A Date for your diary.... Don't miss next years' Ballantrae Festival of Food & Drink. 13th and 14th June 2020


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.

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