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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)

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