STRAITON & PATNA, 1837 (Ayrshire Directories by Pigot & Co)
Straiton is a neat village, in the parish of its name and District of Carrick; 80 miles sw from Edinburgh, 26 s from Kilmarnock, 14 s by e from Ayr, the like distance w from Girvan, 8 se from Maybole, the like distance ne from Dailly and 6 sw from Dalmellington, finely situated on the banks of the Girvan and on the road leading from Glasgow to Newton-Stewart, 48 miles s by w from the former and 30 miles w from the latter town. The parish which extends about fifteen miles in length by five in breadth, consists for the most part of pasture land, the surface especially in the south-east, being wild and rocky, intersperced with a number of small lakes, there is, however a considerable supply of natural wood and several extensive plantations, and besides the Girvan and lakes, it is watered by the Doon.
The inhabitants are chiefly employed in weaving. About half a mile south of the village are the vestiges of an oblong entrenchment, from which an extensive view is commanded, about this spot, the artificial work on which must be presumed to be of Roman origin, various ancient relics have been found, particularly two carved vases, or urns, containing ashes.
Straiton has a neat parish church, and a parochial school. The Marquess of Allan, the Hon. Colonel F.M.Cathcart and Sir Davis Hunter Blain are the proprietors of the land, the last named gentleman has a mansion at Quhan in the parish.
Patna is a small village, in the parish of Straiton, situate on the banks of the Doon, which abounds with trout. Lime and Coal are obtained plentifully in this neighbourhood, and give employment to the villagers.
Straiton: Hugh Kerr - Postmaster Letters from Maybole arrive (by penny post) every morning at ten and are despatched every afternoon at three.
GENTRY & CLERGY
Blair, Sir David Hunter (of Blair) Quhan
Paton, Rev. Robert - Manse
Alexander, Peter Kerr, Andrew - Patna
Moore, David Murdoch, Wm
SHOPKEEPERS, TRADERS ETC
|Alexander, Alex - tailor and draper||Blain, Stewart - blacksmith|
|Chalmers, James - tailor and draper||Dick, John - tailor - Patna|
|Dick, Thomas - shoemaker - Patna||Douglas, Hugh - joiner and cartwright|
|Guthrie, Walter - shopkeeper||Kennedy, David - joiner and cartwright|
|McCall, John - shoemaker and shopkeeper||McCall, Wm - shoemaker and shopkeeper|
|McClure, John - shopkeeper and tartan cloth agent||McConachie, John - mason - Patna|
|McCoull, James - schoolmaster||McGill, Thomas - blacksmith|
|McQuater, James - blacksmith||Miller, John - blacksmith - Patna|
|Ramsey, Alexander - joiner and cartwright - Patna||Ramsey, Jas - joiner and cartwright - Patna|
To Ayr: Thomas McQuater - every Tuesday and Friday.
To Glasgow and Newton-Stewart - William McLurgh and Hugh Steel pass through twice a week.
This transcript was kindly provided by Keith Muirhead from the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.