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[McNaught] Town Crier’s Account Book
James McNaught of Stevenston was the town crier (of Saltcoats?). This well-worn account book is his record (about half in ink, half in pencil) of the events he ‘cried’, and how much he was paid, during the period 1863 to 1874. Many events were regular ones, such as colliers meetings, sales of goods, sales of meat, vegetables, fish etc, as well as unusual ones such as missing children, lost property, temperance meetings etc etc. These events plus misc payments received for odd jobs cover 31pp of this account book. Elsewhere in the book James recorded much family detail inc his marriage to Margaret Ritchie in 1831, and births (and some infant deaths) of children. He also records ‘my father John McNaught got his thigh splintered by a fall on the frost on the 14 February 1838 and died on 20th July 1857'. The account book passed down the family to the Hammels and it was used for transcribing poetry, for handwriting practice etc, but there are several important family notices eg ‘Mr John Hamill - Father was killed in a explosion on Bramble Island Great Oakley Nr Harwich on March 11th 1913 & was burid March 16th 1913 in Great Oakley Church Yard. Explosion caused by Nitro Glycerine’. Elsewhere is recorded that John Hammel had married Jean McNaught in 1875. Many leaves are blank. Very worn quarter calf on very worn marbled boards (approx 6"x16"). All the fore-edges of the pages are very worn (in some places by as much as an inch), and the corners are now rounded through age and generations of use. Not particularly attractive, but a significant local and family history treasure. (ref 1515) 135.00 post-free  Not for export

The Brig of Ayr and Something of its Story
James A Morris, 1912 7th. 89pp, 10 full-page plate-ills. Foxed throughout so only G. (ref 6577) 5.00

The History of Old Cumnock
Rev John Warrick, 1899.  4to, a thick 368pp inc index, fldg parish map frontis, 16 plates as required.  Boards patchily faded, spine sunned but contents surprisingly clean and most importantly a nice strong copy.  Compared with the very few other copies we've seen, VG.  (ref 2918)  60.00

[Dailly document]  Particulars of Dalquharran Castle
Printed particulars produced for a hoped-for letting of the Castle 'For one or more years, or other such period as may be agreed on'.  The 3pp document stresses the hunting, shooting and fishing afforded by taking a let of the Castle.  Undated - could be anything from 1900 to 1950.  (ref 3314)  8.00 UK post-free

British Railways Poster - Withdrawal of the Ayr-Heads of Ayr Service & Closure of Heads of Ayr Station
Large [approx 24"x39"] printed poster announcing imminent closure of the Alloway Junction-Heads of Ayr line which seems to have been predominantly used by seasonal visitors to Butlins, for which a bus service was laid on.  Clean but somewhat creased, drawing pin holes in corners.  (ref 4748)  30.00 UK post-free