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2000 > Present day

2000 > Present day

2000 Gala Day

2004 Flower Show Prizewinners

2001 Gala Dalmatians


In October the River Stinchar floods once more closing the A77 for several hours.

Jean B Dunlop (School Head Mistress) awarded M.B.E.


Geordie Fergusson (son of Lord Ballantrae) was appointed UK High Commissioner to New Zealand where he served until 2010.


Rosemary Stevenson awarded M.B.E. for services to the Community.


After torrential rain the main road was blocked once again when the river burst its banks.


John Scott MSP mentioned Ardstinchar Castle and Ballantrae in an address to the Scottish Parliament about the Ayrshire Coastal Path.


Hon. Hew North Dalrymple reaches his 100th Birthday.


Hon Hew North Dalrymple passes away.


1990 Drama Group


Mrs Frances Logan reached her 104th. Birthday


Grey stones of Garleffin torn up and dumped in burn by local farmer

1995 Hon Hew Dalrymple delivers VE Day message


Nursery class opened for under 5’s education at the Primary School.


John Doak Farm Manager Balig awarded MBE



Lord Ballantrae dies


Henry Ewing Torbet aka Snib of Bennane Cave (aged 71) dies. Village erects  Memorial opposite his cave home entrance.


In September a lorry laden with 600 bales of straw caught fire in the middle of Ballantrae causing damage to two houses.

1983 Lobster fisherman


Ballantrae schoolhouse burnt down


In September the River Stinchar burst its banks blocking the main Stranraer – Glasgow road


Ballantrae resident Mrs Frances Logan Celebrated her 100th. Birthday

1986 Flower Show winners


Emily Mitchell retires after 10 years as School Dinner Lady. For 42 years she drove the School taxi

1989 Ardstinchar players



A proposed Conference and Leisure Complex at Balig was shelved after a public inquiry despite  a village poll showing support for it


Bernard Fergusson was created Lord Ballantrae of Auchairne in the County of Ayrshire and the Bay of Islands in New Zealand

1974 Church congregation outing


Margaret (Peggy) Kirk (Former Councillor) was awarded M.B.E in Honours List

1976 Roadmen

1976 Cubs and Scouts

1976 WVS Long Service Medals


Lady Ballantrae (Laura Grenfell) tragically dies when car she is travelling in crashes into a fallen tree near to her home.



The Monte Carlo Rally passes through Ballantrae and 10 drivers are stopped and

charged with speeding . The Rally never passed through the village again


Bernard Fergusson of Auchairne was appointed Governor General of New Zealand where he served until 1978


Ballantrae cut off by snow . Supplies and mail were delivered by fishing boat  Annabelle

1963 Snow


Ballantrae New bridge built

1966 "May" runs aground



River Stinchar burst banks again, motorists stuck in the water and pulled out by heavy Lorries. The late Girvan – Ballantrae bus was forced off the road by 4 feet of water and plunged over a banking. The 5 occupants trapped in the bus broke the windows and climbed on to the roof where they remained for over an hour before a farmer rescued them with a rope . One passenger lost her grip and fell into the water and the farmer had to dive in and save her .


Auchairne Estate sold by Earl of Inchcape by Public Roup in Kings Arms Hotel. Auchairne 16th Century House and grounds sold for £5,500 to Mr Hannah, solicitor, Ayr The 5 farms were sold privately to the tenants.


Ballantrae New Cemetery opened


In September Ballantrae resident Gib Templeton Jnr won best in show at Old Kirkpatrick with his Welsh corgi and best in section at Scottish Kennel Club show in Edinburgh


Pipe Band at Coronation.


War memorial repaired 13 Sept 1957 lost 14 ft off cross in storm

Local farmer Graeme McCulloch pumps water from the Stinchar to irrigate the early potato crop due to drought

1957 Fishing family

1957-60 Ballantrae Thistle


1940 Snow Man North Lodge Glenapp


Late January, villages around Girvan were reported to be running short of food and fuel. Mail and bread have not got through for several days.

Girvan and surrounding villages telephone exchange automated.


Ballantrae Golf Course closes due to war.

Hon James Lyle Mackay (17)  youngest brother of Earl of Inchcape fell from a cliff at Glenapp while out shooting and was sadly killed.


As part of the ‘Wings for Victory Week’ Ballantrae raised £3,797 in only 4 days towards their target of  £8000.


Winston Churchill stayed at Glenapp Castle while assisting Dwight Eisenhower.


Telephone installed in Church Manse.

Unfortunate death occurs at Glenapp during snow storm when Mrs Marshall of Big Park passes away while walking home from Cairnryan.

Free Church Pulpit which was stored in Manse garage rots away and is disposed of.


Laggan House used as private boarding school with 20 pupils.

Alexander Steel (53) of Foreland was killed during boring operations on the Stinchar  Banks in preparation for a new bridge when he was struck on the forehead by a piece of  boring machinery. (bridge finally built in 1964)


1947 Wearing Grannies Clothes

1947 Wearing Grannies ClothesIn June the first nine holes of the new golf course (up the hill) were completed and were opened at the end of the month. The old clubhouse was refurbished and moved.

In October it was announced that the Golf Club founders Appeal raised £1,011 work on the second nine holes was held up by bad weather.

Snow storm blocks A77 at Glenapp buses from the North held at Ballantrae and from the South at Cairnryan.


Ballantrae Volunteer Fire Service comprised of 6 volunteers.

1949 John Mitchell haulage


1930 Aerial View



15 feet snowdrifts block the road at Glenapp.

Last of Bargany Kennedy descendents leaves Finnarts, estate having been purchased by  Lord Inchcape from Mr C F Kennedy

Toilet installed in Ballantrae Church Vestry

After church amalgamation Free Church Manse sold for £625 to Inspector of the Poor

Coal boat XL from IOM  sailing to Kilkeel from Ayr sinks 2 miles North of Ballantrae Crew got into a small boat and managed to row to Ballantrae Coastguard Station. Needs supplied by local agent for Shipwreck Mariner’s Society.


1931 public hall


A Girvan poacher was fined £5 or 30 days for stealing 3 salmon and 14 sea trout from the Stinchar at Ballantrae

1932 Richard on the beach

1932 Richard on the shore

1932 School children



A Glasgow traveller heading towards Ballantrae stopped his car to watch 2 weasels and 2 adders in fierce combat. He tried to separate the fighters by throwing stones and the weasels left the adders and attacked him. 1 weasel entered the car and settled on the back seat. The weasel was then dispatched by a spanner from the drivers tool chest.

Free Kirk sold to building firm from Cumnock for £65

Balkissock House built by James Miller for Hughes- Onslow.

In June the Earl of Stair intimated he was prepared to give a 5 year lease of a field adjacent to the village free of charge as a Recreation Ground. The Council agreed to equip the field for £60.


James Smith sentenced to 2 years in jail for stabbing Robert Drysdale, lodging house superintendant.

River Stinchar flooded the road for a distance of 100 yards but eventually the afternoon Glasgow to Stranraer bus managed to get through although the passengers had to stand on the seats as the bus partially filled with water.


In May new letter box was installed at Auchencrosh Lodge (2 collections daily).

Severe drought causes wells to dry up. Cattle brought down to River Stinchar and water carried up to the hill animals.

A fatal cycling accident occurred when Mr Walter Paul gamekeeper at Balnowlart lost control of his bicycle and collided with the North Lodge Gate.

Free Kirk knocked down - last Minister was Rev. Robert Steen

Remains of Richard burned on the shore at Redburn.

Glasgow’s necessitous children as well as blind pupils to stay at Ballantrae school for summer break.


1936 Fishermen with lobster pots

Girvan Education Authority recommend that electricity be installed in Ballantrae &  Colmonell schools.

200 full grown salmon were seen lying in the deep pool below the bridge.

5 boats have commenced fishing for clams at Ballantrae

Fishermen sold the engine which had been bought in 1906 to haul the boats out the water and the proceeds £30  were given to charity (£20 went to Ayr County Hospital) .


Basking shark caught in net in Lendal Bay by Ballantrae fishermen Robert & Tom McQuiston (salmon fishers)

Penwhapple water scheme connected supplying the Stinchar valley.

Mr Alexander Wason retires as headmaster of Ballantrae Public school after 10 years.

Mr John McGarvie of Barrhill Public School appointed Ballantrae Headmaster

Nov 24 houses (6 blocks of 2 double storey ) built on Foreland green were handed over to tenants .

Ayr County Council agree to buy the Toll House with a view to demolish it to make way for a new bridge.

A labourer from Stirlingshire was taken to court for poaching at Ballantrae Bridge and was fined £5 plus £2   2/- (expenses) with the option of 20 days imprisonment. His fish and nets were confiscated.

A flint implement discovered in his garden by Mr John McNally was identified as a Neolithic arrow head by National Museum in Edinburgh


108 Ballantrae rate payers sign petition against Colmonell refuse being dumped at Ballantrae Coup


Ballantrae village now has 7 ARP wardens and 5 Special Constables trained on how to deal with gas in Air Raids . Colmonell village has commenced training of 12 ARP wardens and 9 Special Constables.

Post Office announce that a Public Telephone box will be erected as soon as possible

Electricity installed in Church Manse

Public inquiry was held into the proposed new bridge and road alterations. First part of the scheme to be the section from Ballantrae to Lagganholm including a proposed new bridge which was to cost £35,000.



The following were added in October to the list of Justices :- John McCulloch Laggan, John Stevenson, Balig and Robert McWhirter schoolmaster .


1920s Elsie McKay


1920 Roadmen


A motor charabanc returning from Portpatrick was overtaken at Glenapp by a private touring motor which accidently struck the front wheel of the charabanc knocking the steering wheel out of the drivers hands . The vehicle swerved and overturned when the
wheels sunk in the soft soil. The 4 lady occupants were flung against the hedge and trapped for a time.

Farmer William Kennedy of Low Kilphin was returning home from Colmonell Show with George Shankland of Bennane in a horse & trap when they collided at Corby Stairs with a motor charabanc. The trap overturned and Mr Kennedy’s head hit a wall. He was treated at Ballantrae but died the following morning.

Fire in a bedroom at Bellvue Cottage Ballantrae resulted in £60 worth of damage to furniture. The occupant was a Miss Thomson.


David Bryce Architect added to Glenapp Castle building

1922 People at unveiling of War memorial

1922 Ballochdowan School Mr Conley headmaster


Unveiling took place of the Ballantrae War Memorial by Mrs Hughes Onslow CBE of Laggan and the dedication service was performed by the Rev JH Baxter Ballantrae Minister, Rev Robert Steen UF Minister and the Rev Ewen MacGregor of Glenapp.

Giuseppe Coli from Girvan while out shooting was crossing a fence near Ballantrae when he accidently shot himself in the leg, sadly he bled to death the following day in Ayr County Hospital.

Street type lamp erected at front of Church, removed in 1948 as not repairable

Andrew McGarva Woodland Farm Girvan was driving a horse and cart with 4 occupants near Lendalfoot when the horse shied and ran up the bank throwing the occupants out. A child in the cart was flung on to the horses back but the animal lay down and the child escaped uninjured.1924

Mr R L Richmond of Newcastle swam 100 yards out to sea and rescued a lady visitor who was in danger of drowning.


Death reported of James Milroy farmer at Dupin (last of family tenanting the farm for over 95 years) He remembered the days of the double coach service between Dumfries & Ayr and a little building beside the farm garden called ‘Strappers Hoose’ where the horses were changed & watered.


1925 "The Bean" on the road near Kennedy's pass



Extension built to Ballantrae Schoolhouse.

Sailing Ship Richard a Danish 4 mast schooner wrecked October 1926. It was built in the USA and was returning to Denmark empty having dropped a cargo of timber in Newry, Northern Ireland. It was only 4 years old.

When returning to Stranraer Dr Anderson and 2 lady friends travelling in a Daimler, skidded down an incline near Finnart’s road end . They had just got out of the car when it burst into flames and was reduced to scrap.


New hall built in Ballantrae and Glenapp church restored

Women’s Guild Garden fete held at Laggan raises over £100

Ayr UF Presbytery proposed joining the congregations of Colmonell and Ballantrae U F Churches, which proved futile as Colmonell wished their own minister.


Electricity installed in Parish Church



Advert for female teacher for Auchenflower school average attendance (13) salary £70 per annum with free house and garden.

Lace making industry established by Mrs Stock of Glenapp Castle and is an offshoot of the Irish Home Industry the Barnslue which was founded in 1847 by Mrs Stock’s grandmother Lady Harriette Kavanagh.


A serious fire occurred at Downan Farm (tenant Wm Todd) originating in the byre which contained at the time 55 Ayrshire cattle. 31 cows perished and 4 more were put down.

The death was reported of the Rev Fergus John Williamson minister of Ballantrae since 1867.

1913 Main St lady with a bike


In January the death was announced of Mr Robert Temple (96) who was headmaster at Ballantrae Public school for 45 years.

A man who purchased an old motor fishing boat in Girvan set sail alone for Peel in the IOM and when off Ballantrae the boat sprang a leak as he was unable to cope he set fire to some of the vessels gear and attracted the attention of 2 fishing boats. The crews managed to reach him and got the leaking boat beached at Ballantrae.

New paraffin lamps installed in Parish Church

3 young ladies went for a 6am swim at the river mouth when they got into difficulties sadly 2 drowned in spite of rescue attempts by the local coastguard, policeman, postman and a villager .

James Tudhope Hutchinson of Cambuslang awarded a pair of inscribed binoculars from the Carnegie Hero Fund Awards for rescuing a man from drowning at Ballantrae. He was also awarded a testimonial from the Royal Humane Society.

Advert for gardener for Glenapp Castle appears with wages 24/- per week with free house and coal.


At Ayr Sherriff court John McGregor overseer Auchencrosh is fined £5 for failing to obscure an indoor light in his house. The accused did not receive the police very courteously on being told that the light was visible from various hills and over a long stretch of moor.

At Ayr Sherriff Court James Gallacher of Pinwherry was fined £10 or 30 days for using 2 powerful lights on his car between Ballantrae & Girvan and also failing to stop when challenged by 2 patrols of the Royal Scots. It was stated that the only reason the patrols did not fire their rifles was the fact that 2 girls were in the line of fire.

Samuel McKee 9 year old son of Hugh McKee of Garleffin falls into a pool in the burn at Colling Mill and is drowned.


1916 Parkend

Inchcape buys Glenapp castle

Ballantrae Parish Council are requiring a Medical Practitioner, male or female to fill in while present Medical Officer is ill. Pay £3 per week.


1916 Cart outside house Leffin Donald



Ballantrae lifeboat finally disbanded

Doctor W W Fullarton former medical officer for 34 years in Ballantrae dies. His successor is a Doctor Baird.

Local work party of Parish Church raises £93 15/5d at sale of work in Public Hall.

Lord Inchcape buys Glenapp estate for £90,000 in November from Mrs J H Stock.


1918 charabanc


Old Smyrton cottages Glenapp built.

The thatched cottages at the bridge were demolished.

In October at a meeting in the Kings Arms a committee of Ladies was formed to develop the Lace Industry with the Countess of Stair and the Countess of Cassillis as patronesses. The Ballantrae lace is a copy of the old Point de Milan. Considerable
number of people employed in the area.



An advert was placed for a certificated female teacher for Ballochdowan School salary £35 with house and garden. Average attendance of school under 25.

Auchenflower house added to by James Miller for Hughes-Onslow.

1900 Ardstinchar Castle

1900 boats

1900 coastguard

1900 lifeboat


School introduces Secondary education


Ballantrae fishermen apply to the Board of Trade for permission to alter the course of the River Stinchar 1,570 yards to the south of its present position.


Schoolmaster at Auchenflower was John Fergusson


Davaar House built with sandstone from Arran

1904 Cart in Main Street


Balnowlart House built by Architect J Jerdan & son

1905 Coach at the Royal Hotel


1906 shellknowe


At Knockdolian, lady cyclist collides with 1 of 3 gentlemen cyclists coming in opposite direction rendering both unconscious for a time. Lady taken to Ballantrae and the gentleman to Girvan for treatment


Joseph Henderson renowned artist died at Kintyre (Foreland) on 17 July. Born in 1832
he was exhibited in Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition in 1891.

Postman Robert Cunningham was lost in the snow on Kilantringan Moor 28 December

29th December Steamer Deloraine was stranded a mile North of Ballantrae . Later a salvage gang are rescued by Ballantrae lifeboat under coxswain McWhirter aided by the dim moonlight when the salvage steamer Douglas was unable to take the men off due to the surf and had to seek refuge in Loch Ryan.


Carlock house was built

An Irish harvester named Hugh Gallagher of Donegal found dead on the rocks at Bennane after falling over the cliffs.

Glasgow Steamer Deloraine which had been stranded at Ballantrae since December 1908 was refloated in February and taken in tow to the Clyde.



Glenapp estate up for sale

Discussions were taking place regarding suggestions that North British would acquire a Ballantrae rail line and would make a pier at Ballantrae and run steamers from there to Larne benefitting business men.

Statistical Account states fishing fleet & gear worth £16,975. 516 boats landed 1,322 barrels of herring.  921 fishermen and boys plus 78 fish curers, 51 coopers and 800 others were employed. Village population was 527


Ballantrae church Clock Tower added using stones from earlier Church

Village population was 527

Around this time the following owned these Mansions or summer lodges ,Finnart House (H.F. Kennedy), Glenapp House (James Hunter), Glenapp Lodge (G.Oliver), Balkissock House (Arthur Hughes - Onslow), Garphar house, Auchairne House (J.N.Donaldson)


Robert McWhirter was schoolmaster (until 1926)

Thomas Ramsay of Troon makes alterations and improvements to Golf Course

G McCaig was the President of Ballantrae Bowling Club (also 1894)


Tenders required for the supply of materials and constructing one and a quarter miles of sewers and sea outfall in the village and for the enlargement of the reservoir at Smyrton.

Golf subscription was 5/- for gentlemen and 2/6d for ladies. There were 123 gentlemen and 25 lady members.

1894 ladies on Main Street


J Leckie served as Bowling President until 1900


Ballantrae lifeboat was despatched on its carriage to Lendalfoot to go to the assistance of a small steamer which was flying distress signals in Lendal Bay. The lifeboat was launched a mile windward of the steamer which was about 1000yards from the shore. All on board the steamer were successfully rescued.


Mr McKenna and Mr C Lawson cycled 13 miles from Girvan on a tandem to deliver a message regarding a stricken vessel as the telegraph had broken down. They arrived at 3am muddy and soaked by rain.

1898 boat at harbour

1898 Main Street



Ballantrae Bowling green started

Diseased salmon found in the Stinchar


A herd of 28 cattle at Garphar broke down a fence and entered Laggan House wood where they ate some yew trees which poisoned them. With medication all bar 1 were saved.


An unusual bird is reported, in the Scotsman, being a cross between a cock pheasant and a grey hen. The bird allows one to approach it quite closely, and walks slowly with a peculiar strutting gait.


One of the 8 standing or grey stanes of Garleffin was blown up by a farmer – shown on Ordnance Survey map of 1839

Population village 426 Glenapp hamlet 1277

Regular coach twice daily (Stranraer -Girvan) afterwards a horse bus. ( Girvan – Ballantrae 2-3 hours) Possibly driven by a Mr McIntyre.

During a fearful gale the Schooner Circassian sailing from Dundalk to Troon was wrecked at Ballantrae and 1 crew member drowned

Mr Peter Murdoch, farmer Glendrishaig was awarded a bronze medal for gallantry in saving life for his rescuing passengers from the schooner Circassian which was wrecked near Glendrishaig on 21st December 1881

From the Carrick Directory . The population of the Parish was 736 males and 704 females of which 742 resided in the village.
The value of the Herring Harvest was quoted as £40,000 - £50,000 . The village boasted 3 Public Houses, a Post Office & Telegraph Office, Public Reading room & Library a Lodge of Good Templars and a Golf and Tennis Club with 60 members. A conveyance left Ballantrae for Pinwherry every morning at 6.30am and for Girvan every Monday at 9am returning from Girvan at 3pm.


Four schools outside the village - Auchenflower, Ballchdowan, Glenapp, Shennas


2 Ballantrae fisherman John Coulter & John Hannah (salmon fishers) were drowned when their boat overturned as they were preparing to go fishing at Lady Bay .

12 December 1883, AIMWELL, 30 yrs old, of Dublin, wooden schooner, 40 tons, 4 crew, Master and Owner R. Kearon, Arklow, departed Arklow for Troon, in ballast, 4 lives lost, wind NNW10, stranded, total loss, Redburn, near Ballantrae, Ayrshire.

Advert appeared in the Scotsman for Teacher certified as male assistant Salary £50 per annum for Ballantrae school


Mr James Wason pushes for the erection of a larger harbour at Ballantrae. About 400 boats engaged in the Ballantrae fishing.


Massive storm washes away part of the Ballantrae to Girvan road and in the village the tide rises over the beach and floods the houses. The harbour was greatly damaged and the foundation stones were removed in places.

1887 River Stinchar


School Board resolves to abolish fees for the infant class and the first 5 standards from 1st October. They also reduce the fees to 1/4d a month for Standard VI and EX VI This was designed to eventually establish free education.



An auction was held to sell the hull and materials of the Brig Iris which was stranded on the shore near Ballantrae. The hull was sold to Mr Boyd ship builder Ardrossan for £130 and the rest of the materials (sails, ropes, spars, etc) were sold in 262 lots realising £400

Glenapp Castle was built which included gardens spanning 30 Acres


Population Village was 515 Glenapp hamlet 1442

In the Parish of Ballantrae there were 12 Public Houses


A steam crane, brought in to work on the new mansion house being erected for Mr Hunter of Glenapp was being fired up when the boiler exploded blowing off the upper part of the man’s head. Fortunately the other workmen were far enough away to be unharmed .

An advert was placed on 28th December for the let of the Inn of Ballantrae due to the retirement of Mrs Haddow along with the inn was the let of 60 acres of arable land and 6 acres of rough land ( This inn was later the Royal Hotel )

A new Lifeboat came to Ballantrae (rowing boat)

To be let (unfurnished) the desirable residence commonly known as the ‘Castle in Glenapp, Parish of Ballantrae‘(may refer to Carlock or Glenapp)

A Blacksmith by the name of Clark was killed by his wife who struck him with a poker while defending herself from a drunken attack. The Post Mortem revealed that the blow was not sufficient to have killed him

A salmon weighing 50 lbs, approximately 4 feet in length and 32 in in circumference
was caught at Mr McCreadie’s fishings

William McConnell of Knockdolian was appointed a Road Trustee.

The Commercial Bank of Scotland announces that a sub branch will be opened in February under the charge of Mr Peter Bowie.


School board wants estimates for new schools and schoolmasters at Ballochdowan and Auchenflower (advert for male teacher for Auchenflower gives salary of £55 per annum plus school fees and government grants amounting to approximately £50. Also an allowance of £10 per annum until a schoolhouse is erected)

Glenapp still has Post Office under Ballantrae

A memorial stone for the new Free Church of Scotland was laid by Mrs Hunter of Glenapp. The church was built from a design by Mr Barclay, Architect Glasgow at a cost of about £1400 . In February Glasgow Herald reports that a dinner was served in the Free Church School for the new Minister’s Ordination.

A Post Office was recorded at Glenapp (under Girvan)

One James Carleton residing in or near premises called Garphar Cottage Ballantrae was found in possession of 17 false or counterfeit coins resembling shilling pieces and sixpence pieces. He was sentenced to 7 years penal servitude this being his 4th offence of this nature.

In July the number of communicants at Glenapp Butters was 68 (33 Male and 35 Female)

Advert in Scotsman for certificated female teacher Salary £40 PA with house and garden
in addition to school fees and government grant. Estimated at £20


An advert was placed for a certificated female teacher for the Public school Ballantrae. She must be competent to teach sewing, drawing, pianoforte and vocal music. Salary £60 per annum

Advert placed for married male teacher for Ballochdowan School (probable number of pupils 30) salary £70 per annum with free house. Instruction in needlework to be given by his wife .

In September floods render the coach road impassable with 3 bridges or culverts over streams washed away. Finnarts House was flooded and the staff forced to flee. The Stinchar at Ballantrae rose by 5 feet.

The estate of Auchenflower is put up for sale Mr McIlwraith the proprietor will show the lands.


New free church built (called Ardstinchar church)

Two Ballantrae men Hugh McQuiston and James Allison sent to prison for assaulting a man named McCreath by throwing him over the bridge to his severe injury.


Ballantrae Golf Club founded and the course extended to 9 holes - originally designed by William Fernie

John Wornham Penfold, Ballantrae Links, "The Last Hole"

1877 Site of old Kirkcudbright Inner Tig Church

A brig from Ardrossan called The Aurora sailing from Belfast to Troon in ballast totally wrecked on shore at Ballantrae. Crew landed by lifeboat

In February, 500 men were engaged in the herring industry which had to be abandoned due to bad weather

In May the Earl of Orkney passed away at Glenapp

During a 4 day shoot at Glenapp, 6 guns shot 470 brace of Grouse


93 children out of a possible 179 available places attended the 4 outlying schools


Below Burnbank near River Stinchar 8 skeletons possibly Norsemen were found but
may have been earlier.



A shepherd in Ballantrae Parish who lay down for a rest fell asleep and awoke to find an adder wrapping itself around his throat. He managed to throw it off without being bitten.

In July, The Ayrshire Express Newspaper stated that pugilism has alarming increased in the Ballantrae area

Auchenflower built by James Miller for James McIlwraith (Roads supervisor responsible for two thirds of parish roads, Galloway to Girvan Mail road and Ballantrae Harbour. Also Captain of 8th. Co Ayrshire Rifles (Stinchar Volunteers)


The mansion house of Auchairne is put up to let for 1 or more years John McEwen forester at Auchairne will show the premises.


Lime is imported from Larne at a cost of 1/- per barrel or coarser lime can be bought from Colmonell at about 9d. per barrel.


Offered for sale by Public Roup the estate of Glenapp (raised £42,800)

Around this time – the Earl of Orkney creates an artificial lake on Auchencrosh moor which flooded and caused considerable damage to Currarie Glen to the value of £700.

Village has no fewer than 6 or 7 Public Houses to a population not exceeding 600.


A reward of £400 was granted from the RNLI to the crew of the Ballantrae Lifeboat for the rescue of 4 men of the fishing boat JWR which was overtaken by a sudden gale and was in a disabled state


The ship Ithuriel became disabled in a storm off Balig, after some time she had drifted towards Ballantrae harbour and eventually went down. As none of the crew had been visible from the shore at any time it was deemed too late to launch the lifeboat. 3 hours after the ship sank large quantities of the wreck came ashore. This was recorded as the 3rd total shipwreck close to Ballantrae within the last 3 weeks.

The Greek Brig Thia Elpis struck a reef at Downan Point. A sailor jumped overboard with a rope tied around his waist and swam towards shore where he was pulled out of the water by local farm workers. The rest of the 11 crew then pulled themselves ashore on the rope and were saved. The ship later broke up and sank.

James Coutts exhibited an albino skylark found at Ballantrae to the Natural History Society in Glasgow



The body of Captain McLinty of the ship Water Nymph which was wrecked on Downan Point was washed up on the rocks (7th March boat wrecked)

7th October 1850 a smack of about 50 tons sank off the Downan shore. A lot of wreckage was washed up on the shore including a ladder branded with the name Hope of Douglas


Offered to let for one or more years the Mansion house of Auchairne along with shootings, stabling for 7 horses, byre and pig houses

Colling Mill, the Miller was Allan Davie who also had a farm

A sloop from the port of Wick laden with limestone sank off the coast of Ballantrae on 19th November 1851


In December the Commissioners for the proposed new railway were named as Alexander Cathcart of Knockdolian, James McIlwraith of Auchenflower, and Henry Hughes Onslow of Balkissock .


The smack Rose, lying in Ballantrae harbour with a cargo of potatoes was in danger due to inclement weather so the master and another man went on board to see that all was well and both fell into the water. The master managed to save himself by catching a rope and pulling himself on board but the other man John Kennedy (a Ballantrae resident) was drowned

A schooner reported to sink with all hands off Currarie Port


The Minister at Glenapp was Henry Gibson who remained in office until 1894

October 17th a large foreign vessel wrecked on shore near Ballantrae and breaks up. All 11 crew saved

It was reported that the Ballantrae Salmon fishing was the poorest for many seasons with 1 week not a single fish caught in the 6 bag nets regularly fished


A William Crawford, driver of the Portpatrick Mail Gig was fatally injured on his way from Ballantrae to Daljarrock when the horse was startled and bolted causing the gig to overturn. When the gig did not arrive on time the driver of the Newton Stewart Gig set off to search for him and found the unfortunate man. The Newton Stewart driver was the brother of William Crawford

Steamer ‘Briton’ on way from Ayr to Stranraer gets stuck on sunken rock off Ballantrae. All 30 passengers were safely brought ashore by Ballantrae boats.

An Auction was held to sell the hull, machinery and boilers of the Steamer Briton on 1st March 1855

Public meeting held with the view of promoting a railway from Girvan by Pinmore, Colmonell, and Auchencrosh to Lochryan where it was proposed to make the terminus at Finnarts Bay to link up with the Packet ships to Belfast.


A meeting agrees to support the railway from Ballantrae to Cairnryan and Stranraer as recommended by Mr Bruce, a civil engineer from Edinburgh . This proposal was supported by Sir James Fergusson Bart. MP and Provost Caird of Stranraer

It was reported by the Board of Fisheries that the expenditure on Ballantrae Harbour was £5,585

Harvest report stated that the wheat crop was inferior and only two fifths of the potato crop was sound .


1857 Map of ballantrae



At Bennane Head Mr Hugh Kerr of Colmonell and his son aged 10 were drawing the salmon net when Mr Kerr overbalanced, fell in the water and was drowned


On 20th November the vessel Jessie Paterson of Irvine sailing from Larne to Port Logan with lime was driven on the rocks at the entrance of Ballantrae harbour where she caught fire and was burned to the Water level. The crew were all saved along with a considerable quantity of rigging, spars and sails



Up to this date all houses in Ballantrae were thatched

The farm of Shallochwreck is offered for sale consisting of 400 acres of which 200 acres are fit for turnip husbandry.

1841 Plan of Knockdolian Estate


The Estate of Ballantrae (including, village & harbour and river Salmon fishing) was advertised for sale in the Scotsman of Jan 12th.

Village population 456 parish 1506


Ballantrae Free Church and manse built (superseded 1876). It was then used as village hall until1928 (known until recently as the Old Masonic hall) It was a reading room, library. Snooker room, ballroom and a 2 roomed flat for the caretaker and his wife. It was a youth club until taken over by a Masonic Lodge and recently sold and renovated as a dwelling.

1843 Free Church Token 01 Minister James Porteous

1843 Free Church Token 02 Minister James Porteous


Laggan House bought by Charles McGibbon whose son was David McGibbon architect and historian (1831-1902) He left Laggan in 1902 and much of the house was demolished with only the 1913 wing left standing.

It was reported that the Ballantrae Cod season was not as successful as in former years. 18 boats were engaged with the average daily take per boat being 1 Barrel selling at 15/- .Many of the fishermen sustained a great deal of loss to their lines caused by the trawl nets used by English fishing smacks on the cod fishing grounds


Proposed rail link to Ballantrae


A new 2 horse mail coach service between Ayr and Portpatrick calling at Ballantrae every day starts 2 April

Lord Orkney moved the last part of his collection of birds and animals to Glenapp House to join up with the rest of his collection which came from Jofrey Court near Windsor. This collection included a fine East Indian stag, a male and female emu and 3 young ones, 6 Mexican deer, 6 Berkshire pigs, (2 were gifted by his Lordship to Mr Whyte at Garphar) and 45 brace of pheasants. A number of eggs were gathered from his Lordship’s Capercailzies at Glenapp.


Harbour built £2000 by fishermen & £4000 by Board of Fisheries and built with Arran free stone.

A James White of Garphar fell off a haystack and broke his spine and he subsequently died

Schoolhouse at Glenapp built (salary in 1835 was £ 25 PA against £64 for village Schoolmaster)

The road was completely blocked by the biggest snowfall recorded for many years. The whole road from Auchairne road end to the head of Glenapp was impassable with snow in places being 8-10 feet .A hearse and funeral party were blocked not far from Auchencrosh .The funeral party finding further progress impossible left the hearse in the snow until the road was cleared. 30 men were sent by the road surveyor Mr McCall to clear the road which they managed to do in a day. One of the drivers of the Irish Mail Coach got stuck in a drift near Kilantringan Toll and was forced to stay at the Toll House all night

The Victoria and Albert containing the Royal Family and part of the Royal Squadron after a visit to Lochryan sailed close past Ballantrae heading up the Clyde


Mr Andrew Miller the Post between Ballantrae and Daljarrock is recorded as having walked 19 miles per day (Sunday excepted) for 14 years calculated at 83,258 miles


An advert was placed for a resident medical practitioner for Ballantrae. The annual pay for 3 years was to be £36 per annum supplemented by employment with the Poor Law Board of at least £14 per annum. Applications were to go to the Rev Mr Milroy Minister of Ballantrae


Glenapp Church built with endowment from Mrs Caddell nee Butter



An Irish fishing smack was wrecked off Bennan Point with the loss of 5 lives


Village population 456


Carleton Fishery built


Pleasure boat Hariet of Troon belonging to the Duke of Portland lost off Ballantrae with all crew.


Steamer Northern Yacht starts regular sailings calling at Ballantrae every Tuesday ,Thursday and Saturday .



1836 Roup at Corseclays



From Pigot’s Directory ‘’ Ballantrae is 105 miles sw from Edinburgh, 68 sw from Glasgow, 34 s of Ayr, 24 nne of Portpatrick, 18 n of Straurarr, 13 s by w of Girvan, and 25 ssw of Maybole, situated near the south western extremity of the county, and on the banks of the river Stinchar, which here falls into the Firth of Clyde. It is principally supported by its fishing of salmon and cod-fish, and by the manufacture of coarse linen and plaids, in the weaving of which about 50 looms are employed; the salmon fishing belongs to the Earl of Stair.The approach to the town from Straurarr is over the river across which is an excellent stone bridge of three well proportioned arches. On the right, near the bridge, stand the ruins of Ald-Stinchar castle, which formerly belonged to the Hamilton family, and was inhabited by them about 160 years ago; the ancient clock, belonging to the tower now standing, is still used as time keeper for the town. Old kirkcudbright kirk, now in ruins, gives a mournful yet pleasing effect to the surrounding scenery. The present kirk is a neat modern building, ornamented with stone, in the plain Gothic style. There are several schools in the parish, including Sunday, parochial and private schools. In addition to his salary, the master of the parocial school enjoys the interest of £100 bequeathed for the education of poor children of the parish. There are no resident magistrates; and the nearest court is held at Girvan, where small debts are recoverable only by summons. Ballantrae is without either fairs or weekly market, but there is an annual cattle show in the month of June.

Post Office John Millar, Post master. Letters from Portpatrick and Glasgow arrive every day at half past one, and are despatched to the south at the same hour - Letters to the north are despatched every evening at six.

Anderson, Rev Robert DD Glendrissale
Donaldson, John Esq of Auchairne
Kennedy, Captain Hew Ferguson of Bennan
McIlraith, James jnr Esq (magistrate) of Auchenflower
Melroy, Rev John manse

Dickie, William
Donnan, Peter
Eglesham, James
Ferguson, John
McCredie, James

Aitken, Mary shopkeeper
Brown, Crawford tailor
Clark, William blacksmith
Cumming, William boat builder
Donovan, Peter shoe maker
Eglesham, James shoe maker
Ferguson, William tailor
Hunter, Ann shopkeeper
McCredie, James shopkeeper
McKissock, Andrew mason
McKissock, James mason
McKissock, William mason
McLeod, John shopkeeper
McWhirter, James tailor
McWhirter, Robert joiner & cartwright
Millar, John master of parochial school
Millar, John jnr shoe maker
Milroy, Janet dress maker
Scott, James shoe maker
Scott, Jane dress maker
Scott, John shoe maker
Scott, William mason
Sherar, John blacksmith South Luggan
Small, William cooper
Stewart, John surgeon
Tait, John blacksmith
Wright, Andrew shopkeeper

Steam Packets
To and from Glasgow and Stranraer, the "Loch Ryan" and the "Nimrod" call occasionally.’’


The Irish Mail Coach overturned 2 Miles North of Ballantrae severely injuring the driver James Johnston , 2 inside passengers Mrs Oliver and Mr Main were unhurt as was the guard, although he was badly bruised. All involved were transported to Ballantrae
1839. James Paterson Wason was born in 1839, and died, aged 61, in Ballantrae, where he had been an Inspector of the Poor, a postmaster, and a baker. In 1881 James employed one man, two boys (apprentice bakers) and one woman. He and his wife, Jane, had nine children.

According to the 1891 Census, and to his death certificate ten years later, James was, in addition, the local Registrar, Clerk to the Board School, and Clerk to the Parish Council. He had a grisly end - with gangrene in the toes of his left foot, but he had a very full life! So highly respected was he by the local community, that they erected gates in his honour at Ballantrae Cemetery. Built across the top of the gates, in wrought iron, are the words Wason Memorial Gates


Sloop Plough of Stranraer heading to Glasgow with a cargo of barley was wrecked on the 6th of January off Ballantrae.



A Mill and Kiln were burnt to the ground and a quantity of grain lost. Several Irish people who were at the mill a few days prior and were turned away are suspected of causing the fire

Auchairne House built being an extension to a farm house

The horseback mail delivery was superseded by a Mail Coach .


Balkissock farm House built as shooting lodge.

The sloop Aim of Kincardine under master W Mason sailing from Malaga to the Clyde driven on shore at Ballantrae. The cargo of wine and fruit was discharged under the superintendence of the officers from Stranraer. As Malaga was infected with fever precautions were taken to prevent the crew communicating with the people on shore. Men from Ballantrae who had communication with the crew when the ship first beached were allowed to help with the unloading of the cargo. The ship was later refloated and sailed back to Malaga with her crew. The Ballantrae men were kept from having any communication with their families for some time.


Mr Andrew McCredie tenant in Craig of Glenapp was returning home from Colmonell Fair and fell over the Scar Precipice near Colmonell Manse and was found dead next morning by some anglers in the Stinchar


A trooper of the 9th Light Dragoons was killed in Ballantrae by a kick from a vicious charger


Thomas Burns nephew of Rabbie was Ballantrae Parish minister. Left for Monkton, then went to New Zealand as a missionary he had 2 sons and 4 daughters


Isabella Caddell nee Butter died 25 March 1829 and bequeathed £4500 and 15 acres of land to endow a chapel and a school at Glenapp



A Chaise (carriage) belonging to an innkeeper in Stranraer overturned at Glenapp severely injuring the driver and another man who had been a passenger in the vehicle


The lands and estate of Ballantrae offered for sale. This estate stretches along the sea coast for about 7 miles and comprises 20,000 Scots acres. It contains a fine river and valuable salmon fishing and the property abounds in game

Rev William Donaldson Minister of Ballantrae for 44 years died age 75 on 28 July


One Allan Archibald, carrier of Girvan was on his way from Stranraer to Girvan with a horse and cart loaded with whisky and herring. At Glenapp bridge due to the water being exceptionally high he was unable to see the edge of the road and both horse and cart tumbled into the river and were washed more than 100yards downstream .The horse was drowned but Mr Archibald was rescued by a traveller passing by . Only part of the whisky and herring was recovered. As this was the man’s only way of supporting his wife and five small children a fund was opened in Girvan for subscriptions for their relief


John Donaldson purchases lands of Auchairne and others adjoining to Kilphine.(lot5)

Attempts still being made to sell the rest of the estate of Ballantrae in 15 individual lots

2 brothers named Coulter from Ballantrae were sent to jail for heavy penalties for smuggling gin. They had been able to elude the officers for some years past so this time the Sheriff dispatched the officers by sea aboard a revenue cutter. The officers arrived in the dead of night, landed and caught the smugglers in bed and carried them off to the cutter.


The lands of Corseclays and Drumore consisting of 320 Scotch acres offered for sale at Auction at the Exchange Coffee House Edinburgh

The lands of Smirton containing 541 Acres offered for sale by private bargain


The following lands and estate were for sale by auction. Estimates of value in brackets Balkissock & Leffin Donald, (£330) Ground at High Mains, Leffin and Balnowlart (£ 1,550 17/6d.) The last lot included salmon fishing on the Stinchar.

A man by the name of Hugh Ross, indicted to stand trial for robbing a carrier’s cart attempted to commit suicide by cutting his throat but did not succeed

John Keats and his friend & Biographer Charles A Brown visited Ballantrae while on his tour of North England and Scotland and wrote a sonnet about Ailsa Craig.


New parish church built in Ballantrae

Glenapp Church and school started by bequest from Mrs Butter (widow of Jas. Caddell)


1800 Harbour & Ailsa Craig


The ship Peggy from Greenock on route to Liverpool loaded with salt, tar, stoneware, cheese, etc. was wrecked 3 miles north of Ballantrae. The crew of 4 men was saved but the cargo was almost totally lost. Lieut. Hugh Ross of the Ballantrae volunteers along with a detachment of his men prevented any of the wreck being taken away. Despite the exertions of the officers stopping the inhabitants stripping the ship several instances were detected and locals detained. The sitting Magistrate imposed the full penalty of £5 upon 2 of the transgressors.


The 9th troop of the first Royal Dragoons on route from Hamilton to Ireland attempted to cross the severely flooded river Stinchar at Ballantrae. 5 horses with their riders were washed away in the current and only with the help of the local people were they saved (4 by the people wading into the river and the 5th by a boat crewed by 4 Ballantrae lads further downstream)


A diligence (carriage) commences running on 11th March from Blair’s Arms Portpatrick (7.00am) to Ayr on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays stopping at Ballantrae and arriving at the Kings Arms Ayr at 7.00pm a journey of 12 hours


The sloop Friends (Master Captain Bain) sailing from Greenock to Westport came ashore at Ballantrae



The first attempt at softwood tree forestation made by Robert Fergussone at Glenapp is made.


Tax had to be paid by those who owned clocks and watches. The following Ballantrae residents were wealthy enough to have to pay this tax. Hugh F Kennedy of Bennane (1 clock 1watch ) David F Kennedy of Finnarts ( 1 watch) Mr Donaldson, Minister (1 watch) Mr Allan ( 1 clock) John Mc Kissock ,Innkeeper ( 1 clock)


Population village 300, parish 700



A smuggling vessel just arrived from Gottenburgh (Gothenburg Sweden?) sent a small boat with 6 hands towards the shore to appraise the country of their arrival but did not appreciate the violence of the water and 2 of them were drowned while the other 4 got
ashore. Next day the vessel landed her cargo consisting of tea and brandy which was immediately carried off by the smugglers notwithstanding that several officers of the Revenue were present but were afraid to intervene as they did not have any military
support. 2 troops of Scots Greys were ordered to Ayrshire to prevent smuggling in this part of Ayrshire.


The Mail Coach from Stranraer to Ballantrae was robbed and a considerable sum of money taken out of a letter. The robber turned out to be the Post Boy who was committed to Stranraer Jail.



Ballantrae Bridge built also Kings Arms Hotel and 2 adjacent houses with stones from Ardstinchar Castle



Ballantrae schoolhouse built – School has been on present site since 1733



Until 1745 no one would rent land in the Parish because of a plague which killed all the cattle causing a famine. When the wet season came a bad weed grew in the crop called the doite which caused the people to be sick and made them look as if they were drunk.
At this time the farm of Garfar (Garphar) lay without a tenant for 5 years.


Records of Births, marriages and deaths started


Colmonell bridge built



Ballantrae Manse built



Feud between Cassillis and Bargany Kennedys ends with the slaying at Pennyglen of Gilbert Kennedy, Laird of Ballantrae & Ardstinchar


Kirk and Bargany Aisle in Ballantrae village completed and endowed.


Body of Gilbert Kennedy and his wife Janet Stewart transferred from Ayr in a grand procession of a thousand men on horseback. Gilbert and his wife interred in Bargany Aisle.


Auchairne & Kilphine owned by the Grahams of Knockdolian


John Kennedy of Carlock owns Carlock House .


Ballantrae created a Barony

Ballantrae Kirk made Parish church


Auchairne & Kilphine now owned by the Kennedies of Blairquhan.


A royal postal service was introduced on several routes including that from Edinburgh to Portpatrick via Hamilton, Ayr, Girvan and Ballantrae supplemented in 1662 by another to Ireland via Glasgow and Kilmarnock.

School in Parish


Alexander Peden,( formerly a teacher at Tarbolton and laterally Minister at New Luce)
declared an outlaw for being a Covenanter and is caught by Government Militia near
Ballantrae. Taken to the Bass Rock and imprisoned until 1678 when he was to be
deported. He persuaded the ship’s Captain to let him go free and he remained an outlaw
until he died in 1686.


Windmill built above village


Ballantrae schoolmaster was James Muirhead


Parish of Ballantrae removed from Parish of Ayr to Stranraer


Circa 15th 

Century Parts of Colling mill built - worked by water wheel


Mary Queen of Scots at Ardstinchar castle


First minister of Ballantrae in church records


Garfar belonged to Thomas Davidson of Grenan and formed part of the Ballantrae Estate of Bargany

1500’s (late)

A plot by Earl of Cassillis to blow up Ardstinchar Castle and its occupants was called off.



First mention of Ardstinchar in surviving documents –‘Alexander Kenedy of Ardstencheir’ witnessed a charter


Barony of Ardstinchar created by royal charter of King James I comprised of Hugh Kennedy’s ‘‘landsof Ardstynchel, Ballowmtircastel and Dalfask’’and his brother Thomas’s “ lands of Kyrcoswalde and Bridgend”


Papal records mention a Chapel of St Ninian in the parish of Calmanal (Colmonell). Near the castle of Ardstruchar (Ardstinchar). This chapel would be on the pilgrimage to Whithorn

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