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Ayrshire Directories by Pigot & Co)


A burgh of barony is 72 miles sw from Edinburgh, 49 s of Glasgow, 42 nw of Dumfries, 24 sse of Kilmarnock, 15 se of Ayr, 14 e of Maybole, 12 s of Old Cumnock, and 6 to the eastward of Straiton.  This thriving little place is pleasantly situate on the north bank of the water of Doon, and near the base of an eminance, from the summit of which a fine view is obtained of the varied character, comprising rude and lofty mountains and the softer features of cultivation.  The manufacture of carpets, blankets and plaiding, and the weaving of cotton goods, together with the coal-mines in the neighbourhood, furnish employment to the many of the industrious class. These mines are at present leases to Mr Wm Sloss, of the "Cross Keys" a very comfortable inn here;  the coal, which is obtained by an exceedingly simple method, is sold for the low price of 2s 4d per ton.  Besides the trading importance enjoyed by the town, it derives some advantage from resorts of parties of pleasure and for fishing; those who intend to partake of the latter entertainment will find on the banks of the Doon neat boats, furnished by the proprietors of the two good Inns in this place, the "Cross Keys" and the "Black Bull".  The loch is a beautiful sheet of water, with a hard rocky shore, extending six miles in length, and abounding in trout of fine flavour.  On an island in the lake are the remains of Hallock castle. Some years since a fishing party discovered, at the bottom of the loch, what appears to be boats; and having obtained the necessary assistance, they succeeded in raising three canoes - the largest measuring 24 feet in length by 4 in breadth, and hewn out of a solid log of oak; two were much decayed, but the third was so little impaired as to allow of its being floated on the surface, with a person in it for a considerable time.  In Dalmellington are a public and private library, and a reading-room well furnished with standard works, periodicals and newspapers; a sum has been left in trust for the support of the latter and the private library, and for the education of a certain number of children.  The parish, which is ten miles in length by about three in breadth, belongs principally to the Honourable Colonel F MacAdam Cathcart of Berleith and his lady.  Fairs are held in March, May and December.    


 Robert Smith - Postmaster - Letters from Ayr arrive every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at one, and are despatched every Monday, Wednesday and Friday forenoon at eleven.  

            GENTRY & CLERGY

McAdam, Mrs Elizabeth  (of Craigengillan)  Camlarg Lodge Cathcart, Hon. Colonel Frederick McAdam of Berbith Houston, Rev. Robert  Manse  


Black Bull Duncan Wright Cross Keys William Sloss and joiner and lessee of Camlarg Coal Mines  


Arthur, William  - shopkeeper  Baird, Jane  - grocer & spirit dealer Dempster, William  -grocer & flesher  Edgar, David  - agent for Spring garden bleachfield Ferguson, Agnes  - shopkeeper Gammel, Thomas  - agent for Glasgow tartan weaving Gregg, Mary  - shopkeeper Grierson, John  - mason Hannah, Andrew  - tailor    Hetrick, Robert  - blacksmith Hewlison, Jas  - waulk & dying mills     Hogg, William  - tailor Howitson, James  - shoemaker Jamieson, John  - surgeon Kay, William  - flesher McCulloch, Mary  - grocer & spirit dealer McEwan, John  - tailor McGill, Thomas  - boot & shoemaker McKay, William  - boot & shoemaker    McLimont, John  - boot & shoemaker McLimont, Mary  - dress maker McMicken, John  - tailor McMicken, William  - shopkeeper    McMurtrie, Dav  - joiner & cartwright McMurtrie, Elizabeth  - shopkeeper  McWhirter, John  - baker Reid, James  - surgeon Rowan, Janet  - shopkeeper Simpson, David - tailor Smith, Robert -grocer, spirit dealer & joiner Templeton, Thomas  - watch and clock maker  Walker, John  - grazier  Bellsbank Walker, John jnr  - grazier  Light Walker, William  - shopkeeper Wallace, Thomas  - grocer & draper Weir, David  - ironmonger & draper Welsh, John  -blacksmith Wight, James  - joiner Wight, William  - carpet, blanket and plaiding manufacturer Willet, Duncan  - shopkeeper & agent for Glasgow weaving Wilson, Janet  - linen draper  


Reid, James  - surgeon, librarian  


Hewitson, John  - librarian  


Anderson, James Douglas, Harriet Orr, James   (partially endowed) Parochial School,  John Hewitson  - master & Seccession clerk Rowan, Janet  


To Ayr the "Craigengillan Castle" (from Dumfries) calls at the Black Bull, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday about at twelve; and a car from the Cross Keys every Tuesday and Friday morning at seven.

To Dumfries  the "Craigengillan Castle" (from Ayr) calls at the Black Bull every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoon at two.  


To Ayr John Houston, every Monday John Orr,  every Tuesday and  Alexander Gammel, every Friday

  To Castle Douglas  Thomas Willet from the Black Bull every alternate Monday and David McClure every alternate Saturday.

To Glasgow  Thomas Willet and David McClure from the Black Bull every alternate Tuesday.


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