Pigot 1837


Saltcoats and Stevenston
1837 - Ayrshire Directory
Pigot and Co


Saltcoats is a sea-port, partly in the parish of Stevenston and partly in that of Ardrossan; 74 miles wsw from Edinburgh, 30 sw from Glasgow, 19 n from Ayr, 14 w by n from Kilmarnock, and one from Ardrossan: eligibly situate on the Firth of Clyde, near to its northern extremity. The general appearance of this town is far from prepossessing, but its situation and proximity to Ardrossan, the arrival and departure of the trading vessels, and the passing and repassing of the different steam-packets and railway carriages, all contribute to give life to this ancient place; a spirit of improvement is becoming manifest with the inhabitants; and the town, it is expected, will be lighted with gas before this work is published.

About 170 years ago, Salt-cots (then so called) consisted only of a small number of cots or cottages, the inhabitants of which obtained a livelihood by making salt in kettles. But at the beginning of the last century, a harbour being constructed for the convenience of shipments of coal, the produce of the mines in this neighbourhood, the little hamlet began to assume the semblance of a village; it is but in recent years, however, that it has risen to any note. During the late war [The French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars ending in 1815] this place possessed an extensive trade, and ship-building was carried on with great spirit; but since the peace its commerce has been much reduced, and it is now nearly confined to the importation of timber, and the exportation of coals to Ireland, in which trade there are sometimes about forty vessels employed.

The manufacture of salt here is considerable, and a great number of looms are employed in the weaving of muslins, &. for the Glasgow and Paisley markets. A branch of the Irvine custom-house transacts the revenue business, and the proprietors of the Ayrshire bank have a branch here; the house in which the business of the latter is transacted, and which is also the residence of the manager Mr. W.B.Orr, is a very handsome building, and an ornament to Raise Street in which it stands. Both at the east and west of the town are extensive chymical works, belonging to Messrs Burns and Son, who manufacture magnesia and epsom salts.

The principal Inns are the 'Saracen's Head', in Harbour street, and the 'King's Arms', in Bradshaw street, the former a good posting- house. The Town-house, the foundation of which was laid in 1825, consists of a spacious hall, with two smaller apartments adjoining, and a lock-up for prisoners: the edifice, which is surmounted by a steeple, is a prominent and effective object when approaching the town. A justice court, for the recovery of small debts, sits in this town once a month.

The places of worship are a church of the establishment, two others for the seccessional body, one for the relief synod, a Gaelic church, and a Baptist meeting-house. The children of the town have the advantage of free, parochial and Sabbath schools, and a library of religious and moral works. There are several benefit societies, which alleviate the suffering and relieve the necessities of the poor; and one of those establishments that must ever aid the impulse of industry and prudence - a savings bank.

An annual fair is held on the last Thursday in May.


Stevenston is a village in the parish of its name and district of Cunningham - situate one mile north-east of Saltcoats, and two south-west from Kilwinning. It consists chiefly of one street, half a mile in length; and derives its name from Stephen, or 'Steven', the son of Richard, who obtained a grant of lands from Richard Morville, Constable of Scotland; the latter, then a very celebrated man, died in 1189. Under this grant Steven settled here, and gave his patronymic designation to the place. The parish abounds with coal and freestone, of which large quantities are annually shipped.

The dairy and agricultural produce, comprising cheese, butter, wheat, oats, and potatoes, is likewise of considerable value. A great portion of the inhabitants of the village are employed in weaving, and through the agents here the works of their looms are conveyed to the Glasgow houses. The present church is a neat and handsome building, of modern erection. The old church belonged formerly to the monks of Kilwinning.

Yearly fairs are held on the second Friday in August and the 31st of October.


Quay street, Saltcoats, William Snodgrass, Post Master - The Kilmarnock, Irvine and Edinburgh mails arrive every morning at eight, and are despatched every afternoon at four.

Post Office, Stevenston, Robert Forrest Scott, Post Master - the Irvine and Kilmarnock mails arrive every morning at eight, and are despatched every afternoon at half-past four.

Bell, John Esq, Raise stBlack, Mrs, Hamilton st
Blair, Rev. James, Raise stBolton, Mrs, Sandylands
Brown, Hugh, Esq, Park endBrown, John Esq, Raise st
Bryce, Rev. John, ManseCrawford, James, Esq, Birkhead
Croker, Samuel Esq, Rock valeCunningham, Robt., Esq, of Sea bank
Currie, John, Esq, Hamilton stDow, Miss, Sandylands
Elles, Rev. James, Windmill stGiffen, Rev. James, Hill st
Hamilton, Col. Alexander of GrangeHamilton, Capt. James, Raise st
Henry, Mrs Mary, SandylandsHowie, John Esq, Hullerhirst
Jack, Mrs William, Raise stLandsborough, Rev. David, Manse, Stevenston
McFee, Capt. John, Raise stMartin, Major Alex. Mayville cottage
Miller, Robert, Esq, Raise stMiller, Capt. William, Sandylands
Muir, John Esq, of HayocksPoe, Captain, Sandylands
Reid, Boyd Esq, SandylandsRonald, Rev. David, Hamilton st
Roxburgh Mr Thomas, Raise stStevenson, Mr Robert, Raise st
Stewart, Wm. H. Esq, Hamilton stThomson, Mrs. Canal bank
Warner, Patrick Esq of ArdeerWoodrow, Miss, Hamilton st
Workman, Mrs Robert, Raise stYoung, Thomas Esq, of Springvale
Free School, Saltcoats - Helen Allen, mistressHeron, Daniel, Chapel st
Ormond, Hugh, StevenstonParochial School, Stevenston - John Crawford & Jas Orr, master
Shaw, Neil, Raise stSmith, Alexander, Hamilton st
Wakelin, William, Chapel st 
Aitken, James, Dockhead stBaird, Hugh, Dockhead st
Barclay, Robert, Raise stBolton, James, Chapelwell st
Boyd, Thomas, SandylandsCrawford, Alexander, Windmill st
Ferguson, Alexander, Dockhead stGordon, Gilbert, Sandylands
Smith, Andrew, Hamilton stSmith, James, Raise st
Thomson, David, Raise st 
Chalmers, Hugh, Quay stGibson, Gavin, Quay st
Jamieson, George, Dockhead stLeckie, William, Dockhead st
Logan, John, StevenstonMcAllister, Daniel, Green st
McMillan, John, Bradshaw stPoe, David, Quay st
Ayrshire Banking Co (Branch of), Raise st - (Draw on the Royal Bank, Edinburgh & Glasgow, & Williams, Deacon & Co, London). William Bowes Orr, manager.Savings Bank, Raise st - James Dunlop, manager.
Allan, James, StevenstonBarclay, John, Dockhead
Burns, William, Chapelwell stLambie, William, Stevenston
Miller, Thomas, Quay stRichie, Hugh, Raise st
Skoech, James & Co, Bradshaw stWilson, Amelia, Quay st
Wilson, John, Dockhead st 
Currie, Daniel, Dockhead stCurrie, John, Quay st
Galloway, John, Dockhead stGlossop, George, Quay st
Hamilton, Alison, Raise stMcKenzie, Donald, Bradshaw st
McKillop, John, Quay stMcMicken, William, Raise st
McNeil, James, Quay stScott, John, Stevenston
Shaw, Thomas, Bradshaw stSillars, Duncan, Dockhead st
Thomaon, James, Quay st 
King, Jean, Raise stMcMahon, Patrick, Quay st
Davidson, Daniel, Dockhead stMcArthur, Alexander, Raise st
Richie, James (and fish curer), Raise st 
Graham, Thomas, Quay st/Thomson, James, Raise st
Watt, William, Raise st 
Anderson, Robert (and tanner), Raise stCunningham, Alexander, Raise st
Scottish Amicable (Life) and West of Scotland (fire), Hugh Richie, Raise st
Baillie, Hugh, StevenstonCrawford, John, Dockhead st
Fleck, John, Raise stMcCall, John, Stevenston
McKillop, Daniel, Dockhead stMaitland, Margaret, Quay st
Adam, John, Raise stAuld, John, Stevenston
Boyd, John, Raise stBoyd, William, Raise st
Brown, Janet, Hamilton stBryce, Robert, Dockhead st
Chalmers, Hugh, Chapel stCraig, Helen, Harbour st
Davidson, Archibald, Dockhead stDunlop, James, Raise st
Fullarton, Adam, Dockhead stFullarton, Catherine, Dockhead st
Fulton, Andrew, StevenstonHodson, Elizabeth, Raise st
Howie, Alexander, StevenstonLockhart, William, Stevenston
McBride, James, Raise stMcBride, John, Raise st
McConechy, Alexander, Bradshaw stMcKillop, John, Green st
Miller, William, StevenstonMurchie, Peter, Quay st
Orr, Alexander, Raise stPennel, Joseph, Stevenston
Poe, Janet, Raise stReid, James, Chapel st
Robertson, Daniel, Dockhead stService, George, Raise st
Shedden, James, Dockhead stSmith, James, Stevenston
Snodgrass, William (and Stamp distributor) Quay stWilkie, Adam, Hamilton st
Bolton, John, Dockhead stGray, Robert, Raise st
King's Arms, Jas. Reid, Bradshaw stSaracen's Head (& posting house), Alexander Campbell, Harbour st
Alexander, Alexander, SandylandsArmour, William, Raise st
Baillie, Hugh (ship joiner), Green stBaillie, John, Raise st
Craig, William, Chapel stDickie, James, Stevenston
Hodge, James, Green stHunter, Alexander, Green st
Lusk, David, Quay stMiller, Thomas, Raise st
Scott, Thomas, StevenstonService, John, Raise st
Young, James, Stevenston 
Aitken, William, Dockhead stBaird, Alexander, Quay st
Davie, Matthew, Quay stEwing, Hugh, Quay st
Gemell, William, Quay stHow, John, Bradshaw st
Burns, William & Sons (carbonate and calcined) Sandylands
Davidson, Mary, Dockhead stGalt, Jean, Hill st
McDonald, Elizabeth, Harbour stMcDonald, Margaret, Harbour st
Moffat, Phoebe, Green stSkroech, Elizabeth & Janet, Raise st
Smith, Agnes, Stevenston 
Cooper, Peter, Chapelwell stLennart, John, Chapel st
Campbell, Boyd, SandylandsHogarth, Robert, Stevenston
Maule, Alexander, Dockhead st 
Burns, Willam & Sons (and Epsom salt and Magnesia ), SandylandsWarner & Cunningham, Sandylands
Brown, John jun, Dockhead stWillock, Jas (& nursery) Dockhead st
King, Peter, Hamilton stMcGill, Alexander, Chapelwell st
Mills, Joseph, Green stReid, Thomas, Hill st
Brown, James, Dockhead stDrinnan, John, Quay st
Wallace, Robert, Raise st 
Bennet, Robert, Hill stBryden, James, Raise st
Currie, Daniel, Green stHamilton, Archibald, Stevenston
Henry, John, Dockhead stHughs, Peter, Quay st
McBride, Andrew, Dockhead stMcBride, Thomas, Green st
McFee, Daniel, Harbour stMcIntoch, James, Stevenston
McKinnon, Alexander, Dockhead stMcWhinnie, Hugh, Quay st
Scott, William, Raise stSmith, James, Raise st
Fullarton, Wm. & John, Quay stRichie, James, Raise st
Fullarton, Duncan, Hill stFullarton, Jas., (& ironmonger), Quay st
Adam, John, Raise stBanks, James, Stevenston
Barclay, Hugh, Chapel stBoyd, Hugh, Stevenston
Boyd, John, Raise stBryce, Robert, Dockhead st
Chalmers, Hugh, Quay stChalmers, Hugh, Chapel st
Cowan, David, SandylandsCrawford, James, Stevenston
Ferguson, Alex. (Swan), Dockhead stFullarton, Adam, Dockhead st
Fulton, Andrew, StevenstonGood, John, Chapel brae
Graham, Thos. (Cross Keys) Quay stHolmes, Mary, Quay st
Howie, Alexander, StevenstonHowie, John, Stevenston
Jack, John, StevenstonKenneth, Sarah, Stevenston
Kerr, Malcolm, Green stLockhart, John, Stevenston
Lockhart, William, StevenstonLogan, John (True Sun), Sandylands
McBride, James, Raise stMcBride, John, Quay st
McCall, John, StevenstonMcConechy, Alexander, Bradshaw st
McKillop, John, Green stMcMillan and Co, Stevenston
McMillan, John, Bradshaw stOrr, Alexander, Raise st
Pennel, Joseph, StevenstonRamsay, Alex., (Black Bull), Raise st
Richie, James, StevenstonRoy, Betty, Quay st
Russell, Gavin, SandylandsService, George, Raise st
Shedden, James, DockheadSmith, James, Stevenston
Smith, John, StevenstonSnodgrass, William, Quay st
Taylor, Archibald, Quay stTaylor, Gilbert (Rob Roy), Quay st
Wilkie, Adam, Hamilton stWillock, Thomas, Chapel st
Wilson, William, StevenstonYoung, John and Co, Quay st
Coulter, William, Quay stGibson, John, Bradshaw st
Boyd, David, StevenstonSmith, Thomas, Quay st
WRITERS [lawyers]:
Orr, William Bowes, Quay stWark, Francis, Sandylands
Banks, John, saddler, Quay stBarclay, John, tallow chandler, Harbour st
Brown, Jno., jun hardware dlr, Dockhead stCroker, Samuel, Manager of the Stevenston collieries, Rock vale
Cunningham, John, harbour master, QuayDuncan, Sinclair, searcher and landing waiter, Saltcoats
Duncan, Thomas, stocking maker, Quay stGilmour, Robert, auctioneer, Stevenston
Hill, Peter, horse and cattle dealer, Chapel stHill, William, horse dealer, Chapel st
Hoole, James, stone merchant, StevenstonHunter, John, flax dresser, Dockhead st
Kenneth, Sarah, corn miller, StevenstonMcDonald, Daniel, block maker, Harbour st
McKelvie, John, sail maker, Raise stMaule, Margaret, dyer, Dockhead st
Moffat, Jas., superintendant of the Ardrossan and Johnstone Railway, Railway OfficeWarner & Cunningham, coal proprietors, Stevenston collieries
Watt, Robert, rope &c maker, SandylandsWatt, Wm., brewer and maltster, Raise st
Whinton, Andw., umbrella maker, Dockhead st 
Established Church, Stevenston - Rev. David Landsborough
Established Church of Ardrossan and Saltcoats - Rev John Bryce
Relief Church, Rev Jas. Giffen
Secession Church, Rev David Ronald
Secession Church, Rev James Ellis
Baptist, Rev James Blair
Gaelic Church


To Glasgow, the 'Fair Trader', from the Saracen's Head, Saltcoats, every morning (Sunday excepted) at seven; and the 'Herald' at six in the evening; both go thru' Kilwinning, Dalry, Beith,and Paisley.

To Irvine and Kilmarnock, the 'Time Keeper', from the Saracen's Head, every morning (Sun excepted) at eight; and the 'Ayrshire Lass' at six in the evening; and an Omnibus, from the King's Arms, every morning (Sunday excepted) at eight.


To Ardrossan and Eglingtoun, Carriages six times a day.

CARRIERS (From Saltcoats):

To Ardrossan, Thomas Graham and James Harra, daily.

To Glasgow, Thomas Willock, every Monday, and Alexander and John Cunningham, every Monday and Thursday.

To Irvine, John McBride and James Harra daily.

To Kilbride, Andrew Clark, daily.

To Kilmarnock, John Barr, every Tuesday and Friday.


To Lamlash and Brodick, sailing vessels daily.

This transcript was kindly provided by Keith Muirhead from Queensland.