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Alexander/Alexandra Place, Ardrossan?

Post by Penny Tray » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:40 pm

I came across an intimation of death today in the 29 July 1886 edition of the Glasgow Herald which referred to a John McNeil resident at Alexander Place, Ardrossan. The same address was repeated in the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald the following day.

There is also the birth of a female, daughter of William McIntyre, intimated in the 7th October 1882 edition of the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald, and once again the address is given as Alexander Place, Ardrossan.

This begs two questions - (1) Where was Alexander Place, Ardrossan?; and (2) Who was Alexander likely to have been to have a street named after him?

Just to complicate matters, the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald also records a birth in 1889 at Alexandra Place, Ardrossan, which may not be a transcription error.
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Re: Alexander/Alexandra Place, Ardrossan?

Post by George Ardrossan » Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:17 pm

You asked two questions, Penny Tray.

The first was where was Alexander Place in Ardrossan. My answer is that I don't know. I've never heard of it.

Question two asked who Alexander might be. This could have been Alexander MacFadzean whose Monument stands on the Castle Hill and who died in 1849. Alexander might instead have been a surname but this is just guesswork.

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Re: Alexander/Alexandra Place, Ardrossan?

Post by Penny Tray » Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:42 pm

George, this is guess work too. Googling the name ALEXANDER with local interests, I see that at least four of the Earls of Eglinton had it as a Christian name. After that I thought who, considering the power of the Earls in the 1800s, would be bold enough to demolish such a 'Place' or rename it, unless, of course, they adopted the family surname - MONTGOMERIE - instead. I'm wondering therefore if the first few building in what is now Montgomerie Street were Alexander Place until the area expanded sufficiently to merit it becoming a street.
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Re: Alexander/Alexandra Place, Ardrossan?

Post by meekan » Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:35 am

I believe Alexander MacFadzean lived in Bath Villa and wonder if Alexander’s place became Bath Square.

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Re: Alexander/Alexandra Place, Ardrossan?

Post by exile » Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:06 am

Never knew who Alexander was either, but he was evidently well-thought of, as there's an Alexander Avenue in Stevenston.

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Re: Alexander/Alexandra Place, Ardrossan?

Post by sweet caroline » Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:07 am

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Re: Alexander/Alexandra Place, Ardrossan?

Post by hahaya2004 » Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:38 pm

Penny Tray wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:42 pm
I'm wondering therefore if the first few building in what is now Montgomerie Street were Alexander Place until the area expanded sufficiently to merit it becoming a street.
Alas, PT, the names Montgomerie Street and Montgomerie Lane already existed in the 1850s.
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Re: Alexander/Alexandra Place, Ardrossan?

Post by michaelm » Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:19 pm

Don't know if this will be of any help, but the only 'Alexander Place' I'm familiar with in the Three Town's is in Stevenston. It sit's at the Cross, just opposite to the health centre and at the junction of SchoolWell Street and Townhead Street.
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Re: Alexander/Alexandra Place, Ardrossan?

Post by Penny Tray » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:45 am

hahaya2004 wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:38 pm


Alas, PT, the names Montgomerie Street and Montgomerie Lane already existed in the 1850s.
Thanks Hahaya. Back to the drawing board :lol: .
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