Here’s a look at what was on at the cinema 100 years ago in Irvine, Saltcoats and Ardrossan. ........A big change from the 2018 big cinema hits 'The Greatest Showman' and 'Peter Rabbit' and prices are much much more expensive now than back then!
An Irvine Royal Academy class of 1904. The student in the front row on the right is, I believe, Thomas Hall aged 13, who went on to study law and was Irvine's ...Procurator Fiscal in 1936. The student 4th from the left in the second from back row I have been told was an African Prince!
If anyone can name any of the other students in the picture, please post. Thanks.
Looking towards the Academy in the early 1900s.
The gentleman on the left is standing near the Gallows Knowe, and if you look to the far right, you can see the old slaughterhouse on the banks of the river near the footbridge. It was built in 1843 and demolished in 1953. Animals ceased to be slaughtered there in the 1930s.
On this day in 1787 John Ferguson the founder of The Ferguson Bequest Fund was born in Irvine.
He was educated at Irvine Grammar School and worked in the office... of the Paisley Banking Company in Irvine High Street. A year later he went to New York to wind up the estates of two of his deceased uncles, returning to Irvine 4 years later heir to a vast fortune. At the time of his death on 08 January 1856 his estate was worth an estimated £1,250,000 (In 2017 this would have been worth an estimated £128,488,95)
A commemoration tablet to John Ferguson resides in the walls of the Old Parish Church, Irvine. The Genealogy Room in the Townhouse is named after him and it’s also where the marble bust of him resides.
For more information on John Ferguson or to arrange a tour of the Townhouse please contact us: 01294 310090
Irvine Townhouse, 66 High Street, IRVINE, KA12 0AZ
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - 9.30-1.00 and 2.00-4.30, Tuesday - 2.00-4.30 and 5.30-8.00, Saturday - 9.30-1.00 and 2.00-4.30 (first Saturday of the month)
Windows into the past: You're invited to our next talk of the winter programme. The Old Parish Church (Abbey Church) has some fine stained glass, and local m...an Jim Muir has researched into the stories behind these windows. Find out about one dedicated to Lady Sophia Montgomerie, Countess of Eglinton, another commemorating Rev. Lee Ker, minister of the church, and others with connections to local families. These windows have fascinating tales to tell about Kilwinning people and their lives. We hope you can join us on Monday 12 March at 7.30pm in the Erskine Hall.
Requested by Jean Gibson.
If you're looking for a particular photo of old Irvine, send a message - it may be in the archive!
Colvin's ironmongery and general store - which included the old Post Office in Bridgegate.
The building was named 'The Polytechnic' - based on the same idea of ...the large department store in Glasgow, John Anderson's 'Royal Polytechnic Warehouse', which opened in 1867.
Neil Stirrat noted that 'the first “Polytechnic” was also in Bridgegate across the road from the Delta Bar. It had a reputation second to none for service, and one could get anything literally from a needle to an anchor.'