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1930 Aerial View



15 feet snowdrifts block the road at Glenapp.

Last of Bargany Kennedy descendents leaves Finnarts, estate having been purchased by  Lord Inchcape from Mr C F Kennedy

Toilet installed in Ballantrae Church Vestry

After church amalgamation Free Church Manse sold for £625 to Inspector of the Poor

Coal boat XL from IOM  sailing to Kilkeel from Ayr sinks 2 miles North of Ballantrae Crew got into a small boat and managed to row to Ballantrae Coastguard Station. Needs supplied by local agent for Shipwreck Mariner’s Society.


1931 public hall


A Girvan poacher was fined £5 or 30 days for stealing 3 salmon and 14 sea trout from the Stinchar at Ballantrae

1932 Richard on the beach

1932 Richard on the shore

1932 School children



A Glasgow traveller heading towards Ballantrae stopped his car to watch 2 weasels and 2 adders in fierce combat. He tried to separate the fighters by throwing stones and the weasels left the adders and attacked him. 1 weasel entered the car and settled on the back seat. The weasel was then dispatched by a spanner from the drivers tool chest.

Free Kirk sold to building firm from Cumnock for £65

Balkissock House built by James Miller for Hughes- Onslow.

In June the Earl of Stair intimated he was prepared to give a 5 year lease of a field adjacent to the village free of charge as a Recreation Ground. The Council agreed to equip the field for £60.


James Smith sentenced to 2 years in jail for stabbing Robert Drysdale, lodging house superintendant.

River Stinchar flooded the road for a distance of 100 yards but eventually the afternoon Glasgow to Stranraer bus managed to get through although the passengers had to stand on the seats as the bus partially filled with water.


In May new letter box was installed at Auchencrosh Lodge (2 collections daily).

Severe drought causes wells to dry up. Cattle brought down to River Stinchar and water carried up to the hill animals.

A fatal cycling accident occurred when Mr Walter Paul gamekeeper at Balnowlart lost control of his bicycle and collided with the North Lodge Gate.

Free Kirk knocked down - last Minister was Rev. Robert Steen

Remains of Richard burned on the shore at Redburn.

Glasgow’s necessitous children as well as blind pupils to stay at Ballantrae school for summer break.


1936 Fishermen with lobster pots

Girvan Education Authority recommend that electricity be installed in Ballantrae &  Colmonell schools.

200 full grown salmon were seen lying in the deep pool below the bridge.

5 boats have commenced fishing for clams at Ballantrae

Fishermen sold the engine which had been bought in 1906 to haul the boats out the water and the proceeds £30  were given to charity (£20 went to Ayr County Hospital) .


Basking shark caught in net in Lendal Bay by Ballantrae fishermen Robert & Tom McQuiston (salmon fishers)

Penwhapple water scheme connected supplying the Stinchar valley.

Mr Alexander Wason retires as headmaster of Ballantrae Public school after 10 years.

Mr John McGarvie of Barrhill Public School appointed Ballantrae Headmaster

Nov 24 houses (6 blocks of 2 double storey ) built on Foreland green were handed over to tenants .

Ayr County Council agree to buy the Toll House with a view to demolish it to make way for a new bridge.

A labourer from Stirlingshire was taken to court for poaching at Ballantrae Bridge and was fined £5 plus £2   2/- (expenses) with the option of 20 days imprisonment. His fish and nets were confiscated.

A flint implement discovered in his garden by Mr John McNally was identified as a Neolithic arrow head by National Museum in Edinburgh


108 Ballantrae rate payers sign petition against Colmonell refuse being dumped at Ballantrae Coup


Ballantrae village now has 7 ARP wardens and 5 Special Constables trained on how to deal with gas in Air Raids . Colmonell village has commenced training of 12 ARP wardens and 9 Special Constables.

Post Office announce that a Public Telephone box will be erected as soon as possible

Electricity installed in Church Manse

Public inquiry was held into the proposed new bridge and road alterations. First part of the scheme to be the section from Ballantrae to Lagganholm including a proposed new bridge which was to cost £35,000.

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