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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

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