DALMELLINGTON, 1837 (Ayrshire Directories by Pigot & Co)

A burgh of barony is 72 miles sw from Edinburgh, 49 s of Glasgow, 42 nw of Dumfries, 24 sse of Kilmarnock, 15 se of Ayr, 14 e of Maybole, 12 s of Old Cumnock, and 6 to the eastward of Straiton. This thriving little place is pleasantly situate on the north bank of the water of Doon, and near the base of an eminence, from the summit of which a fine view is obtained of the varied character, comprising rude and lofty mountains and the softer features of cultivation.

The manufacture of carpets, blankets and plaiding, and the weaving of cotton goods, together with the coal-mines in the neighbourhood, furnish employment to the many of the industrious class. These mines are at present leased to Mr Wm Sloss, of the "Cross Keys" a very comfortable inn here; the coal, which is obtained by an exceedingly simple method, is sold for the low price of 2s 4d per ton. Besides the trading importance enjoyed by the town, it derives some advantage from resorts of parties of pleasure and for fishing; those who intend to partake of the latter entertainment will find on the banks of the Doon neat boats, furnished by the proprietors of the two good Inns in this place, the "Cross Keys" and the "Black Bull".

The loch is a beautiful sheet of water, with a hard rocky shore, extending six miles in length, and abounding in trout of fine flavour. On an island in the lake are the remains of Hallock Castle. Some years since a fishing party discovered, at the bottom of the loch, what appears to be boats; and having obtained the necessary assistance, they succeeded in raising three canoes - the largest measuring 24 feet in length by 4 in breadth, and hewn out of a solid log of oak; two were much decayed, but the third was so little impaired as to allow of its being floated on the surface, with a person in it for a considerable time.

In Dalmellington are a public and private library, and a reading-room well furnished with standard works, periodicals and newspapers; a sum has been left in trust for the support of the latter and the private library, and for the education of a certain number of children. The parish, which is ten miles in length by about three in breadth, belongs principally to the Honourable Colonel F. MacAdam Cathcart of Berleith and his lady.

Fairs are held in March, May and December.

Post Office: Robert Smith - Postmaster - Letters from Ayr arrive every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at one, and are despatched every Monday, Wednesday and Friday forenoon at eleven.

GENTRY & CLERGY

McAdam, Mrs Elizabeth (of Craigengillan) Camlarg Lodge
Cathcart, Hon. Colonel Frederick McAdam of Berbith
Houston, Rev. Robert Manse

INNS

Black Bull, Duncan Wright

Cross Keys, William Sloss and joiner and lessee of Camlarg Coal Mines

SHOPKEEPERS & TRADERS

Arthur, William - shopkeeper Baird, Jane - grocer & spirit dealer
Dempster, William - grocer & flesher Edgar, David - agent for Spring Garden bleachfield
Ferguson, Agnes - shopkeeper Gammel, Thomas - agent for Glasgow tartan weaving
Gregg, Mary - shopkeeper Grierson, John - mason
Hannah, Andrew - tailor Hetrick, Robert - blacksmith
Hewlison, Jas - waulk & dying mills Hogg, William - tailor
Howitson, James - shoemaker Jamieson, John - surgeon
Kay, William - flesher McCulloch, Mary - grocer & spirit dealer
McEwan, John - tailor McGill, Thomas - boot & shoemaker
McKay, William - boot & shoemaker McLimont, John - boot & shoemaker
McLimont, Mary - dress maker McMicken, John - tailor
McMicken, William - shopkeeper McMurtrie, Dav - joiner & cartwright
McMurtrie, Elizabeth - shopkeeper McWhirter, John - baker
Reid, James - surgeon Rowan, Janet - shopkeeper
Simpson, David - tailor Smith, Robert - grocer, spirit dealer & joiner
Templeton, Thomas - watch and clock maker Walker, John - grazier Bellsbank
Walker, John jnr - grazier Light Walker, William - shopkeeper
Wallace, Thomas - grocer & draper Weir, David - ironmonger & draper
Welsh, John - blacksmith Wight, James - joiner
Wight, William - carpet, blanket and plaiding manufacturer Willet, Duncan - shopkeeper & agent for Glasgow weaving
Wilson, Janet - linen draper  

PRIVATE LIBRARY & READING ROOM

Reid, James - surgeon, librarian

SUBSCRIPTION LIBRARY, PAROCHIAL SCHOOL

Hewitson, John - librarian

SCHOOLS

COACH

CARRIERS

This transcript was kindly provided by Keith Muirhead from the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.

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