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


Advert for female teacher for Auchenflower school average attendance (13) salary £70 per annum with free house and garden.

Lace making industry established by Mrs Stock of Glenapp Castle and is an offshoot of the Irish Home Industry the Barnslue which was founded in 1847 by Mrs Stock’s grandmother Lady Harriette Kavanagh.


A serious fire occurred at Downan Farm (tenant Wm Todd) originating in the byre which contained at the time 55 Ayrshire cattle. 31 cows perished and 4 more were put down.

The death was reported of the Rev Fergus John Williamson minister of Ballantrae since 1867.

1913 Main St lady with a bike


In January the death was announced of Mr Robert Temple (96) who was headmaster at Ballantrae Public school for 45 years.

A man who purchased an old motor fishing boat in Girvan set sail alone for Peel in the IOM and when off Ballantrae the boat sprang a leak as he was unable to cope he set fire to some of the vessels gear and attracted the attention of 2 fishing boats. The crews managed to reach him and got the leaking boat beached at Ballantrae.

New paraffin lamps installed in Parish Church

3 young ladies went for a 6am swim at the river mouth when they got into difficulties sadly 2 drowned in spite of rescue attempts by the local coastguard, policeman, postman and a villager .

James Tudhope Hutchinson of Cambuslang awarded a pair of inscribed binoculars from the Carnegie Hero Fund Awards for rescuing a man from drowning at Ballantrae. He was also awarded a testimonial from the Royal Humane Society.

Advert for gardener for Glenapp Castle appears with wages 24/- per week with free house and coal.


At Ayr Sherriff court John McGregor overseer Auchencrosh is fined £5 for failing to obscure an indoor light in his house. The accused did not receive the police very courteously on being told that the light was visible from various hills and over a long stretch of moor.

At Ayr Sherriff Court James Gallacher of Pinwherry was fined £10 or 30 days for using 2 powerful lights on his car between Ballantrae & Girvan and also failing to stop when challenged by 2 patrols of the Royal Scots. It was stated that the only reason the patrols did not fire their rifles was the fact that 2 girls were in the line of fire.

Samuel McKee 9 year old son of Hugh McKee of Garleffin falls into a pool in the burn at Colling Mill and is drowned.


1916 Parkend

Inchcape buys Glenapp castle

Ballantrae Parish Council are requiring a Medical Practitioner, male or female to fill in while present Medical Officer is ill. Pay £3 per week.


1916 Cart outside house Leffin Donald



Ballantrae lifeboat finally disbanded

Doctor W W Fullarton former medical officer for 34 years in Ballantrae dies. His successor is a Doctor Baird.

Local work party of Parish Church raises £93 15/5d at sale of work in Public Hall.

Lord Inchcape buys Glenapp estate for £90,000 in November from Mrs J H Stock.


1918 charabanc


Old Smyrton cottages Glenapp built.

The thatched cottages at the bridge were demolished.

In October at a meeting in the Kings Arms a committee of Ladies was formed to develop the Lace Industry with the Countess of Stair and the Countess of Cassillis as patronesses. The Ballantrae lace is a copy of the old Point de Milan. Considerable
number of people employed in the area.

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