NEWMILNS AND DARVEL, 1837 Ayrshire Directory by Pigot and Co

Newmilns is a neat market and manufacturing town, and burgh of barony, in the parish of Loudoun and district of Cunningham; 24 miles s of Glasgow, 18 ne of Ayr, 7 e by s of Kilmarnock, and 16 n of Cumnock; situate on the bank of the river Irvine, about two miles e from the village of Galston.

It was made a burgh of barony by King James IV, in 1490; and the charter was confirmed by Sir Matthew Campbell of Loudoun, in 1566. The bailies are competent to hold courts, from which there is no appeal, except to the courts of session; and in other respects their jurisdiction is as ample as that of most royal burghs.

The weaving of muslins is carried on here extensively, one thousand hands being employed in this branch of manufacture. The places of worship are an established church, and a meeting-house of the united secession body. The parochial school, and a Sabbath evening school, are both well attended; in the latter, about three hundred children of the working classes receive instruction.

The Marquess of Hastings, having married the heiress of Loudoun, is the superior of the burgh; Thomas Brown Esq., of Waterhaaughs, also has considerable property, and is superior of a village adjoining, called Greenholm.

The market is well supplied with the necessary articles of consumption. There are four annual fairs, namely, the the first Thursday in February, the third Wednesday in May, the fourth Thursday in August, and the fourth Wednesday in October.

DARVEL

Is a small village, in the same parish as New Milns. In this neighbourhood is Loudoun castle, the seat of the Marquess of Hastings, a mansion of modern erection and great elegance, in the castellated style of architecture, situate amidst some fine grounds near the Irvine river; the 'woods and braes' of Loudoun furnish a theme for one of Tannahill's best songs. The Marchioness of Hastings munificently erected a school in this village, which is still maintained by the family.

Post Office, Main street, Newmilns, Nicol Brown, Post master - Letters from Kilmarnock &c arrive every morning at nine, and are despatched every afternoon at half past three.

NOBILITY, GENTRY AND CLERGY
Brown, Thomas, esq (of Waterhaughs), Lanfine Bruce, Rev. John, MA, Somervalbank
Hastings the Most Noble the Marquess of, Loudoun castle Lawrie, Rev. Archibald, DD., Manse
Patrick, Capt. Jas., Loudoun cottage Rogerson, Rev. Archibald, Darvel
 
ACADEMIES AND SCHOOLS
Brown, James, Greenholm Haddow, Alexander, New Milns
Marchioness of Hastings' School, Darval, - John Lyon Campbell, master Parochial School, New Milns - Andrew Campbell, master
 
AGENTS TO MANUFACTURERS
Brown, John, Main st Gemmell, James, Main st
Hood, James, Greenholm Mair, Archibald, Main st
Millar, William, Main st Morton, James, Main st
 
BAKERS
Richmond, John, Main st Smith, Alexander, Main st
Smith, Hugh, Main st Smith, Hugh, Darvel
 
BLACKSMITHS
Bryson, Thomas, Darvel Morton, Alexander, Darvel
Neil, James, New Milns Nisbet, Matthew, New Milns
 
BOOT AND SHOE MAKERS
Aird, John, Darvel Brown, Andrew, Main st
Clelland, Gavin, Darvel Leaper, James, Darvel
Morton, John, Darvel Morton, Robert, Darvel
Richmond, Hugh, Main st Richmond, James, Darvel
Torrance, David, Main st  
 
CARPENTERS AND JOINERS
Hamilton, Thomas, Main st Hood, John, Main st
Mair, John, Darvel Miller, Thomas, Main st
Mitchell, Archibald, Main st Nisbet, Thomas, Main st
Peden, Alexander, Greenholm Young, William, Darvel
 
CARTWRIGHTS
Bertram, John, Darvel Ellison, David, Greenholm
Mair, James, New Milns  
 
FLESHERS
Barrie, John, Main st/ Haddow, Robert, Main st
Reid, Alexander Boswell, Main st  
 
GROCERS AND SPIRIT DEALERS
Boyd, Ann, Main st Brown, Nicol, Main st
Fleming, James (& cheese dealer), Darvel Fleming, Thomas (& cheese dealer), Darvel
Gemell, James, Main st Gibbie, Henry, Darvel
Haddow, George & Co, Main st Hamilton, Thomas, Main st
Hood, John, Main st Howie, Thomas, Darvel
Laurie, Nicol Brown, Main st McPherson, James, Main st
Morton, Alexander, Darvel Morton, James, Main st
Morton, Robert, (& auctioneer), Main st Nisbet, George, Main st
Reid, Alexander Boswell, Main st Richmond, John, Darvel
Smith, George, Main st  
 
INNKEEPERS AND VINTERS
Anderson, James, Darvel Gray, James, Main st
McKenley, Samuel, Darvel Morton, Elizabeth, Main st
Morton, James, Darvel Smith, Hugh, Main st
Wilson, Robert, Darvel Wilson, William, (Black Bull Inn & posting house), Main st
 
LINEN & WOOLLEN DRAPERS
Haddow, George, and Co, Main st Lawrie, Nicol Brown, Main st
Morton, Alexander, Darvel  
 
MILLERS
Loudoun, James, New Milns Mitchell, James, Darvel mill
 
MUSLIN MANUFACTURERS
Cameron, James, Main st Mackay, Archibald, Main st
Mair, Archibald, Main st Morton, Adam, Main st
Morton, John, Main st Parker, John jnr, Greenholm
Paton, Alexander, Main st Smith, James, Main st
Young, William, Greenholm  
 
STONE MASONS
Donaldson, Robert Carrick, Main st Moore, William, Main st
Paterson, John, Darvel Richard, Joseph, Darvel
Thom, Alexander, Darvel  
 
TAILORS
Cameron, Nicol, Main st Campbell, John, Main st
Goldie, Andrew, Darvel Kilpatrick, John, Main st
Miller, John, Darvel Morton, Alexander, Darvel
Waddel, William, Darvel  
 
WRITER
Hendrie, Jno. (& town clerk), Main st  
 
PLACES OF WORSHIP
Established Church, New Milns - Rev. Archibald Lawrie, D.D. United Seccession, New Milns - Rev. John Bruce, A.M.
Reformed Presbytery, Darvel - Rev. Archibald Rogerson  

COACHES

To Ayr, the 'Marquess of Hastings' (from Edinburgh), calls at the Black Bull, New Milns, every afternoon at half past two.

To Edinburgh, the 'Marquess of Hastings' (from Ayr), calls at the Black Bull, New Milns, every morning at half past ten.

CARRIERS

To Glasgow, Alexander & John Mair, from New Milns, every Monday and Thursday, and Thomas Fleming, from Darvel, every Monday.

To Kilmarnock, John Howie, from New Milns, every Tues and Fri, and Robert Taylor, from Darvel, every Fri.

To Strathaven, Robert Taylor, from Darvel, every Thursday.

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

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