The Ardross-man


September 2018

Storm Ali 2019

Storm Ali bashed the Ardrossan coastline today with winds of over 50mph.

And unfortunately, the Barony St John sustained some damage;

The belfry tower roof hatch blew off and this caused a vacuum to occur in the staircase which cracked and damaged the internal walls.

Plus two small pains of glass were blown out of a window.

And the winds were so great that the courtyard gate was ripped off its hinges and the padlock was also ripped off the wall. We had to prop the gate up with rocks.


Fingers crossed we on’t have any more damage.

Office Before

Here are some photos of the Office (the old Vestry) before we stared work on it…

Watch our progress.

Sweet and Sour

As I mentioned in my last couple of post (Seventies Flashback and Jobs for the Boys), I found an old Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald dated 5th September 1975 behind the Barony St John’s church organ.

But I also found some sweet bags in the rafters of the top balcony. They are from Robert Hogarth’s store which sued to be on Glasgow Street in Ardrossan.


There was also an old magazine with the insert pamphlet titled “Seeds of Love”. The attire of the figures on the cover give an idea of the era in which this was published – and I thought it may be the 1930’s but it was far earlier.

A further clue was obtained from a small article which mentions the Irish Professional Golf Championship results in which a Mr Moran was the winner and a Mr Kidd was the runner up.

A check of the internet revealed that Michael Moran was born in 1886 and was the leading Irish golfer of his generation and that he won the Irish Professional Championship five years in a row from 1909 to 1913.

A further check showed that Harry Kidd was runner up in the 1909 Irish Professional Championship so this newspaper was from 1909. Wow!

Sadly, Michael Moran died on 10th April 1918 at the young age of only 31yrs.

He was one of the many who died during the First World War.

Michael had joined the South Irish Horse in 1915 and in September 1917 his regiment had been retrained as infantry and formed the 7th (South Irish Horse) Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment.

The battalion was mown down in the German Spring Offensive of 1918, Michael was wounded and died in hospital a month later. The Official History records the waste of life during the battle saying “two companies of 7th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment, posted in forward zones, suffered terribly; not a man succeeded in escaping.”

Since Michael died in a German hospital, his death was not confirmed until 16 December 1918 – a month after the war had finished.



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