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1820

A mill and kiln were burnt to the ground and a quantity of grain lost.  Several Irish people who were turned away from the mill a few days prior were 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The horseback mail delivery was superseded by a Mail Coach

1821

Balkissock Farmhouse built as a shooting lodge

The sloop 'Aim' of Kindcardine, sailing from Malaga to the Clyde under Master W. Mason, was driven onto 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.  Ballantrae men who had communication with the crew when the ship first beached were allowed to help with the unloading of the cargo.  They were kept apart from their families for some time.  The ship was later refloated and sailed back to Malaga with her crew. 

1822

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

1825

'Pigot & Co.'s New Commercial Directory of Scotland for 1825-6' gave a list of local names and occupations:

Post Master, and Clerk to the Kirk

John Miller

Shopkeepers, Traders etc

James Aird, weaver, Foreland

David Aitken, corn miller, Curling Mill [Colling Mill]

Crawford Brown, tailor

Hugh Brown, weaver, Foreland

Hugh Carr, farmer, Big Park

William Cumming, weaver

Peter Donnan, boot & shoemaker

John Eglesom, weaver, Foreland

John Ferguson, grocer, draper & spirit dealer

Peter Ferguson, carpenter, South Lagin [Laggan]

Thomas Gray, weaver, Foreland

William Gray, weaver, Foreland

Thomas Haswell, vintner

Rev. Thomas Hill, minister

Miss Ann Hunter, gentlewoman, Shallknow House [Shellknowe]

J. McCleland, weaver, Park end [Parkend]

David McKennan, farmer & toll gate keeper

Peter McKissock, grocer, spirit dealer and tailor

James McMeekin, grocer and cartwright, near Toll Bar

Thomas McWilliam, weaver, Foreland

John Miller, academy, Post Office

Thomas Murry, surgeon

James & John Scott, boot & shoemakers

John Shearer, blacksmith

John Tate, blacksmith

Samuel Walsh, tailor

1826

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

Rev. Thomas Burns, nephew of poet Robert Burns, was ordained as minister of Ballantrae Parish on 13th April while still a bachelor.  He stayed for four years before moving to Monkton Parish where he married Clementina Grant, the niece of the previous minister.   In 1843 Thomas joined the Free Church of Scotland, and later moved to New Zealand where he enjoyed an illustrious career.

Rev. Thomas Burns, nephew of poet Robert Burns

1829

Isabella Caddell, nee Butter, died 25th March and bequeathed £4,500 and 15 acres of land to endow a chapel and a school at Glenapp

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