Peat Millar, Beith, was the winner of a silver medal for portraiture
at Glasgow Eastern Photographic Exhibition.
The numbers on the rolls of schools under Ardrossan School Boards were:-
Eglinton, 459; Winton, 454; Saltcoats, 846; Academy, 381.
On Thursday last Col Blair, CB entertained his tenantry in the Lesser
Public Hall, Dalry. Those who proposed toasts were:- Mr J Harvie,
Croatholm; Mr W Rae and Mr J Gordon, Kilwinning, Mr A Cromrie presided.
In a letter to an Ardrossan Academy pupil, a lady resident of Saltcoats,
Canada, says that their town was formerly called Stirling, but when the
crofters settled near at hand about 12 years ago the name was changed to
On Sunday night the golden wedding was celebrated of Mr and Mrs William
McHattie, Cochrane Street, Kilbirnie.
An Irvine young lady artist, Miss Price of Harbour Street, has had an oil
painting and three poker work tables accepted for exhibition by hanging
committee of the Exhibition of Fine Arts, Kilmarnock.
About 1000 birds were exhibited at the Irvine Pigeon Show. Among the
successful exhibitors were:- JW Craig, AK Marr, S Robson, R Pillans, R
Stevenson, J Binning, W Wood, R Brown, W Timothy, AR McNair, R Blair and S
Councillor Lewis Porter has been appointed by Ardrossan
Town Council as representative to the County Council.
Presentations have been made to Mr James Stewart, late
manager, Ardeer Foundry, Stevenston, on his departure to fill another
position. At the social gathering the toast of the Ardeer Foundry was
replied to by Mr George McGregor. Mr Hugh Higgins, one of the workmen,
read an original poem addressed to Mr Stewart.
The membership of William Knox Institute, Kilbirnie, 117 full members, 119
reading and recreation and 35 library, a total of 371. The library books
issued numbered 2721 (87 per cent fiction).
Large shoals of herring made their appearance in Irvine Bay after an
absence of about 20 years from that part of the coast. Local fishermen had
some great catches.
At a gathering of the inhabitants of Annicklodge district, James Burns, a
schoolboy, was presented with a watch and a chain in recognition of his
bravery in jumping into a spate-swollen burn and saving the life of James
Gillespie, a schoolfellow. Two other boys, George McNaught and James Love,
who at considerable risk to their own lives, assisted Burns in bringing
Gillespie to the bank, received presentations respectively of a badge with
gold centre and a handsome pocket knife.
Among the new JPs for Buteshire are the following for Arran:- James
McGregor. quarrymaster, Corrie; Robert Hamilton, piermaster, Brodick; JG
Sweet, Lamlash; Dr Neil Fullerton, Lamlash; William Hamilton, Arnhall,
Whiting bay; Robert Kerr, Glenscorsadale; Finlay Kerr, Lochranza; Thomas
Miller, Whiting Bay; Robert Kerr jnr, Lochranza.
Members of the Parish Church, West Kilbride, entertained their leader, Mr
John Carruthers, in Mr McRae's on the occasion of his retiral after 38
years' service. Mr John Montgomery presented a handsome writing desk to
Under the auspices of Glengarnock UF Church, a Glengarnock juvenile choir
presented the kinderspiel, The Holiday Concert, in the Good Templars Hall,
Kilbirnie, under the conductorship of Mr Angus Mitchell, leader of