MAYBOLE, 1837 - Ayrshire Directory by Pigot and Co

Maybole is a small, neat, market and post town, the capital of the parish of its name and the district of Carrick; 87 miles sw from Edinburgh, 52 n from Portpatrick, 44 ssw from Glasgow, 25 w from Ballantrae, 22 s from Kilmarnock, 12 n by e from Girvan, and between 8 and 9 s from Ayr; situate in a most delightful part of the country, on the face of a gentle eminence wit a southerly exposure, and surrounded by lovely scenery, formed of parks, highly cultivated, and hill and dale, with a sea-view of the "busy Firth of Clyde" opening on the west.

Maybole was created a free burgh of barony on 14th November, 1516, and a grant to Gilbert Earl of Cassilis, the patron, and to the provost and prebendaries of the collegiate church of Maybole, to which belonged the lands whereon the town stands. In October, 1639, an act, ordaining the head court of Carrick to be held at Maybole, was passed by the Lords of the Articles.

The streets of the town are narrow, and contain no eminently fine places or public buildings; but it nevertheless possesses, in a certain degree, a character of massive magnificence seldom seen in much larger places. This is attributable to the circumstance of its having been, in former times, the winter residence of many of the noble and baronial families of the neighbourhood, some of whose mansions yet standing, with their turrets, impart an air of antique dignity to the houses around. Several of the dwellings now inhabited by weavers bear a venerable aspect, and doubtless were at a distant period the domiciles of more dignified personages. The mansion-house or castle of the Cassilis family is the finest surviving specimen of the winter seats formerly existing in Maybole; it is a stately well built structure, situate at the east end of the town, and is said to have been the residence of the repudiated Countess of Cassilis. The building now used as a town-hall belonged to the Kennedys of Blairquhar.

The principal business carried on here is weaving for the Glasgow houses, in which branch there are many local agents employed, and many families indefatigably occupied. The collegiate church has been for some time in ruins, and the ground appropriated as a private cemetery for the Cassilis family. A church of the national establishment, and one of the seceders or burghers, comprised the religious edifices until the 28th June, 1824, when the first stone of a Methodist chapel was laid; the Church of England service, however, is performed in the subscription school once a month. The parochial school dispenses instruction to about 170 boys and girls, who are taught all the sciences (?) and some of the polite branches of literature.

Yearly and quarterly meetings of the 'Carrick Farmers' Society' are held in the town-hall; the annual one is on the first Thursday of August, and the quarterly on the first Thursday in the months of February, May and November; the quarterly in August merges in the yearly assemblage.

A "Knox" club was instituted in 1824, for the purpose of communicating the serious exertions of that extraordinary man.

In the vicinity are many interesting objects, among which is the celebrated ruin called Crossraguel (noticed in the sketch of Kirkoswald); Kilbenzie Castle, now in a similar state of dilapidation, once belonging to a branch of the Cassilis family, who were for a long period hereditary bailles of Carrick; and the remains of Greenan Castle half a mile from the town. Ancient coins have been frequently found, and a vast quantity was some years ago discovered, in fine preservation, in this district. In the neighbourhood are two remarkably fine springs of water, popularly named 'St Cuthbert's and 'Well-trees'; the latter is said to yield ten thousand imperial gallons per hour.

The market is held on Thursday, and there are the following annual fairs; Candlemass Fair, the second Thursday of February; Beltan Fair, the second Tuesday of May; Lammas Fair, the second Tuesday of August; and the Halloween Fair, the second Tuesday of November.

Culroy

Culroy is a small village in the parish of Maybole, three miles and a half from that town, and on the road to Ayr, from which it is five miles and a half distant.

POST OFFICE

Maybole, William Rennie, Post master - Letters from Glasgow and England arrive every night at ten, and are despatched every night at a quarter past nine - Letters from Portpatrick and Ireland arrive every night at a quarter past nine, and are despatched every night at ten.

GENTRY AND CLERGY:
Ballentine, James, esq of Blairston Bell, Capt. John, Sunnyside
Campbell, Mrs Agnes, New yards Crawford, William esq, of Doonside
Ferguson, John esq, of Monkwood Grey, Rev George, Manse, Kirkland
Hutchinson, Mrs Mary, New yards Kelso, Mr Archibald, Sawchrie
Logan, Mrs Agnes, Mayburgh cottage McTyer, Mrs Janet, of Red brae
Ramsey, Mrs Helen, St John's Rankine, James esq, Broch
Rankine, John esq, Knockdaw Rankine, James MD Otterdon
Thompson, Rev John Wilson, Miss Margaret, Duncanland
 
ACADEMIES AND SCHOOLS
Gray, Elizabeth, Duncanland McCaig, John, Calrow
McGarragh, James, Wilson square McMaster, Hugh, Burns
McNab, Thomas, Kirkland Nicholson, Eliza & Jane, Whitehall st
Parochial School, the Green - Rev John Inglis, master Subscription School, Dangerland str
 
AGENTS TO MANUFACTURERS (for Glasgow Weaving):
Brown, David, High st Dunlop, Robert, High st
Gibson, Matthew, Weaver vennel Gundie, William, High st
McMillan, Richard, Kirkland Murdock, James, High st
Shaw, Thomas, High st White, Robert (& Paisley muslins), New yards
White, Robert, Whitehall st  
 
BAKERS:
Cathcart, Elizabeth, High st Gibson, David, High st
Main, James, High st Sinclair, Peter, High st
 
BANKERS:
Ayr Bank (Branch) - (draws on Hunter & Co, Ayr, Royal Bank, Glasgow, Sir William Forbes & Co, Edinburgh, and Herries, Farquhar and Co, London) - William Niven, agent Ayrshire Bank (Branch) - ( draws on Royal Bank, Edinburgh and Glasgow & Williams, Deacon & Co, London) - Wm Brown, agent
 
BLACKSMITHS:
Black, William, Curral glen Haswell, John, New yards
Heterick, Alexander, Culroy Livingstone, John, Well path
Merry, James, High st  
 
BOOKSELLERS AND STATIONERS:
Campbell, William, (and bookbinder), Kirk wynd Porteous, Mitchelson (and printer), High st
 
BOOT AND SHOE MAKERS:
Baird, Thomas, High st Crawford, Charles, Weaver vennel
Forsythe, William, School vennel Gammel, Alexander, Kirkland
Gibson, Adam, Culroy Gray, Gilbert, High st
Gray, James, School vennel Kerr, Robert, School vennel
McCrindle James, Green side McCrindle, Robert, High st
McTyer, John, High st Muir, James, High st
Ross, John, New yards Wilson, David, Culroy
 
CARPENTERS AND JOINERS:
Dick, Quintin, Drumellon st Ferguson, Hugh, High st
Gardiner, John, Culroy Goodall, Alexander, Kirkland
Haswell, John, New yards Hunter, Allan, Reform place
Jamieson, James, Culroy Kerr, James, School vennel
McKall, William, Whitehall st McLachlan, Campbell, Kirk wynd
McRonald, Thomas, Green side Rennie, Thomas Green head
Ross, William, Whitehall st Shaw, John, Knox st
Stewart, William, Maybole  
 
COOPERS:
Dalziel, William, High st Osborne, John, High st
 
DRUGGISTS:
Cook, Alexander, High st Hattorn, Fergus, High st
McFarlane, William, High st  
   
DYERS:  
Begg, John, Kirk wynd Stellie, John, Reform place
   
FIRE & OFFICE AGENTS:  
Caledonian, Wm Nevin, High st Scottish Amicable, Walter Andrews, New yards
Scottish Equitable, Wm Rennie, High st Scottish Union, William Brown, High street
West of Scotland, Walter Andrews, New yards  
 
FLESHERS:
Kerr, Robert, School vennel McCreath, John, Inche's close
Murray, Hugh, Knox st Porteous, John, High st
Sinclair, John, Market close  
 
GROCERS & SPIRIT DEALERS;
Baird, James, High st Baird, Margaret, High st
Brown, David, Whitehall st Crawford, James, High st
Dunlop, Robert, Welltrees Eaglesham, Robert, High st
Edgar, James, Weaver vennel Ferguson, Hugh, High st
Girvan, Hugh, Weaver vennel Goudie, William, High st
Gray, James, High st Gray, John, High st
Hannay, John, Kirk wynd Henderson, William, Kirkland
McClure, Catherine, New yards McIlwraith, Thomas, New yards
McMillan, Richard, Kirkland McMurtrie, James, Kirk wynd
McTyer, Elizabeth, High st Marshall, William, Weaver vennel
Murdock, James, Neilson, Edward, High st
Orr, Jane, High st Pollock, William, New yards
Porteous, John, High st Reid, Francis, Whitehall
Roy, John, Weaver vennel Stewart, Jane, High st
Thomson, Alexander, High st White, Robert, New yards
White, Robert, Whitehall st  
 
INNS:
Cassilis, John Pollock, High st King's Arms (and livery stables), James Rennie, High st
Sun, James Brownlee, High st  
 
IRONMONGERS:
McKall, William, High st Rennie, William, (and stamp distributor), High st
 
LIBRARIES:
Agricultural society's, High st, - William Brown, librarian Porteous, Mitchelson (circulating), High st
Subscription Reading Room, High st, - Robt. Eaglesham, mangr Town Library, Mitchelson Porteous, librarian
 
LINEN & WOOLLEN DRAPERS:
Baird, Andrew, High st Bryce, William, High st
Dunn, James, High st Dunn, Thomas, High st
Galloway, John, High st Gibson, John May, High st
McCubbin, John, Kirklands Muir, Alexander, High st
Rennie, William, High st  
 
MESSENGERS:
Bell, Thomas, Maybole Hannay, William, School vennel
 
MILLINERS AND DRESS MAKERS:
Balfour, Elizabeth, (& stay maker), Duncanland Brackenridge, Margaret Jesse (and straw hat maker)
Crawford, Jane, High st Crawford, Janet, Maybole
Gardner, Margaret, Kirk wynd Girvan, Agnes, Duncanland
Gray, Margaret, McCrindle, Jane (& straw hat maker)
McCrindle, Margt. (& straw hat maker) Murray, Anna Bella
Patterson, Jane (milliner) Rennie, Janet, Green head
Ross, Sarah, High st Shaw, Ann
Stewart, Ellen, High st White, Mary (straw hat maker)
 
NAIL MAKERS:
Fisher, William, Maybole Livingston, John, Well path
 
PAINTERS:
Allen, Maxwell (& glazier), Maybole Shaw, Thomas, Whitehall
 
PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS:
Cooke, Alexander (surgeon), High st Girvan, William, MD
Hathorn, Fergus, MD, High st Logan, Hugh, High st/
McFarlane, William, High st McTyer, William, MD, Red brae
 
SADDLERS:
Cathcart, George, High st Ramsey, James, Whitehall
Wilson, Primrose Kennedy, High st  
 
SHOPKEEPERS & DEALERS IN SUNDRIES:
Alexander, Hugh, Maybole Bryce, Alexander, Maybole
Campbell, William, Grey st Cook, James, Maybole
Graham, John, Maybole Hunter, Allen, Reform place
Kerr, Robert, Maybole Milligan, Thomas, Maybole
Sym, William, Maybole Templeton, James, Culroy
Wale, John, Maybole Wallace, John, Maybole
Wilson, Gilbert, Culroy  
 
STONE MASONS:
Gilmour and Hamilton, Maybole McClure, James, Mason row
Wilson, Gilbert, Culroy  
 
TAILORS:
Aird, James, Culroy Alexander, John, High st
Fulton, John, Maybole Kennedy, David, Maybole
McKay, Edward, Kirk wynd McKay, Neil, Kirkland
McCubbin, Andrew, Kirkland McMurtrie, David (& clothier), High st
McQuater, Thomas, High st Maxwell, Archibald, High st
Stewart, Quintan, High st Watson, John (& clothier), New yards
 
TIN-PLATE WORKERS:
Cowan, Richard, High st Sim, James, Post-office st
 
VINTERS:
Black, William, Maybole Cunningham, Wm, (Coach & Horses), Culroy
Edgar, James, Maybole Gibson, Ann, School vennel
Girvan, Hugh, (Black Bull), Kirkland Lamont, John, Culroy
McJannet, William, Kirkland McKlune, James, Maybole
Merry, James, High st Murray, Hugh, (Red Lion), Knox st
Purden, Robert, Maybole Ramsey, John, Maybole
Tennant, Euphemin, (Buck's Head), Kirkland  
 
WATCH & CLOCK MAKERS:
Kennedy, John, High st/ Kennedy, John jnr, High st
Logan, Thomas, High st  
 
WRITERS AND NOTARIES:
Andrews, Walter, New yard Brown, William, Maybole
Hannay, William, Maybole  
 
MISCELLANEOUS:
Andrews, Walter, district procurator fiscal, New yard Bell, David, tea dealer, Maybole
Bell, Thomas, auctioneer, Back vennel Brownlee, James, farrier, High st
Cowan, Richard, plumber, High st Crawford, Hugh, tanner, High st
Fulton, John, veterinary surgeon, High st Gas Works, Dangerland - Thos McMurtrie, manager
Hannah, Wm, barber and cutler, Kirkland Johnston, John, excise gauger, Maybole
Lamont, James, woollen manufactr, Culroy McClatchie, John, grain dealer, New yards
Neil, Janet, tallow chandler, Maybole Reid, James Hamilton, road surveyor, Duncanland
Stewart, John, wig maker, High st  
 
PLACES OF WORSHIP:
Church of Scotland, New yards - Rev George Gray
Church of England Subscription School
Burghers' Chapel, Knox street - Rev John Thomson
Methodist Chapel, Wilson Sq

COACHES:

To Ayr, the 'Robert Burns' (from Girvan) calls at the King's Arms, every Tuesday and Friday morning at eight; and the 'Earl of Cassilis', from the Cassilis Inn, at half past eight the same mornings.

To Girvan, the 'Robert Burns' (from Ayr) calls at the King's Arms, every Tuesday and Friday evening at six.

To Glasgow, the 'Royal Mail' (from Portpatrick), calls at the King's Arms every night at nine.

To Portpatrick, the 'Royal Mail' (from Glasgow) calls at the King's Arms Inn, every night at half past nine and goes through Stranraer.

CARRIERS:

To Ayr, William Drynan, from the Cassilis Inn, every Tuesday, and James Kennedy, from his house almost daily.

To Girvan, William Drynan, from the Cassilis Inn, every Tuesday, and Robert Hannah, once a week.

To Glasgow, Robert Hannah, from the Cassilis Inn, and John Dunn, from Greenside, every Tuesday.

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

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