Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
5 DECEMBER 1873

STRIKE OF MINERS AT STEVENSTON

The miners have struck work in consequence of an alleged grievance as to weighing the coals at the bank.
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GLASGOW HERALD
5 DECEMBER 1873

STEVENSTON FREE CHURCH

The annual soiree and meeting of members and those connected with the Free Church was held on Wednesday evening – the Rev. J. Treadwell, minister of the congregation, presiding.

Addresses were delivered by the chairman, by the Rev. Mr Macaulay of Irvine, and the Rev. Mr Stewart, Glasgow.

An interesting feature of the proceedings was the presentation of a handsome gold watch to Mr Matthew Cunningham, who has been treasurer of the congregation for the last twenty years.
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
5 DECEMBER 1876

BIRTH

At Broom House, Stevenston, on the 1st instant, Mrs Stevenson; a son.
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GLASGOW HERALD
7 DECEMBER 1876

STEVENSTON SCHOOL BOARD

The board met in Kyleshill School, Saltcoats, on Monday evening – Mr Lockhart in the chair.

It was remitted to Mr Lithgow and the clerk to arrange for the opening of an evening class in the new public school immediately after the New Year.

Mr George Thomson, student of the Church of Scotland Training College, Edinburgh, was appointed second assistant in the new public school, Stevenston, salary to be at the rate of £80 per annum.

The meeting agreed to allow a sum of £5 to be distributed among the scholars at the new public school who were the most regular attenders up till the examination by the inspector – it being remarked that a very small addition to the average attendance will recoup the board for the outlay.
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GLASGOW HERALD
8 DECEMBER 1876

BODY FOUND

Yesterday there was found on Stevenston beach, about half a mile to the east of the boat-house of the British Dynamite Company, the body of a man, who had been apparently about 5 feet 8 inches in height and about 50 years of age, with dark grey hair and bushy beard. The lower part of the face was much disfigured.

The clothing is of dark grey tweed, much mended. In the pockets were found a watch with a silver chain, pipe, and tobacco. The watch was standing at 10.50.

The body, which appears to have been some time in the water, and is believed to have been washed ashore by the tide, was removed by the police to the parochial lodging-house, where it awaits identification.
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GLASGOW HERALD
8 DECEMBER 1880

STEVENSTON SCHOOL BOARD

The monthly meeting of this Board was held on Monday evening – the Rev. John Grahame presiding.

The clerk submitted the report of the attendance at the various schools from which it appeared that 40 were unable to attend through sickness.

Eight parents appeared before the Board in connection with the non-attendance of their children, most of whom were severely reprimanded and threatened with prosecution.

The Board agreed that the New Year holidays extend from 31 December toll 10 January.

A proposal to appoint a ladies committee to superintend the sewing and knitting department in the schools was favourably received, and the chairman agreed to call several ladies together who would be willing to form such a committee, and allow them to make what arrangements they thought proper.

Mr Gemmell delayed consideration of his motion as to free education till next meeting of the Board.
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GLASGOW HERALD
9 DECEMBER 1879

BIRTH

ROBERTSON: At Ardeer Cottage, Stevenston, on the 7th instant, Mrs Archibald Robertson; a son.
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

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10 NOVEMBER 1873

SALTCOATS - IS A PROCURATOR ENTITLED TO SIT AS A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE?

This point was raised at a Justice of the Peace court, held at Saltcoats, on 7th inst., by Mr. McJannet, solicitor, Irvine, who appeared for CHARLES BYRON, collier, Stevenston, accused of assault and malicious mischief.

Mr. McJannet objected to the competency of Mr. Bailey, banker and procurator, Ardrossan, sitting as a justice in the case.

A long discussion followed on this objection; which ended in the Fiscal departing from the charge against Byron.
GLASGOW HERALD
8 DECEMBER 1873

SALTCOATS J.P. COURT

At Saltcoats Justice of the Peace Court on Friday, before Messrs William Mutter, John Barr, John G. Halkett, William Aitken, Patrick Warner, William Lockhart, and James L. Bailey, the following case was heard - CHARLES BYRON, miner, Stevenston, was charged with Wilful and Malicious Mischief and Assault, committed on 17 September last.

On the case being called Mr. Bailey retired from the bench.

Mr. W. D. McJannet, solicitor, Irvine, who appeared for the accused, said this was the sequel of the case in which, last court day, the question had arisen whether a prosecutor was entitled to sit as a Justice of the Peace. When the case was last before the court, after the witnesses for the prosecution and defence had been examined, and the court addressed both by Mr. Kirkhope, the prosecutor, and himself, the question as to Mr. Bailey's eligibility to act as a Justice of the Peace had been raised, and as the court had been placed in some difficulty the Fiscal had ultimately withdrawn the complaint.

It was then understood that by this withdrawal the case was at an end, and he was sure it must be a matter of surprise to them all that it should be again brought forward. At last trial each witness, had been allowed to remain in court during the remainder of the case, and had thus heard the evidence given by the other witnesses, so that if the case was allowed to be reheard great injustice would be done the panel. He, however, argued that they were barred from proceeding with the present complaint by the fact that Byron had already "tholed his assize" for the offence with which he was now charged.

The Fiscal, Mr. Kirkhope, in reply said that under a recent statue the court was entitled, in their discretion, to permit the examination of witnesses who had been present in Court during any part of the proceedings. He then read the 3rd section of the Act 3 and 4 Vict. Cap. 59, in support of his contention. In the former trial he had merely withdrawn the charge against the panel. He was therefore quite entitled to prosecute for the same offence on a new libel. In the former trial no decision had been given; he had withdrawn the complaint before any judgment either of guilty or of absolvitor had been pronounced. No pleas of Res Judicata could be maintained in bar of a second trial, unless a formal judgment had been pronounced in the first trial.

Mr. McJannet - "Mr. Kirkhope is evidently confounding the plea of Res Judicata with that of "tholed his assize," which we plead here. The two pleas are quite distinct and different."

Mr. Kirkhope - "The two pleas are identical."

The Court by a majority of 4 to 2, sustained the plea of the panel having already "tholed his assize" and dismissed the case.
GLASGOW HERALD
11 DECEMBER 1873

Sir,

SALTCOATS J.P. COURT

My attention has been called to a paragraph in your paper on Monday, 8th instant, headed “SALTCOATS J.P. COURT.”

As the report is very garbled, and conceals the fact that I only withdrew from a case which was under discussion at a previous Court, and not, as is inferentially stated from the Bench altogether, I hope you will allow me an explanation.

There were several cases of assault, etc., besides small debt cases, which were decided by the full bench of Justices, so that the words “following cases,” in Monday’s report should read, “the following among several other cases,” and Mr Bailey “retired from the bench” when “the case of Charles Byrons was called.” He did so, because having agreed, rather than place his brethren (the Justices) in any difficulty on the previous Court day to the case being withdrawn, and personally not considering the charge made to be proved, he had no wish to act again on that particular case.

The absurd objection taken last month by Mr W. Daniel McJannet, Irvine, was not brought up again or mooted, the fact being that I am no procurator, and do not practise as an agent before any court, the disqualification affecting only solicitors or procurators in any inferior court in Scotland, or the partner of such a person. I have no right whatever to act in any inferior Court, and am in a similar position to numbers of gentlemen in the Commission of Peace, who, as W.S.’s and S.S.C.’s , etc., are only members of and agents in the Supreme Courts.

I am etc.,
JAS. LAMBERT BAILEY,
J.P. FOR AYRSHIRE.
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
11 DECEMBER 1876

STEVENSTON - BODY IDENTIFICATION

The body found here on the shore on Thursday was identified on Friday, by the relatives from Ayr, as the body of Mr Rowcastle, contractor, who went amissing on the 15th of November, and is supposed to have fallen into Ayr Harbour.
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GLASGOW HERALD
16 DECEMBER 1876

STEVENSTON ESTABLISHED CHURCH

A meeting of the members and qualified adherents of this congregation was held on Thursday evening in the church to take steps for the appointment of a minister in room of the Rev. James Cruickshank, resigned.

There was a good attendance, and the Rev. W. Lee Kerr, Kilwinning, moderator of the session, presided.

A committee of 15 was appointed to select a leet of candidates.
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Re: Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
17 DECEMBER 1862

THEFT

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday, before Sheriff Anderson, MARGARET LYNCH and ELIZABETH GIBB, two girls belonging to Stevenston, about twelve years of age, pleaded guilty to stealing, on 27th November last, from a house in Stevenston, a frock, petticoat, jacket, tray, and two German silver teaspoons, belonging to Francis Love.

They were each sentenced to be confined in Kilmarnock Prison for 19 days, and thereafter sent for five years to the Reformatory School.
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GLASGOW HERALD
21 DECEMBER 1876

STEVENSTON SCHOOL BOARD

A meeting of this board was held in the Public School on Monday evening – Mr William Lockhart in the chair.

A large number of parents, summoned for the non-attendance or irregularity of their children at school, were admonished, and undertook to see their regular attendance in future.

It was agreed that the evening class in the new public school should be opened in on the 8th of January.

The New Year holidays in the board schools were fixed to extend from 1st to 6th January.

A deputation of ratepayers appeared to request that the board would admit reporters to their meetings. No decision was given in the matter.
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