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Ayrshire Directory - 1837 - by Pigot & Co



Saltcoats is a sea-port, partly in the parish of Stevenston and partly in that of Ardrossan; 74 miles wsw from Edinburgh, 30 sw from Glasgow, 19 n from Ayr, 14 w by n from Kilmarnock, and one from Ardrossan: eligibly situate on the Firth of Clyde, near to its northern extremity. The general appearance of this town is far from prepossessing, but its situation and proximity to Ardrossan, the arrival and departure of the trading vessels, and the passing and repassing of the different steam-packets and railway carriages, all contribute to give life to this ancient place; a spirit of improvement is becoming manifest with the inhabitants; and the town, it is expected, will be lighted with gas before this work is published. About 170 years ago, Salt-cots (then so called) consisted only of a small number of cots or cottages, the inhabitants of which obtained a livelyhood by making salt in kettles; but at the beginning of the last centuary, a harbour being constructed for the convenience of shipments of coal, the produce of the mines in this neighbourhood, the little hamlet began to assume the semblance of a village; it is but in recent years, however, that it has risen to any note. During the late war this place possessed an extensive trade, and ship-building was carried on with great spirit; but since the peace its commerce has been much reduced, and it is now nearly confined to the importation of timber, and the exportation of coals to Ireland, in which trade there are sometimes about forty vessels employed. The manufacture of salt here is considerable, and a great number of looms are employed in the weaving of muslins, &c. for the Glasgow and Paisley markets. A branch of the Irvine custom-house transacts the revenue business, and the proprietors of the Ayrshire bank have a branch here; the house in which the business of the latter is transacted, and which is also the residence of the manager Mr. W.B.Orr, is a very handsome building, and an ornament to Raise st in which it stands. Both at the east and west of the town are extensive chymical works, belonging to Messrs Burns and Son, who manufacture magnesia and epsom salts. The principal Inns are the "Saracen's Head", in Harbour street, and the "King's Arms", in Bradshaw street, the former a good posting- house. The Town-house, the foundation of which was laid in 1825, consists of a spacious hall, with two smaller appartments adjoining, and a lock-up for prisioners: the ediface, which is surmounted by a steeple, is a prominent and effective object when approaching the town. A justice court, for the recovery of small debts, sits in this town once a month. The places of worship are a church of the establishment, two others for the seccessional body, one for the relief synod, a Gaelic church, and a Baptist meeting-house. The children of the town have the advantage of free, parocial and Sabbath schools, and a library of religious and moral works. There are several benefit societies, which alleviate the suffering and relieve the necessities of the poor; and one of those establishments that must ever aid the impulse of industry and prudence - a savings bank. An annual fair is held on the last Thursday in May.

Stevenston is a village in the parish of its name and district of Cunningham - situate one mile north-east of Saltcoats, and two south-west from Kilwinning. It consists chiefly of one street, half a mile in length; and derives its name from Stephen, or "Steven", the son of Richard, who obtained a grant of lands from Richard Morville, constable of Scotland; the latter, then a very celebrated man, died in 1189; under this grant Steven settled here, and gave his patronimic designation to the place. The parish abounds with coal and freestone, of which large quantities are annually shipped. The dairy and agricultural produce, comprising cheese, butter, wheat, oats, and potatoes, is likewise of considerable value. A great portion of the inhabitants of the village are employed in weaving, and through the agents here the works of their looms are conveyed to the Glasgow houses. The present church is a neat and handsome building, of modern erection. The old church belonged formerly to the monks of Kilwinning. Yearly fairs are held on the second Friday in August and the 31st of October. Post Office, Quay street, Saltcoats, William Snodgrass, Post Master - The Kilmarnock, Irvine and Edinburgh mails arrive every morning at eight, and are despatched every afternoon at four. Post Office, Stevenston, Robert Forrest Scott, Post Master - the Irvine and Kilmarnock mails arrive every morning at eight, and are despatched every afternoon at half-past four.


Bell, John Esq, Raise st/ Black, Mrs, Hamilton st/ Blair, Rev. James, Raise st/ Bolton, Mrs, Sandylands/ Brown, Hugh, Esq, Park end/ Brown, John Esq, Raise st/ Bryce, Rev. John, manse/ Crawford, James, Esq, Birkhead/ Croker, Samuel Esq, Rock vale/ Cunningham, Robt., esq, of Sea bank/ Currie, John, Esq, Hamilton st/ Dow, Miss, Sandylands/ Elles, Rev. James, Windmill st/ Giffen, Rev. James, Hill st/ Hamilton, Col. Alexander of Grange/ Hamilton, Capt. James, Raise st/ Henry, Mrs Mary, Sandylands/ Howie, John Esq, Hullerhirst/ Jack, Mrs William, Raise st/ Landsborough, Rev. David, Manse, Stevenston/ McFee, Capt. John, Raise st/ Martin, Major Alex. Mayville cottage/ Miller, Robert, Esq, Raise st/ Miller, Capt. William, Sandylands/ Muir, John Esq, of Hayocks/ Poe, Captain, Sandylands/ Reid, Boyd Esq, Sandylands/ Ronald, Rev. David, Hamilton st/ Roxburgh Mr Thomas, Raise st/ Stevenson, Mr Robert, Raise st/ Stewart, Wm. H. Esq, Hamilton st/ Thomson, Mrs. Canal bank/ Warner, Patrick Esq of Ardeer/ Woodrow, Miss, Hamilton st/ Workman, Mrs Robert, Raise st/ Young, Thomas Esq, of Springvale


Free School, Saltcoats - Helen Allen, mistress/ Heron, Daniel, Chapel st/ Ormond, Hugh, Stevenston/ Parochial School, Stevenston - John Crawford & Jas Orr, master/ Shaw, Neil, Raise st/ Smith, Alexander, Hamilton st/ Wakelin, William, Chapel st


Aitken, James, Dockhead st/ Baird, Hugh, Dockhead st/ Barclay, Robert, Raise st/ Bolton, James, Chapelwell st/ Boyd, Thomas, Sandylands/ Crawford, Alexander, Windmill st/ Ferguson, Alexander, Dockhead st/ Gordon, Gilbert, Sandylands/ Smith, Andrew, Hamilton st/ Smith, James, Raise st/ Thomson, David, Raise st


Chalmers, Hugh, Quay st/ Gibson, Gavin, Quay st/ Jamieson, George, Dockhead st/ Leckie, William, Dockhead st/ Logan, John, Stevenston/ McAllister, Daniel, Green st/ McMillan, John, Bradshaw st/ Poe, David, Quay st


Ayrshire Banking Co (Branch of), Raise st - (Draw on the Royal bank, Edinburgh & Glasgow, & Williams, Deacon & Co, London). William Bowes Orr, Manager Savings Bank, Raise st - James Dunlop, manager


Allan, James, Stevenston/ Barclay, John, Dockhead/ Burns, William, Chapelwell st/ Lambie, William, Stevenston/ Miller, Thomas, Quay st/ Richie, Hugh, Raise st


Skoech, James & Co, Bradshaw st/ Wilson, Amelia, Quay st/ Wilson, John, Dockhead st


Currie, Daniel, Dockhead st/ Currie, John, Quay st/ Galloway, John, Dockhead st/ Glossop, George, Quay st/ Hamilton, Alison, Raise st/ McKenzie, Donald, Bradshaw st/ McKillop, John, Quay st/ McMicken, William, Raise st/ McNeil, James, Quay st/ Scott, John, Stevenston/ Shaw, Thomas, Bradshaw st/ Sillars, Duncan, Dockhead st/ Thomaon, James, Quay st


King, Jean, Raise st/ McMahon, Patrick, Quay st


Davidson, Daniel, Dockhead st/ McArthur, Alexander, Raise st/ Richie, James (and fish curer), Raise st


Graham, Thomas, Quay st/ Thomson, James, Raise st/ Watt, William, Raise st


Anderson, Robert (and tanner), Raise st/ Cunningham, Alexander, Raise st


Scottish Amicable (Life) and West of Scotland (fire), Hugh Richie, Raise st


Baillie, Hugh, Stevenston/ Crawford, John, Dockhead st/ Fleck, John, Raise st/ McCall, John, Stevenston/ McKillop, Daniel, Dockhead st/ Maitland, Margaret, Quay st


Adam, John, Raise st/ Auld, John, Stevenston/ Boyd, John, Raise st/ Boyd, William, Raise st/ Brown, Janet, Hamilton st/ Bryce, Robert, Dockhead st/ Chalmers, Hugh, Chapel st/ Craig, Helen, Harbour st/ Davidson, Archibald, Dockhead st/ Dunlop, James, Raise st/ Fullarton, Adam, Dockhead st/ Fullarton, Catherine, Dockhead st/ Fulton, Andrew, Stevenston/ Hodson, Elizabeth, Raise st/ Howie, Alexander, Stevenston/ Lockhart, William, Stevenston/ McBride, James, Raise st/ McBride, John, Raise st/ McConechy, Alexander, Bradshaw st/ McKillop, John, Green st/ / Miller, William, Stevenston/ Murchie, Peter, Quay st/ Orr, Alexander, Raise st/ Pennel, Joseph, Stevenston/ Poe, Janet, Raise st/ Reid, James, Chapel st/ Robertson, Daniel, Deckhead st/ Service, George, Raise st/ Shedden, James, Dockhead st/ Smith, James, Stevenston/ Snodgrass, William (and Stamp distributor) Quay st/ Wilkie, Adam, Hamilton st


Bolton, John, Dockhead st/ Gray, Robert, Raise st


King's Arms, Jas. Reid, Bradshaw st Saracen's Head (& posting house), Alexander Campbell, Harbour st


Alexander, Alexander, Sandylands/ Armour, William, raise st/ Baillie, Hugh (ship joiner), Green st/ Baillie, John, Raise st/ Craig, William, Chapel st/ Dickie, James, Stevenston/ Hodge, James, Green st/ Hunter, Alexander, Green st/ Lusk, David, Quay st/ Miller, Thomas, Raise st/ Scott, Thomas, Stevenston/ Service, John, Raise st/ Young, James, Stevenston


Aitken, William, Dockhead st/ Baird, Alexander, Quay st/ Davie, Matthew, Quay st/ Ewing, Hugh, Quay st/ Gemell, William, Quay st/ How, John, Bradshaw st


Burns, William & Sons (carbonate and calcined) Sandylands


Davidson, Mary, Dockhead st/ Galt, Jean, Hill st/ McDonald, Elizabeth, Harbour st/ McDonald, Margaret, Harbour st/ Moffat, Phoebe, Green st/ Skroech, Elizabeth & Janet, Raise st/ Smith, Agnes, Stevenston 


Cooper, Peter, Chapelwell st/ Lennart, John, Chapel st


Campbell, Boyd, Sandylands/ Hogarth, Robert, Stevenston/ Maule, Alexander, Dockhead st


Burns, Willam & Sons (and Epsom salt and Magnesia ), Sandylands Warner & Cunningham, Sandylands


Brown, John jun, Dockhead st/ Willock, Jas (& nursery) Dockhead st


King, Peter, Hamilton st/ McGill, Alexander, Chapelwell st/ Mills, Joseph, Green st/ Reid, Thomas, Hill st


Brown, James, Dockhead st/ Drinnan, John, Quay st/ Wallace, Robert, Raise st


Bennet, Robert, Hill st/ Bryden, James, Raise st/ Currie, Daniel, Green st/ Hamilton, Archibald, Stevenston/ Henry, John, Dockhead st/ Hughs, Peter, Quay st/ McBride, Andrew, Dockhead st/ McBride, Thomas, Green st/ McFee, Daniel, Harbour st/ McIntoch, James, Stevenston/ McKinnon, Alexander, Dockhead st/ McWhinnie, Hugh, Quay st/ Scott, William, Raise st/ Smith, James, Raise st


Fullarton, Wm. & John, Quay st/ Richie, James, Raise st


Fullarton, Duncan, Hill st/ Fullarton, Jas., (& ironmonger), Quay st


Adam, John, Raise st/ Banks, James, Stevenston/ Barclay, Hugh, Chapel st/ Boyd, Hugh, Stevenston/ Boyd, John, Raise st/ Bryce, Robert, Dockhead st/ Chalmers, Hugh, Quay st/ Chalmers, Hugh, Chapel st/ Cowan, David, Sandylands/ Crawford, James, Stevenston/ Ferguson, Alex. (Swan), Dockhead st/ Fullarton, Adam, Dockhead st/ Fulton, Andrew, Stevenston/ Good, John, Chapel brae/ Graham, Thos. (Cross Keys) Quay st/ Holmes, Mary, Quay st/ Howie, Alexander, Stevenston/ Howie, John, Stevenston/ Jack, John, Stevenston/ Kenneth, Sarah, Stevenston/ Kerr, Malcolm, Green st/ Lockhart, John, Stevenston/ Lockhart, William, Stevenston/ Logan, John (True Sun), Sandylands/ McBride, James, Raise st/ McBride, John, Quay st/ McCall, John, Stevenston/ McConechy, Alexander, Bradshaw st/ McKillop, John, Green st/ McMillan and Co, Stevenston/ McMillan, John, Bradshaw st/ Orr, Alexander, Raise st/ Pennel, Joseph, Stevenston/ Ramsay, Alex., (Black Bull), Raise st/ Richie, James, Stevenston/ Roy, Betay, Quay st/ Russell, Gavin, Sandylands/ Service, George, Raise st/ Shedden, James, Dockhead st/ Smith, James, Stevenston/ Smith, John, Stevenston/ Snodgrass, William, Quay st/ Taylor, Archibald, Quay st/ Taylor, Gilbert (Rob Roy), Quay st/ Wilkie, Adam, Hamilton st/ Willock, Thomas, Chapel st/ Wilson, William, Stevenston/ Young, John and Co, Quay st


Coulter, William, Quat st/ Gibson, John, Bradshaw st


Boyd, David, Stevenston/ Smith, Thomas, Quay st


Orr, William Bowes, Quay st/ Wark, Francis, Sandylands


Banks, John, saddler, Quay st/ Barclay, John, tallow chandler, Harbour st/ Brown, Jno., jun hardware dir, Dockhead st/ Croker, Samuel, Manager of the Stevenston collieries, Rock vale/ Cunningham, John, harbour master, Quay/ Duncan, Sinclair, searcher and landing waiter, Saltcoats/ Duncan, Thomas, stocking maker, Quay st/ Gilmour, Robert, auctioneer, Stevenston/ Hill, Peter, horse and cattle dealer, Chapel st/ Hill, William, horse dealer, Chapel st/ Hoole, James, stone merchant, Stevenston/ Hunter, John, flax dresser, Dockhead st/ Kenneth, Sarah, corn miller, Stevenston/ McDonald, Daniel, block maker, Harbour st/ McKelvie, John, sail maker, Raise st/ Maule, Margaret, dyer, Dockhead st/ Moffat, Jas., superintendant of the Ardrossan and Johnstone Railway, Railway Office/ Warner & Cunningham, coal proprietors, Stevenston collieries/ Watt, Robert, rope &c maker, Sandylands/ Watt, Wm., brewer and maltster , Raise st/ Whinton, Andw., umbrella mkr. Dockhead st


Established Church, Stevenston - Rev. David Landsborough

Establishen Church of Ardrossan and Saltcoats - Rev john Bryce

Relief Church, Rev Jas. Giffen

Secession Church, Rev David Ronald

Secession Church, Rev James Ellis

Baptist, Rev James Blair

Gaelic Church


To Glasgow, the "Fair Trader", from the Saracen's Head, Saltcoats, every morning (Sunday excepted) at seven; and the "Herald" at six in the evening; both go thru' Kilwinning, Dalry, Beith, and Paisley.

To Irvine and Kilmarnock, the "Time Keeper", from the Saracen's Head, every morning (Sun excepted) at eight; and the "Ayrshire Lass" at six in the evening; and an Omnibus, from the King's Arms, every morning (Sunday excepted) at eight.


To Ardrossan and Eglingtoun, Carriages six times a day


(From Saltcoats)

To Ardrossan, Thomas Graham and James Harra, daily

To Glasgow, Thomas Willock, every Monday, and Alexander and John Cunningham, every Monday and Thursday

To Irvine, John McBride and James Harra daily

To Kilbride, Andrew Clark, daily

To Kilmarnock, John Barr, every Tuesday and Friday


To Lamlash and Brodick, sailing vessels daily.






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