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Pigot 1837

Torbolton, Failford, Stair, and Joppa
Ayrshire Directory - 1837
Pigot & Co


Torbolton or Tarbolton, is an attractive village, in the parish of its name and district of Kyle, 12 miles se from Irvine, 8 s from Kilmarnock, and 7 nne from Ayr; situate about five miles from the shore of the Firth of Clyde, surrounded by a fine country, and occupying a considerable space of ground, which is intersperced with some very handsome houses.

The church, rather an elegant structure, having a beautiful spire, surmounted by a clock with four dials, was completed in 1821, and cost upwards of £2,500. A neat chapel for burghers, a Sabbath school, and several benefit societies, are in the village; there is also a subscription library. The parish is about seven and a half miles in length, and its average breadth about four and a half. The Duke of Portland, the Earl of Ellingtoun, W A Cunningham, Esq., and Colonel Thomas Hunter Blair, are the principal heritors.

A fair is held on the first Tuesday in June, and on the first Wednesday in November.


Failford is a small village in the parish of Torbolton, three miles from that place. A manufactory for razor hones and strops, of a pecular and excellent description, is carried on here by the inventor, Mr Smith; the cases are veneered with wood, and are finished much in the same style as the admired Scotch snuffboxes, forming an elegant and useful appendage to the dressing case.


The parish of Stair is in the district of Kyle, lying on the south or right bank of the river Ayr, and extending six miles in length, by about two in breadth; it was first erected into an independant parish in 1653, when it was severed from Ochiltree for the accommodation of the noble family of Dalrymple, of Stair. The village of Stair, which comprises but a few dwellings and a neat parish church, is about two miles and a half from Torbolton; its situation is most romantic, and many highly ornamental mansions add tot he beauty of the surrounding country. The neighbourhood abounds with mines of coal. The earldom of Stair is now merged in that of Dumfries; and the principal heritors of the land, at the present day, are Lord Glencoe and Sir James Boswell.


Joppa is a village in the parish of Coylton, five miles from Ayr. The church, which was erected in 1833, is a handsome structure, and contains sittings for seven hundred and fifty persons. The parish, which is adjacent to the west border of the district of Kyle, is about five miles in length, by about two in breadth.


Torbolton, Henry Gibson, Post master - Letters from Kilmarnock arrive every morning at nine, and are despatched every afternoon at three.

Bogle, George, esq., Enterkine Brown, Mr Robert, Torbolton
Burnett, Joseph, esq., of Gadgirth Caldwell, James, esq., Smithfield
Cooper, ___, esq., (of Failford), Smithfield house Duncan, Rev. Alex, Coylton manse
Glenlee, Hon, Lord, Birskemming Gray, Mr Matthew, Torbolton
Hamilton, John, esq., of Sandrum Hay, John Stewart, esq., Collsfield
Heron, William, esq., Stair Ritchie, Rev. ____ Manse, Torbolton
Rorison, Rev. William, Manse, Stair Stewart, Miss Grace, Afton lodge
Stobo, Captain John, Torbolton  
McClement, John, Coylton Muir, Andrew, Stair
Walker, R. Torbolton  
Clark, Robert, Torbolton Curie, David, Torbolton
Dunlop, Andrew, Torbolton Dunlop, John, Torbolton
Finlay, Bartholomew, Torbolton Strathdee, John & Ellen, Torbolton
Bryan, George, Torbolton Smith, Robert, Torbolton
Barr, William, Stair Cuthbert, James, Joppa
Simpson, James, Stair Thom, Charles, Coylton
Wight, Jas (and farrier), Torbolton Wight, John, Torbolton
Wilson, David, Torbolton  
Crawford, John, Torbolton Drinnan, Robert, Torbolton
Hunter, William, Stair Lees, James, Torbolton
Lees, John, Torbolton McGregor, Hugh, Torbolton
McMaster, John, Torbolton McMillan, James, Joppa
Smith, Thomas, Torbolton Somerville, John, Joppa
Dickie, Matthew, Torbolton McIntyre, Archibald, Stair
Stewart, John, Torbolton Wood, William, Joppa
Arthur, George, Joppa Wright, James, Torbolton
McClement, George, Torbolton Oliver, Hugh, Torbolton
Brown, James, (and hardwareman), Torbolton Gibson, Henry, Torbolton
Brown, Hugh, Milton Smith, John, (& razor strop), Failford
Lennox, James, Milton Stone, Robert, Torbolton
Drinnan, William, Torbolton Dunlop, Robert, Milton
Hay, Margaret, Failford Highet, John, Torbolton
Kerr, William, Stair McConnell, Gilbert, Torbolton
Reid, Andrew, Torbolton Thompson, James, Torbolton
Weddell, Robert, Torbolton  
Drinnan, William, Torbolton Gibson, John, Joppa
McConnell, William, Torbolton  
Gibson, John, Torbolton Provan, C. Joppa
Robertson, Humphrey, Torbolton Stevenson, James, Torbolton
Hood, William, Torbolton McCosh, Thomas, Torbolton
Smith, William, Joppa  
Arthur, George, Joppa Brown, Jas, (Cross Keys), Torbolton
Dick, John, Torbolton Donaldson, James, Failford
Dunlop. Jno., (Black Bull), Torbolton Dunlop, Robert, Milton
Fisher, Andrew, Torbolton Fisher, Mattw., (Cunningham Arms), Torbolton
Hillhouse, William, (Plough), Stair McClownan, Andrew, Joppa
McGill, James, Coal hill, Stair McJennet, Jas, (Crown), Torbolton
Oliver, Hugh, (Thistle), Torbolton Oliver, William, Torbolton
Pearson, Hugh, Failford Reid, William, Joppa
Thom, Charles, Coylton Thomson, John, Joppa
Andrew, Margaret, milliner &c, Torbolton Boyle, Robert, brick maker, Joppa
Dawson, David, watch & clock maker, Torbolton Hill, Robert, nail maker, Torbolton
Hopkin, James, saddler, Torbolton McKnight, Alex, stocking manfr, Torbolton
Murdock, James, tea dealer, Failford  

CARRIERS (from Torbolton):

To Ayr, Andrew Fisher, John Highet and William Dunlop, every Friday To Glasgow, John Highet and William Dunlop, every Tuesday.

To Kilmarnock, Andrew Fisher, every Wednesday.

This transcript was kindly provided by Keith Muirhead from Queensland.