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


Ballantrae Bowling green started

Diseased salmon found in the Stinchar


A herd of 28 cattle at Garphar broke down a fence and entered Laggan House wood where they ate some yew trees which poisoned them. With medication all bar 1 were saved.


An unusual bird is reported, in the Scotsman, being a cross between a cock pheasant and a grey hen. The bird allows one to approach it quite closely, and walks slowly with a peculiar strutting gait.


One of the 8 standing or grey stanes of Garleffin was blown up by a farmer – shown on Ordnance Survey map of 1839

Population village 426 Glenapp hamlet 1277

Regular coach twice daily (Stranraer -Girvan) afterwards a horse bus. ( Girvan – Ballantrae 2-3 hours) Possibly driven by a Mr McIntyre.

During a fearful gale the Schooner Circassian sailing from Dundalk to Troon was wrecked at Ballantrae and 1 crew member drowned

Mr Peter Murdoch, farmer Glendrishaig was awarded a bronze medal for gallantry in saving life for his rescuing passengers from the schooner Circassian which was wrecked near Glendrishaig on 21st December 1881

From the Carrick Directory . The population of the Parish was 736 males and 704 females of which 742 resided in the village.
The value of the Herring Harvest was quoted as £40,000 - £50,000 . The village boasted 3 Public Houses, a Post Office & Telegraph Office, Public Reading room & Library a Lodge of Good Templars and a Golf and Tennis Club with 60 members. A conveyance left Ballantrae for Pinwherry every morning at 6.30am and for Girvan every Monday at 9am returning from Girvan at 3pm.


Four schools outside the village - Auchenflower, Ballchdowan, Glenapp, Shennas


2 Ballantrae fisherman John Coulter & John Hannah (salmon fishers) were drowned when their boat overturned as they were preparing to go fishing at Lady Bay .

12 December 1883, AIMWELL, 30 yrs old, of Dublin, wooden schooner, 40 tons, 4 crew, Master and Owner R. Kearon, Arklow, departed Arklow for Troon, in ballast, 4 lives lost, wind NNW10, stranded, total loss, Redburn, near Ballantrae, Ayrshire.

Advert appeared in the Scotsman for Teacher certified as male assistant Salary £50 per annum for Ballantrae school


Mr James Wason pushes for the erection of a larger harbour at Ballantrae. About 400 boats engaged in the Ballantrae fishing.


Massive storm washes away part of the Ballantrae to Girvan road and in the village the tide rises over the beach and floods the houses. The harbour was greatly damaged and the foundation stones were removed in places.

1887 River Stinchar


School Board resolves to abolish fees for the infant class and the first 5 standards from 1st October. They also reduce the fees to 1/4d a month for Standard VI and EX VI This was designed to eventually establish free education.

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