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Ayrshire Directory - 1837- by Pigot & co


Is a port town and burgh of barony, in the parish of its name and district of Carrick; Edinburgh, 56 ssw of Glasgow, 31 nnw of Portpatrick, the like distance nne of Stranraer, 21 s by w of Ayr, 13 n by e of Ballantrae, 12 ssw of Maybole, and 6 sw of Dailly; situate on the left bank of the Garvan or Girvan, near to its influx with the sea and at a point exactly opposite the islet called Ailsa Craig. The harbour, which is now convenient for shipping, underwent great improvement at the expense of the late Sir H.D. Hamilton, the then sole proprietor; and others, upon an extensive Glasgow. Large quantities of grain, of various kinds, are annually exported from hence, chiefly to Liverpool and Glasgow. The consignments of timber from North America to merchants in this town are considerable; the trade in coal and lime is likewise important - the mines of the formar and quarries of the latter being numerous in this neighbourhood; but the principal business of the town consists in the manufacture of a variety of cotton and other goods, for the Glasgow and Paisley markets, which affords employment to the bulk of the inhabitants. The government of the town is vested in two bailies and twelve number, on the 12th October; the Duchess of Coigney, or her representative, is superior of the burough. The places of worship are, a church of the establishment (a neat structure, thoroughly repaired some years since), united Mrs Crawford, of Ardmillan, who left the interest of 1,000 forever to the teachers, for the education of forty children, subject only to the deduction of two guineas, to be distributed in small prizes amongst the pupils; the same munificent lady also left the Girvan every Monday; and there are two annual fairs, on the last Monday in the months of April and October, for stock, hiring servants, and general business. The celebrated and extraordinary rock called Ailsa Craig is Girvan, rising out of Firth of to the height of a thousand feet. It is two miles in circumference; and the top, which is conical, is covered with a luxurious crop of heath, grass and other plants, which feed great numbers of goats and rabbits. In one place the craig, at the elevation of 200 feet from the base, stands a deserted square tower, or castellated house, still very perfect as a ruin. Higher up issue two sparkling and beautiful springs of water, one of which forms a small marshy plain, covered with various plants, amongst others, the "hydrocatile vulgaris" of extraordinary magnitude. The rock belongs to the Marquess of Ailsa, who draws from it a yearly Thomas Donaldson, Post master - Letters from Glasgow and England arrive every night at a quarter before twelve, and are despatched at a quarter before eight at night - Letters from Portpaatrick arrive every night at a quarter before eight, and are despatched every night at a quarter before twelve - A penny-post to Barr every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at eight.


Crawford, Archibald Clifford Blackwell, esq., Ardmillan house Duncan, Rev. Alex, (secession), Old st McMaster, Rev. Peter, Manse Tyson, Mrs. Mary, Shallock Wilson, John, esq., (factor to the Duchess de Coigney), Bailock cottage, Bank street


Frew, Agnes, High st McDougall, Alexander, the Green Parochial School, the Green - Rev Cathcart Kay, master Shaw, John, Dalrymple st Steven, Rev. Andrew, Montgomery st Subscription School, Hamilton st - William Goudy, master


Davidson, James, Dalrymple st/ Davidson, Thomas, High st/ Chalmers, Joseph, Montgomery st/ Frazer, Hugh, Dalrymple st/ Graham, John, Dalrymple st/ Harvey, John, Down park/ McClymont, Alexander, High st/ McHowell, Thomas, Hamilton st/ Neil, Thomas, Dalrymple st/ Paul, Adam, High st/ Powell, James, Dalrymple st/ Powell, James, Hamilton st/ Powell, John, Dalrymple st/ Tinsley, Thomas, Dalrymple st


Austin, James, High st/ Howie, William, Dalrymple st/ Kelly, Alexander, Hamilton st/ Kelly, Dugald, High st/ Murray, John, Knockushion st/ Peacock, Andrew, Dalrymple st/ Powell, William, Dalrymple st/ Thomson, Hugh, Dalrymple st


Ayr Bank (Branch of), High st - (draws on Sir William Forbes and Co Edinburgh, The Royal bank, Glasgow, and Herries, Farquhar, and Co, London) - Kennedy Brown, agent Ayrshire Bank (Branch of), Bank st - (draws on the Royal Bank, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and Williams, Deacon and Co London), William Johnston, agent


Adams, Hugh, Bridge st/ Deckie, William, Bridge mill/ Forbes, William, Bridge st/ McCracken, William, Shallock/ Wallet, John, Down park


Ferrier, William, Dalrymple st/ McQuaker, Joseph, Dalrymple st


Chalmers, David, Montgomerie st/ Davidson, Alexander, Dalrymple st/ Eglesham, Archibald, High st/ Gillespie & Roxburgh, Montgomery st/ Irvine, Samuel, Dalrymple st/ McAuley, James, Montgomery st/ McCrorie, Robert, Montgomery st/ McHarg, William, Hamilton st/ Steven, Alexander, Dalrymple st/ White, James, Hamilton st

CART & WHEEL WRIGHTS (see also wrights)

Dunbar, Jeremiah, Dalrymple st/ McClatche, Hugh Bridge mill/ McCracken, Alexander, Beggar know/ McTaggert, James, Old street/ Young, Alexander, (and millwright), Vicarton row


Hannah, Alexander, Down park/ McEwan, Robert, Ailsa street


Conway, Charles (& turner), Montgomery st/ Gardner, Robert, Hamilton st/ Goudie, John, Dalrymple st


Caledonian, Kennedy Brown, High st Insurance Company of Scotland, David Randall Craig, Bank st Hercules, John Gardner, Montgomery st West of Scotland (fire) and Scottish Amicable (life) Co., William Johnston, Bank st


McKissock, James, High st/ McMillan, Robert, Dalrymple st/ Sinclair, James, High st/ Smith, James, Dalrymple st/ Weir, William, Dalrymple st


Clachar, Alexander, Hamilton st/ Smith, William, High st

GROCERS (Marked thus * are also spirit dealers)

(See also Spirit Dealers and also Shopkeepers &c)

* Armstrong, James, Dalrymple st/ * Cathcart, James, Dalrymple st/ Douglas, Robert, Montgomery st/ * Ferguson, David, Hamilton st/ Ferguson, James, Dalrymple st/ * Hannah, John, Dalrymple st/ * Hannah, Robert, High st/ * Hunter, Andrew, Hamilton st/ Irvine , James, Knockushion st/ * McClure, James, Dalrymple st/ * McClymont, Samuel, High st/ * McKechine, Robert, Dalrymple st/ Powell, Anthony, Dalrymple st/ * Robinson, Thomas, High st/ * Smith, William, High st/ * Steven, Thomas, Montgomery st


McCaa, Hugh, Dalrymple st/ McCracken, John, Dalrymple st/ McQuaker, Hugh, Dalrymple st


Bryden, Andrew, (and car keeper), Montgomery st/ Clacher, John, (Star Inn, and livery stables), High st/ Davidson, Thomas, Dalrymple st/ Forgie, Thomas, Montgomerie st/ Harvey, John, (Weaver's Arms), Down park/ Irvine, Samuel, Dalrymple st/ Irving, James, Knockushion st/ Lyle, Thomas, (King's Arms Inn & livery stables), Dalrymple st/ McCulloch, _____, (George), Down park/ McKissock, Elizabeth, (Buck's Head), Dalrymple st/ Mantell, David George, Old st/ Patterson, John, the Green/ Powell, Thomas, Dalrymple st/ Sands, David, Dalrymple st/ Tinsley, Thomas, Down park


McIlwraith, Andrew, Montgomery st/ White, William, Hamilton st


Agricultural, Wm. McMorran's, Bank st - William Johnston, librarian and secretary/ Ferrier, William, Dalrymple st/ McQuaker, Joseph, Dalrymple st/ Subscription, High st - Robert Niven, librarian


Davidson, Alexander, Dalrymple st/ Davidson, Thomas, (and clothier), High st/ Drynan, James, Dalrymple st/ Haldane, Thomas, (& silk mercer), Dalrymple st/ McClymont, Alexander, (and silk mercer), High st/ McQuaker, John, Dalrymple st/ Morton, William, Old st


Austin, James, Bridge mill/ Trawburn, William, Shallock


Hannah, David, Bridge st/ Hannah, Robert, Montgomery st


Allen, Alexander, Dalrymple st/ Mantell, David George, Old st


Campbell, Anthony, Hamilton st/ Kennedy, John, Bridge st


Cathcart, James, Dalrymple st/ Ferguson, David (and agent), Hamilton st/ McKechine, Robert, Dalrymple st


Brackenridge, Elizbth, Dalrymple st/ Brown, Gilbert, Dalrymple st/ Chalmers, Joseph, Montgomery st/ Davidson, James, Dalrymple st/ Davidson, John, Dalrymple st/ Davidson, Thomas, Dalrymple st/ Eaglesham, James, Dalrymple st/ Frazer, Hugh, Dalrymple st/ Girvan, Margaret, Montgomery st/ Guthrie, John, Montgomery st/ Hannah, David, Hamilton st/ Heron, Alexander, Down park/ Houston, Ann, Hamilton st/ Lore, Thomas, Hamilton st/ Luck, John, Dalrymple st/ McCrozie, John, Dalrymple st/ McCulloch, George, Down park/ McIlwraith, Helen, Hamilton st/ McMicking, Marian, Knockushion st/ McNeill, Roderick, Montgomery st/ McTaggart, James, Old st/ Mantell, David George, Old st/ Matland, John, Montgomery st/ Neill, Thomas, Dalrymple st/ Powell, John, Dalrymple st/ Ralston, John, Montgomery st/ Scobie, Mary, Montgomery st/ Scott, Thomas, Montgomery st/ Steven, Andrew, Montgomery st


Henderson, James, Montgomery st/ McKnight, Daniel, Knockushion st

SPIRIT DEALERS (See also Grocers)

Dunn, John, Bridge st/ Ferguson, David, Hamilton st/ McCracken, John, Dalrymple st/ Powell, William, Dalrymple st


Ferguson & Wright, Plumb st/ Knox, John, Dalrymple st/ Murrow, Robt. and Archbld., Plumb st


Eglesham, Mary, High st/ McIlwraith, Mary, High st


Ballantine, Robert, High st/ Crawford, James, MD. Redman lodge/ Robinson, Andrew, Dalrymple st/ Robinson, David, Bogrie hall/ Thomson, Samuel, MD. Dalrymple st/ Walker, John, Old st


Annan, Alexander, Vicarton st/ Ballantine, William, Montgomery st/ Brown, William, Hamilton st/ Crossan, James, Dalrymple st/ Cunningham, James, Montgomery st/ Davidson, Samuel, Dalrymple st/ Davidson, Thomas, High st/ Gammel, Thomas, High st/ Hannah, John, Bridge st/ Hannah, Robert, High st/ Law, Andrew, Bank st/ McClymont, John, Old st


Law, David, Bridge st/ McIlwraith, John, Bridge st


Ferguson, David, Hamilton st/ McKechine, Robert (and lead), Dalrymple st


Davidson, James, High st/ Graham, James, High st

WRIGHTS (See also Cart & Wheelwrights)

Davidson, Thomas, Newton Kennedy/ Ferguson, James (and cabinet maker), Plumb st/ McConnell, Alexander, Knockushion st/ McKenna, James, Dalrymple st/ Nelson, James, Bank st/ Ross, David, High st


Brown, Kennedy, N.P. High st/ Craig, David Randall, (& messenger at arms), Bank st/ Gardner, John, Montgomery st/ Johnston, William, N.P. (magistrate for Ayrshire), Bank st


Bell, William, gauger, Excise office/ Craig, David Randall, auctioneer, Bank st/ Crawford, William, druggist &c, Bank st/ Elder, James, principal coast officer, the Green/ Gray, Andrew, gardener, Bank st/ Johnston, William, factor to Sir J A Cathcart, Bank st/ Lawson, John, rope maker, Dalrymple st/ McAdam, Saml., hair dresser, Montgomery st/ McMorran, Wm., bookbinder &c, Bank st/ Murdock, Wm., coppersmith, Montgomery st/ Powell, James, grain dealer, Dalrymple st/ Randall, David, town clerk, Graig town/ Shaw, Thomas, tallow chandler, Bridge st/ Stamp Office, High st - Brown Kennedy, distributor/ White, James, town treasurer, Hamilton st


Church of Scotland, Hamilton st - Rev. Peter McMaster

United Secession Meeting House, Bridge street - Rev. Alexander Duncan

Catholic Chapel, Montgomery st - Rev. William Thomson, of Ayr

Methodist Meeting House, the Green - (No regular minister)


To Ayr, the "Robert Burns", from the King's Arms, every Tuesday and Friday morning at six; goes through Kirkoswald on Tuesdays and Dailly on Friday

To Glasgow, the "Royal Mail", (from Portpatrick), passes through every evening at half-past seven

To Portpatrick, the "Royal Mail", (from Glasgow), passes through every night at half-past eleven


To Ayr and Maybole, Wm. Dryden, from Montgomery st every Tuesday

To Ballantrae, John McWhirter, from the Star, every Monday

To Glasgow, Robert Hannah, from Dalrymple st, every Tuesday

To Stranraer, John Steven, from Vicarton-row, every Wednesday



To Glasgow, the "Nimrod" (from Stranraer), calls every Monday, and the "Loch Ryan" every Tuesday

To Stranraer, The "Loch Ryan" (from Glasgow), calls every Friday, and the "Nimrod" every Saturday

Coastal Vessels

To Glasgow, the "Earl Gray" (Robert McKechine, agent), and the "Irvine" (David Ferguson, agent) once a fortnight

To Liverpool, the "Jenny and Nancy" (Robert Ballantine, agent), and the "Swift" (Robert McKechine, agent) occasionally.








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