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GLASGOW HERALD
20 JANUARY 1872

PLOUGHING MATCHES

The annual competitions of the Ardrossan Farmers’ Society and the Dalry Farmers’ Society took place on Thursday, on the farm of Ryesholm, Dalry, occupied by Mr Matthew Craig.

Thirty-one ploughs started, and in due time got through their work.

The following was among the prize-winners: -

W. Brown, Busby, Ardrossan.
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GLASGOW HERALD
20 JANUARY 1874

SUNDAY’S STORM

Ardrossan:

Those who ventured out to church in the afternoon had great difficulty in reaching home, and several people were carried completely off their feet and thrown on the ground. None, so far as we have heard, have sustained injuries. Articles of dress were blown in all directions – a lady’s veil disappearing over the roof of the U.P. Church in Glasgow Street.

Fortunately the shipping in the harbour, with one trifling exception, remained firmly moored, and the steamer which drifted – the QUEEN – was secured before any damage was done.
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GLASGOW HERALD
20 JANUARY 1879

TRADE REPORT

The following are the shipments of pig iron from Ardrossan Harbour for the week ending January 18: -

Coastwise, 2885 tons; Foreign, 330 tons; Total, 3215 tons.
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GLASGOW HERALD
21 JANUARY 1865

SHIPPING CASUALTY

Douglas, Isle of Man, January 17 – The WOODBINE, Leonard, from Ardrossan for Fleetwood, put in here today, with foreyard carried away.
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GLASGOW HERALD
21 JANUARY 1871

ARDROSSAN COURSING CLUB

The thaw, which appeared so decided last night was scarcely felt this morning at Fenwick, indeed the ground was, if anything, more unfit for running than yesterday, but still it was determined to make a start, and by half-past ten the first trace of dogs were in the slips.

Hares were more plentiful than yesterday, but again the want of beaters and careless management of the few that were there, prevented more progress being made, so that the result of the second day yielded only fifteen other courses – making it in two days thirty decided runs – about three hours work in an ordinary country.

If something is not done to manage this meeting better than it has been lately, it must take even a lower place than it at present holds among Scottish fixtures.

The day was dry overhead, and notwithstanding that it was the market-day at Kilmarnock, there was a large attendance of spectators.

The running is to be resumed tomorrow at Sharphill, about a mile from Saltcoats.
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GLASGOW HERALD
21 JANUARY 1876

ARDROSSAN GRAIN MARKET

The market was well attended on Thursday, and a brisk business done.
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GLASGOW HERALD
21 JANUARY 1878

TRADE REPORT

The following are the shipments of pig iron from Ardrossan Harbour for the week: -

Coastwise, 168 tons.
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21 JANUARY 1879

SHIPPING CASUALTY

The MEDINA, of Ardrossan, Captain Roberts, from Swansea, struck on Dundalk bar on the 19th instant, when coming in, but got to the quay next tide.
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22 JANUARY 1844

SHIPPING CASUALTY

Donaghadee, January 13 – The JOHN & ROBERT, from Ardrossan to Liverpool, struck on the Foreland Point, 10th instant, but was assisted off, and proceeded.
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GLASGOW HERALD
22 JANUARY 1849

THE LATE DR. MACFADZEAN OF ARDROSSAN

The funeral of the late Dr. MacFadzean took place at Ardrossan on Thursday (11 January).

Out of respect to his memory all the shopkeepers in the town closed their places of business.

His relatives purposed making the funeral strictly private; but learning that the public was desirous of attending it they acquiesced, when upwards of 500 individuals joined the solemn procession. Of these about 200 Barr & Shearer workmen participated in respect to the remains of the deceased. The Earl of Eglinton, the principal gentry of the town and district, and the Magistrates of the Town Council of the burgh, were present.

The remains of Dr. MacFadzean were conveyed, per special railway train, for interment to Glasgow.

On Sabbath, the Rev. Mr Bryce, of Ardrossan, in the course of an eloquent discourse, paid a tribute of respect to the memory of the deceased gentleman.
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Over recent years, I have learned more about Dr MacFadzean.

I found the record of his burial in Glasgow’s Mitchell Library. It shows that on 11 January 1849, Alexander MacFadzean, a surgeon from Ardrossan aged 64 years and who died from erysipelas, was buried in James Oswald’s lair by the undertakers, Lochhead, in was the nave of Glasgow Cathedral. There were six carriages, four horses and ten ushers. The funeral cost £2 2s.

Alexander’s wife, Margaret Oswald died on 25 May 1857 aged 71 years at Bath Villa, Ardrossan. Her record shows that on 29 May 1857, Margaret, relict of Alexander MacFadzean, was buried by the undertakers, Wylie and Lochhead, in George Oswald’s lair, 6 Nave Cathedral. There were four carriages, four horses and eight ushers. The funeral cost £2 12s.

The Oswalds were a rich and well-known family in Glasgow. In the city’s George Square, there is a statue to her brother James who was a Member of Parliament as was her father. The website GlasgowPunter.blogspot.com notes that the Oswalds are ‘the only merchant family given the honour of a burial spot within Glasgow Cathedral’.

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George, thanks for the mention of the (GlasgowPunter.blogspot.com) in your above post. I had never heard of it before and spent a hour or two reading about "Doon the Watter" etc.
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