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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.

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