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Barr - 1837 - Ayrshire Directory by Pigot and Co

A small neat village, lying on the banks of the rivers Gregg and Stinchar, is distant from Girvan 8 miles, and from Ayr 24. It contains a very neat church (of which the Rev Ebenezer Bradshaw Wallace is the minister), a parochial school-house, and a subscription library. The greatest part of the parish is intersected by the river Gregg; and about a mile from the village are the ruins of the old Kirk Dominae, where there is a hiring fair for servants on the first Saturday after the 26th May.

Barr parish is principally sheep pasture; its extent, twelve miles by nine. The chief landed proprietors of the entire district are the Most Noble the Marquess of Ailsa and Sir James Ferguson.

POST OFFICE:

James McCaa, Post master - Letters from Girvan arrive every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at half past ten, and are despatched in the afternoon of the same days at two.

SHOPKEEPERS, TRADERS &c
Baird, William, surgeon Caldwell, John, blacksmith
Ferguson, Wm, grocer & spirit dealer Fergusson, Thos, grazier, Dinmurchie
Forsyth, Geo, boot and shoe maker Forsyth, Janet, vinter
Forsyth, John, boot and shoe maker Gibb, Geo, shopkeeper and teacher
Kennedy, John, joiner & cartwright McCaa, Jas, shopkeeper and cartwright
McCraken, Robert, blacksmith McCreedy, Andrew, tailor
McCubbin, George, tailor McGarvie, John, vinter
McKinnan, Jno(?), cartwright & joiner McMurtrie, John, Innkeeper
Pringle, Wm, cartwright & joiner Walker, Stephen, master of the parochial school, and librarian of the subscription library

CARRIERS:

To Ayr - William Harrison and John Thomson every Friday, and John Cowleson every alternate Tuesday.

To Glasgow - Matthew Dickie every alternate Tuesday.

This transcript was kindly provided by Keith Muirhead from Queensland.

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