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.
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|
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 the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.