7 May 1861
We understand the population of Eday, as shown by the census returns, is 897, which, it appears, shows a decrease of 75 during the last 10 years. The number of strangers and absentees on the night of taking the census would nearly balance one another. It is observed that the ages of some of our females have not kept pace with the length of time, as they will not admit that 10 years have been added to their former age since 1851. The oldest individual in the island, however, is a woman, and she has attained the extraordinary age of 104 years.
8 May 1891
Are Douglas girls untidy?
Sir – I know very little about the Douglas girls, but if they are like the Hamilton mill girls all that 'Constant Reader' and 'The Spy' says about them is quite true. The mill girls are a lazy lot of trollops, good for nothing but parading the streets with redcaots. I pity the young man that gets a mill girl for a wife. They don't know as much about housekeeping as would cook a two-eyed steak. Hoping you will give this a small space in your valuable paper. I am, &c. Rab McGinty's Milkman.
8 May 1849
Important to railway passengers
On Friday a case was decided in the Sheriff Debt Court, Edinburgh, of considerable importance to railway passengers. Three individuals, it appeared, took out tickets on Thursday week, at the Scotland Street station of the Edinburgh and Northern Railway, with the intention of proceeding to Abernethy. After crossing the ferry, they were detained an hour and 10 minutes at Burntisland waiting upon a train.
The day, by that time, was so far advanced that they considered it impossible to accomplish the journey that had laid out for themselves and be back the same evening. They accordingly resolved to Edinburgh; and subsequently applied to the officials of the Edinburgh and Northern Railway Company to have the price of their tickets returned to them. This demand not being complied with, they issued a summons against the company, and the case was heard on Friday before Sheriff Tytler.
The Company denied their responsibility, and alleged as an excuse for the detention that had occurred, that the great crowds that had flocked from Edinburgh that day (being the fast) had upset all their arrangements to overtake the traffic. The Sheriff held that the claim was a perfectly legitimate one, and decided that the pursuers were entitled to receive back the money which they had paid for their tickets to Abernethy.
8 May 1891
Lesmahagow parish choir
Sir – As the organ recital which was given in the parish church here a fortnight ago, and reported in your issue of last week, is said to have been the best ever given here, what excuse can the organist or soprano singers offer for the horrible mess they made when singing 'St Paul' last Sunday? Why, it reminded me of 'Lo the Glad May Morn,' or some merry French chanson, than it did of stately 'St Paul.' They certainly made a rush for goal in earnest. I have one suggestion to make before I finish – it is that they select a new list of songs, as they have sung their present selection entirely threadbare. Hoping some person or persons who know more than I will answer my query. I am, &c. Doh Ray Me.
10 May 1870
New lifeboat for Arran
On Friday last, Arran received the long looked for gift of a Lifeboat. Some time ago, a gentleman (who has not yet allowed his name to become public), with praiseworthy credit, gave £1,000 for a Lifeboat to be placed on the Arran shore, and on Friday we realised the benefit of his kindness. The steamer Lady Mary towed the boat from Ardrossan to Kildonnan, and on its arrival there was welcomed with great enthusiasm. The Coastguard of Lamlash came down to Kildonnan to lend a hand, and they were thankfully received by their Kildonnan friends. Mr James Robertson, of Lamlash, in a few words apologised for the non-appearance of Mr James Paterson, business having prevented him from attending, and called upon Mr John Walker, of Kilmarnock, to wish success to 'The Hope,' which the said gentleman did in a highly appropriate speech. Mr John Walker afterwards, in a neat speech, proposed the health of Captain Robertson, surveyor to the National lifeboat Institution, and to which Captain Robinson replied in a complimentary manner.
11 May 1860
Longside market was held yesterday. It was considered very dull; there was an evident struggle between master and servant, and a large number left the market unengaged.
13 May 1854
Emigration from Fife
In the memory of the oldest inhabitant there has not been such an emigration movement in Fife. From Cupar and district alone there are not less than one hundred individuals about to leave for Australia, while from other parts of the country the exodus, though not quite so great, is still very extraordinary. This movement promises shortly to be very much increased, from the slackness of trade in Dundee and elsewhere.