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


Glenapp estate up for sale

Discussions were taking place regarding suggestions that North British would acquire a Ballantrae rail line and would make a pier at Ballantrae and run steamers from there to Larne benefitting business men.

Statistical Account states fishing fleet & gear worth £16,975. 516 boats landed 1,322 barrels of herring.  921 fishermen and boys plus 78 fish curers, 51 coopers and 800 others were employed. Village population was 527


Ballantrae church Clock Tower added using stones from earlier Church

Village population was 527

Around this time the following owned these Mansions or summer lodges ,Finnart House (H.F. Kennedy), Glenapp House (James Hunter), Glenapp Lodge (G.Oliver), Balkissock House (Arthur Hughes - Onslow), Garphar house, Auchairne House (J.N.Donaldson)


Robert McWhirter was schoolmaster (until 1926)

Thomas Ramsay of Troon makes alterations and improvements to Golf Course

G McCaig was the President of Ballantrae Bowling Club (also 1894)


Tenders required for the supply of materials and constructing one and a quarter miles of sewers and sea outfall in the village and for the enlargement of the reservoir at Smyrton.

Golf subscription was 5/- for gentlemen and 2/6d for ladies. There were 123 gentlemen and 25 lady members.

1894 ladies on Main Street


J Leckie served as Bowling President until 1900


Ballantrae lifeboat was despatched on its carriage to Lendalfoot to go to the assistance of a small steamer which was flying distress signals in Lendal Bay. The lifeboat was launched a mile windward of the steamer which was about 1000yards from the shore. All on board the steamer were successfully rescued.


Mr McKenna and Mr C Lawson cycled 13 miles from Girvan on a tandem to deliver a message regarding a stricken vessel as the telegraph had broken down. They arrived at 3am muddy and soaked by rain.

1898 boat at harbour

1898 Main Street

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