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TALSTON is a parisli of 15,800 acres, in the district of Kyle-
Stewart; the town, a conBiderable one, is eligibly situated on the
left baui: of the Irvine, on the road from Edinburgh to Ayr, and
from Dumfries to Glasgow ; it is 22 miles s. from the latter city, 16
N.N.E. of Ayr, and 5 from Kilmarnock ; seated in a hollow, sheltered
on all sides by rising grounds. The chief employment of the
industrious class is weaving and mining. There is a corn mill, and
one for paper mill board—the latter erected early in the lifteenth
century. Another occupation is also presented to the labouring
class, that of raising coal, of which a large quantity is obtained
from the estates of the Dnke of Portland, who is superior of the
parish. There are excellent schools. Blair's school occupies a
handsome building, opened in ISill, under the will of the late
Charles Blair, Esq., of Galston, who bequeathed certain heritable
property, which was to accumulate until the income amounted to
£200 per annum, for which 102 childi-en of either sex are educated
and clothed. There are likewise four Sabbath evening schools,
wherein upwards of 500 childi-en receive instruction. There is an
excellent institution, which was erected in 1874, at a cost of over
£3,000, given by Miss Brown, of Lanfine, and is called Brown's
Institute. It consists of a spacious reading room, well supphed
with the daily newspapers, periodicals, &c.; a library, containing
POST office:, Gaxston, Matthew Robertson, Post Master.— Letters arrive from all parts (from Kilmarnock) and are
delivered at twenty minutes past seven and half-past nine morning, and twenty minutes before eight night, and are despatched (to
Kilmarnock) at a quarter before seven morning, and half-past six and twenty minutes past seven night.
Money Order and Telegraph Office and Savings Bank.
between 2,000 and 3,000 volumes ; and some recreiition rooms for
various kinds of amusement. The places of worship are, an
Established church, a Free church, Evangelical Union, and a
United Presbyterian church of Gothic architecture, which cost
about ^£1,100. " The parish extends about 13 miles in length, by from
four to live in breadth; lying in the upper part of the county, con-
tiguous to Lanarkshire, and separated by the Irvine from the parish
of Loudoun on the north, Maucliline and Sorn bounding on the
south. The surface is diversified with hills, but the land is
generally arable, and there is a considerable quantity of wood.-
The district is watered by some small tributaries of the Irvine, and
the river Avon, which rises in the upper part of the parish. About
a mile from the town is Loudoun Castle, a large and magnificent
structure in the modern castellated style; this, together with the
old castle of Cessnock and Barr, surrounded as they are by natural
and artificial woods, highly enhance the beauty of the district — in
which is also Patie's Mill, celebrated in the delightful song called
"the Lass of Patie's Mill." The annual fairs are on the thu'd
Thursday in April, the first Thursday in June, and thelasl Wednes-
day in November. Population of the parish 6,331, of which number
the town contained 4,727.
Brown Miss Martha, Lanfine
Dempster James, Esq. j.p. Ladyton
Fairlie William, Esq. j.p. Holmes
Grey Rev. Robert Tnglis, Evangehcal Union
Manse, Brcwland st
Hastings Cliarles Frederick Clifton Abney,
Esq. Loudoun Castle
Hendrie James, Esq. Thorn Bank
Hendrie Jolin, Esq. j.p. Galston
M'Indoe Rev. Robert, Free Church Manse,
Mackie Robert, Esq. j.p. Loudoun
M'Leod Mrs. Agnes, Nelvillo
M'Leod V'V. John B. m.d. Polwarth st
Mathewson Rev. Thomas, Wallace st
Parker Miss Minnie, 7 Bentinck st
Paterson Mrs. Mary, Barr st
Richmond Mrs. Agnes, Burntside Cottage,
Richmond Mr. Hugh, 1 Bentinck st
Rodger Mr. William (surgeon), Bridge st
Stirling Rev. Robert, d.b. Manse
Tait Alexander D. Esq. j.p. Blilrig
M'Donald WiUiam, Bridge st
Torrance James (and stationer and steam
printer). Bridge st
Corson John, 89 Brewland st
Dunn James, 22 Polwarth st
Findlay Hugh, Wallace st
Findlay John, 8 Wallace st
Hunter Margaret, Bridge st
Richmond David, Church lane
Richmond Hugh, Bridge st
White A. & T. (dealers;. Cross
Blair's School (charity)— George Paterson,
master; Jessie Wilson, mistress
Board Schools: —
Barr — Robert M'Donald (& teacher of
languages), master ; Jessie Forrest,
Glebe Dyke — William Bell, master; Wm.
Smith, assistant master; Ellen Smith,
Borland William, 31 Orchard st
Meikle James, 21 Henrietta st
Robertson Charles, Henrietta st
Watson David, 1 Titchficld st
Gibson Thomas BI. 12 Bridge st
Harvey Alexander, '29 Bridge st
Lyon John Wallace, 5 Heiu'ietta st
Walker John, 19 Bridge st
Black Thomas, 15 Polwarth st
Hamilton WiUiam, 6 Henrietta st
Anderson R. G. & J. Bentinck st
Anderson Robert (and monumental mason),
Wallace st
Mair Joim, Steam Saw nxills,
Barr street
Holburn Alexander, Wallace st
M*Call James, Cross road
SMEair Jolin (and cabuiet maker],
Steam Sa^iir nuilis, G-alston
Pater.son Andrew, Priestlaud
Smith Thomas, 21 The Cross
Yeudall Abraham, 18 Barr st
Boyd, Gilmour & Co. Burnbank, Ladyton &
Goatfoot Collieries [stou
Dunlop & Eaglesham, Ashyard Colliery, Gal-
Gilmour, Wood & Anderson, Gauchalland
CoUiery Co. Galston
Home John & Sons, Galston and Holmes
Collieries [Galston
Maxwood Colliery & Fire Clay Works,
British Linen Co. Bank (Branch), Bridge
st— draws on head office, Edinburgh, and
on Smith, Pajnie & Smiths, London — Robt.
Blair, agent — See advertisement
Union Bank of Scotland (Branch), Galston
— draws on the head offices, Glasgow and
Edinburgh; on Glyn, Mills, Currie & Co.
London ; and on the Provincial Bank of
Ireland— John Hendrie, agent; James
Hendrie, sub-agent
Douglas Hugh, Cross road
Ferguson William, Boghall
Findlay James, Bridge st
Houston John, 44 Titchfield st
Neil James, Ban Mill road
Campbell Jane, Polwarth st
Gibson Thomas M. Bridge st
Hamilton William, 6 & 8 Henrietta st
Owen WiUiam (& fruiterer), Brewland st
White Tliomas, Titcbfleld st
Yonng James, 25 Titohfleld st
Paton Robert, 17 Polwartt st
Timothy Thomas, Titchfield st
Anderson Robert, Cliuuliyard
Barclay Alexander, Ridgehead
BaiT William, Pearsland
Black James, Little Maxwood
Bowie George, Gauchalland
Brown Matthew, Stoney Hall
Brown WiUiam, Loanhead
Cameron Agnes & Matthew, Knowe
Cameron John, Molmontend
Cameron Matthew, Changue
Campbell Ellen, Haymouth
Cochrane Alexander, Eastfield
Cochrane Margaret, Aird
Crawford David, Burn House MU
Dalgleish Mrs. — , Allanton
Donald Nicol B. Sornbeg
Donald Thomas, Crosstrees
Drinnen Robert, Goatfoot
Findlay Francis, Windyhill
Findlay John, Leigh Dalloy
Findlay William, Crofthead
Gebbie Robert, Little Sorn
Gemmell Thomas, High Dalloy
Gibbie John, Newbyre
Gibson Allan, Cowgove
Gilchrist David, Parkiston
Gilmour Arthur, Leigh Newton
Gilmour David, Greenbank
Goldie James, Satersyke
Hamilton James, Knowehead
Hamilton John, Woodhead
Hendrie James, Drumdorch
Howat David, Knowehead
Howat John, Burnhead
Howie Thomas, Maxwood
Knox John, Hillend
Leggat James, West Ashyard
Lockhead Robert, Old Walls
Lennox William, Newlield
Mair James, Greenfield
Mair John, Auchinbart
Manson James & John, Millands
Maxwell John, Cessnock
Maxwell WiUiam, Sparuel Bank
Meildc Hugh, Hill House
Meikle Thomas, Strath
Miller Alexander, East Ashyard
Miller Hugh, Mount Pleasant
Milh-r John, Laighholms
Mitchell James, Cairn hiU
Morton John, Goursbraehead
IMorton Thomas, Ladybrow, Darvel
Mult & Clark, Allanton plains
Paterson Andrew, Priestland, Darvel
Paterson John, High Ashyard
Paterson Robert, Barward
Paterson Robert, Middlethird
PoUock John, Middlefield
Pollock Robert, Muii'head
Semple John, Brancefield
Smith James, Ban- BliU
Smith William, Low Ashyard
Steel jVlexander, Burnhead, Darvel
Steel James, Loanloot
Steel John, High Neivton
Taylor Hugh, Bellisle
Taylor James, Bruntwood
Taylor Robert & Archibald, Langside
Torrance George, Dyke
Watson Thomas, Waterhaughs, Darvel
Weir William, Bent
Wilson James, Leffnock
Wilson John, Threepwood
Wright Robert & Pi-ter, Bruntwood Blains
Wright William, Meikloyard
Young Andrew, Bruntwood Hill
Young John. Allanton MiU

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