Glasgow Evening Post
15 October 1891
The gale: destruction to property at Greenock
The fury of the gale carried off the roof of the large grandstand in the Greenock Morton ground to the line of the Caledonian Railway adjoining. Fortunately, the obstruction on the line was observed before any traffic was due, and it was at once removed. The entrance gate to the Caddlehill Gardens and the adjoining palings, which rose to a height of 30 feet, have all been laid low. At the Greenock Infirmary one of the large windows was driven right into the apartment; while at Cook's Circus, near Prince's Pier, a part of the roof was blown in while the performance was going on last night, and some little consternation prevailed.
15 October 1896
Monday was observed as the autumn holiday in connection with the Factory and Workshops Act, in lieu of the fast day, which has now been abolished. As in the spring, the day as a holiday proved a complete failure, as no-one took advantage of it with the exception of those compelled to do so under the act and a few bank and lawyer clerks. Wednesday has always been looked upon by the merchants and others as the best day in the week for a holiday, and parties have refused to observe the day appointed by the town council, so that business on Monday was carried on the same as on any other ordinary day.
16 October 1860
Mr Macpherson, Cairnbank, kept up the old custom of giving a harvest home after his crops were all gathered in. This came off on the evening of Friday last, and no less than 50 assembled on the occasion. After a sumptuous repast, they spent the evening in a very harmonious and agreeable manner, and broke up about five o'clock in the morning.
Edinburgh Evening News
17 October 1878
A 'Demoralised Druid'
At Greenock yesterday, a labourer named John Groves, better known as the 'Demoralised Druid,' was charged with creating a disturbance on the Steamboat Quay on Tuesday, while in a state of intoxication. He pleaded not guilty, and stated that his nerves had upset by a strong bowl of tea and some sausages and onions which he had taken to his breakfast. Evidence was adduced showing that accused had been under the influence of liquor and challenging people to fight. The Bailie dismissed Groves with an admonition.
17 October 1873
Anecdote of a lark
Mr John Dickie, joiner at the Crichton Institute, has a pet lark of which he is very fond. Some friends, who had been attending a funeral, came into his house at Cherry Trees about a fortnight ago, and the favourite bird was shown to them, its owner opening the cage door and letting it come on to his hand. No sooner, however, did the lark eye its visitors than it showed unexpected symptoms of fright, the supposition being that the sight of their unfamiliar sable garments had somehow destroyed its equanimity. Off the feathered biped flew on no mere larking
mission bent, but in real earnest, and biding away for several days to the great regret of Mr Dickie.
At the end of that time, 'a wee bird cam' to his workshop door' – which is situated about a quarter of a mile from his dwelling-house – 'warbling sweet and clearly.' He had no difficulty in identifying it with the little pet he had given up for lost; and its appearance there was all the more wonderful, as it had never been in the Crichton grounds before. It seemed rather shy at first for having played the truant and caused its kind master so much annoyance. For fear of sending the lark off again in a flutter by trying to catch it, he hurried away for its cage; and on going back with it found the bird waiting for his return, and it hopped cheerfully into its tiny mansion as soon as it had the chance, just as glad to get there again, we presume, as its owner was in so unexpectedly recovering his tuneful favourite.
19 October 1860
One of these formidable inhabitants of the deep, measuring nearly 10 feet in length, was taken in a skate net, a few miles east of St Andrews on Monday last. The fortunate fisherman has been exhibiting it in various places; eventually it is to rest in the St Andrews Museum.