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Eoberlson Jolin, Old st
Boss John Bn:hin (and town clerk, session
clevk, and clerk and treasursr to Girvan
school board), Balloch Cottage
Aitken James, coopsr, ErldRe st
Carson J. jiin. f;araa dealer, Knookushion st
Gallacher Patrick, gardener, iMonl,{jo.nerie st
Gray Thomas, cart owner. Old st
Hamilton John, pawubr dier, Dalrjraple at
Hepburn James, coach builder, Hiyh st
Holland John, rnp,3 maker, DaUvrnple st
Hunter Hugh, photographer, Da'lrymple st
Lamb Robert, treasurer to road trustees,
clerk and treasurer to parish school board
and treasurer to Gas Go. Hamilton st
U'Connell Eabert, (ish and game dealer,
Harbour place
M'Urnrio David, horse dealer. Harbour place
M'Ghio John, accountant and sheriff othcer,
Hamilton st
Macltenna James, registrar of births, deaths
and marriages, inspector and collector of
poor rates and for the Girvan Gas Co., and
stamp distributor. The Avenue
M'Kissock James, woollen manufacturer,
Dalrymple st
MattkewSDU .ignes, stay maker, Hiah st
Murdoch David, toy dealer, Hamilton st
Rennison John, bookbinder. High st j
Samson Ben, railway inspector, Dalrymple st ;
Sheriff Wm. town missionary, Dalrymple st '
Tennant Charles, painter and paper-hanger,
Bridge st
I Public Sulldingrs, Offices, Slc.
Episcopalia.vChuech— Eev.W. R.GaUacher
EsTADLlsHUD CHnucH.Montgomerie st— Rev.
William Corsun
Established Church, The Green— Rev.
Andrew T. Donald
Pkee Church, Dalrymple st.— Rev. Gordon
Methouist Church, Wilson st.— Rev. Wil-
liam Brown
United Pkesbyteeian, The Avenue— Rev.
John Stillie
Roman Catholic Chapel— Rev. William
O'Shaughnessy, priest
Patron — Earl of Blair
P/TSiV'enf— Edward Fisher, Es(i. Balloch-
mor ie House
Vicc-Presii^cnl—Jno. M'Ciacken, Esq. Gii-van
Hon. Secrelarji—W. Forsyth, Esq.
Hon. Treasurer— AleKiinCiet Martin, Esq.
or BIBTH3, deaths, AND MAKEIAGE8,
Mackenna James, The Avenue
Assembly Room— W.lliam Forsyth, secretary
and treasurer
A.R.V. I lUthl head quarters, Girvan— Officers,
Captain ilurray,LieuteuantBrown, Ensign
Gemmell; Sergeant Patterson, drill in-
Cemetery, Doune— James Mackenna, secre-
tary and treasurer
Gas Works, Girvan— Hugh Blair, manager
Meehanies' Library, Dalrymple st— Thomas
M'Dougall, librarian; William H-Oreath,
Police Station, Dalrymple st— Robert G.
Hervey, sergeant
Town Hiill, linoc. cushion st
CTiajrman— Right Hon. T. F. Kennedy (of
CoOTniiss/oners- Earl of Stair, Glasgow and
Southwestern Railway Company; Thomas
M'Kechnie, William M'Creath and John B.
Secretary — William Murray I
Treasurer — William Forsyth I
Harbour Jl/fis/c;-— Alexander Niven '
On the Maybole and Girvan Line, con-
necting Girvan with Glasgow— William
Robertson, collector
To BALLANTRAE, WilUam Mitchell, from
Dalrymple st. Monday and Friday, »nd
John Reid, Tuesday and Friday
The screw steamer Amethyst, from Glasgow
to Girvan, Tuesday; Girvan to Glasgow,
Wednesday— John M'Murtrie, agent
Irvine, the most ancient royal burgh in Scotland, is the seat
of a prfshytery, a seaport, and as regards population and impor-
tance, the secoi-d town in the distdct ol Carmiughame. The town
IS agreeably situated on a rising ground on the north bank of tli"
nver livine, about a mile from its junction with the Garno'ik water
and the sea, and upon tlie line of the Glasgow and Soutli-Western
railway. Distance from Edinburgh 67 miles w.s.w. • 25 s s w ol
Glasgow, n N. of Ayr, 11 s. of beith, and 7 w. of Kilmaruoek.
Parliamentary electors (mcluding Fullarton), 397. Irvine unites
■with Ayr, and with Campbeltown, Inverary and Oban in Ar.'vle-
Bhire, inrelurning one member to parliament, who is stvledthe
member for the Western Burghs; the present representative is Sir
Wil.iam James Monlgoniory Ciininghame, Bart., of Corse Hill
North Ayrshire. The burgh is geverned by a provost, three baillies'
a dean of guild, treasurer, and eighteen councillors. A baiUie court
is held every lawful day, as business may require; and one for the
recovery of small debts, belcire the justices, is also held every
Monday. A sheriff court is held every alternate month. There are
several commodious ions : the King'sArms and the Eglinton Arms
High street, lor commercial or posting purposes arc both well
of the inhabitants. Coal pits have been successfully sunk in tho
burgh land. On the south side of the river, but connected witli tho
town by a Hue stone bridge of four arclics, is an extensive suburb
calb;-d Fullarton, but in the parish of Dumlonald. It abuts on
the Frith of Clyde, ami includes the harbour and quay, and con-
laius a shi|i-building yard, three steam saw mills, naphtha works
ami three large engineering and foundry yards. Four large chemi-
cal and cbromc works have been erected near the beaeh, which give
employment to nearly 1,000 men. The British Dvnamite Company
have also erected works on the I'orth side of the river. The
harbour has recently been much improved, at very eoJisiderablo
exp.mse, and the trade has in consequence greatly increased,
especially in the export of coal. The churches arc the Free church
and the Established church (quoad sacra). Irvine is a burgh of
great antiquity : the beginning of L-vine is the very beginning
of history. Before Robert the Bruce was, before Sir William
Wallac;e was, during the time of William the Lion, it is
supposed there was a " town " called Irvine. The earliest
mention of Irvine is contained in the account of a dispute be-
tween Sir Ralph de Eglintou and the town of Irvine, and some-
ton and -Winton;. stands. withinl^mU^"of-ti;^t^:Ai:-S^'- hSl^^ was "he "^!St^' ^^l^i ^'"^ ""' «""' ^^^"' '" '""
convent or monastery ol the
- The sect of the Buchanites had also its
access to the origin in Irvine ; and it is recorded that in the monlh of March
taious in connection with the grand tournament held h °re in 1839. Carmelites, about 130U,
The noble earl permits the greatest ireedom of access to the ori"in in
t^'S wMci^m-frb^ had''?r'fri'' l'r™A'''K/' ""l-V obtainable by 16iO, there were twelve women executed in Irvine for the "crime
Iiv ne l^^s oTvil^ei^i^lurtr^eh?ll .1?,; }iT}fT'^\ Yl'^^'^^"''' °'' ^\«,-''?>»«. ^^^ fi«y yea>B afterwards one woman was severely
- - Tho situation othpM;.,!- ^ °* Lord Oranmorc punished for acting as a spac-wife for the recovery of stolen gooes
ioo siiuaiion ol the town is dry and Jiealthy, being ^ ^'"'•^ '■- ^" ■'■ "^ " ■' ....-'.. °""^ '^
and Browne.
altogether of a sandy bottom. All the streets are bread and airi-
The old steeple, with court house, council chambers and gaol theit
occupied the centre of tho main street, has been removed and a
6truc'ure,frnm a beautiful style, erected. The rarisli church is a
handsome buildmg of large dimensions, with a spire and clock, and
stands on rising ground, in ihe centre of the churchyard The
other places of worship are, two Free churches, two for United
Presbyterians, one for Roman Catholics, and one for BapUsf^ all
situated in the burgh proper. At the north end of the town' an
academy, surrounded by extensive plav-grounds, was erected in
any'thcremSZ'wL^male uVb'^J'iiVlT ''"•''=,'■ r"^^±•l.'l3■'. rlaec and was received with every mark of respect. In this towli
fii^titution wWeh ir n ^n^ n,„ '\ / '^^ ''" '"f'.^'^^'V^on. In this Burns, Scotland's national poet, served his time as a flax dresser
three mTncinam^S^^^^^^^ are -and the house in which he wrote and was burnt out of is sti 1
"rl" ch t'"nroSosed''tf bf t?'' ^"'- "* C'"^"''i°°''' '""^ "''""'' «' "'" '' -^'' ''""' «^e Parish '■ °c?^was tm a? H-vSc? on sid o5
d snosil of bi^SSste.s The n ,, , f '''■'""'' .'5' "}, bu'sar es, at tho ! May, 177a, the house th.n occupied by his father's family was
Snirticu nlvruccessfTl il,"^' -""'"ff'!^ this academy have taken down in 1858, and the office of the Union Bank erected on
nrfzL at Glas-ow^^^^^^^^^ ""^ "','' T,^ bursar es and its site: a nePt tablet in the Bank office commemorates this c™
Ksnnlitoaarslbe^-e ;.„.!„ ^, 1-" ^T-""^^ ^"'l"',^ seminaries ! cumslance. Here vas invented the screw propeller so early as
Board s'ch, oL Tl TO is also^ "'"' '?"">' ™.l ^'■■.'"'"I^ '""1 . 1»2* "■■ ls25, by Messrs. W. M'Cririek, Maxwell Dick, and Jamel
nro^SlCfw h ren>'n™ pod .„?.-. r"""^ ""'' """i"^ institute, well . Steadman. Population ol the town in 1871, 6,886.
prmiaeo w.iu leacmg and recreation rooms, and a larce hall fori .,,
pablio meetings or nitortiiinments. Tho Tcnipla-s' Hall k.ro is ' De: gkofn is a parish in Cunninghamo district, situated about
the flrst ereclion of the kind in Scotland ; there is also an Orin-o '^ "''iis e. of Irvine, on the rivers Irvine and Annock, and is a
and Protestant Hall. The other principal buildings arc, the Royal station (in I ho Glasgow and South-Wcslern Railway. The parish,
Clydesdale i.nd Union Banks, all handsome arehit(Cturall:Uildiii"s' I "'"'■'' '^ about nine miles in length and extemis from one to
The giaiu stores of A. Longnmir & Co. are extensive and subst.an- ' '■'"■''5 "' breadth, contains an Estal lished anil a Free church and
tial structures, and arc, perhaps, the large^t in CunuiU'diame ' " Board school. Population of parish ia 1871, 3,241, of tho vil-
Weaving, bonnet making andhaud sewing are the chief occupations ""Se, 821.
402 1.1
From IGIS to 1640 Irviue was the scene of the labours of David
Dickson, the minister who connected Glasgow wi'h Irvine, emi-
nent as a divine, and author of a poem that moved life in the
memory of religious men, and of men who loved poetry, for
generations yet unborn. Irvine is also tho birtlipbiee of janies
Montgornerie, author of the "World before the Flood," &c. but
mrire i\idely known as the author of the hymn commencing
' Prayer is the fouI's sincere desire." He was born 4tli November,
1771, in a little back d\\elling still standing in the street leading to
the railway station; the small room in which the father preached
is now occupied asa bonnet factory. In 1841 he visited his birth-

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