While looking through old documents, it is almost inevitable that the reader's attention will be drawn from the intended target to other articles. The reports below were found in old Ardrossan and Saltcoats Heralds. Although they have no football content, they may be of interest.

This morning (11 January 1884) at 10.30, during the prevalence of a heavy squall, the SS Clan Davidson, in making for the harbour, was driven on to the beach behind Montgomerie Pier. The tug proceeded to her assistance and in endeavouring to get her off the hawser sprang and knocked away the stays of the funnel. The pilot boat and the pig-iron men also went to her assistance.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 11 January 1884

The bill, now before Parliament, for extending the Barrmill railway to Ardrossan and other places was read a first time on Monday (11 February 1884).
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 15 February 1884

The Christian Leader says the friends of temperance and good order in every town could do the cause valuable service by preparing and presenting to the magistrates a 'drink map' on which every public house would be indicated by a red spot. The effect will be startling and beneficial and we hope to hear that the hint will be promptly acted upon in view of the statutory licensing courts in April next.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 29 February 1884

Lately a Lawn Tennis Club was inaugurated in Ardrossan. The fine weather this week has allowed the members an opportunity of enjoying this healthy game and exercise.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 30 May 1884

If some townsman who has the good of Young Ardrossan at heart would assemble the youths at some Saturday evening social or Sunday morning breakfast and lecture them on kindness to bird and beast, he would do good service. As a kind of dessert, the police sergeant, who has the Police Act at his finger-ends, might be present to read, as a kind of homily, a few clauses of the general Police Act, say the twenty-first clause bearing on swearing or using indecent language on the street. Among the youths at their games and some bigger boys who lounge about the piers, the swearing is more like that of troopers than of beardless boys. A few fines of ten shillings or eight days which is the ordinary award at a police court might cure an evil that is growing among young persons in this community.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 June 1884

Yesterday, as Ginnett's Circus was going the rounds of Ardrossan, one of the camels in the procession, on passing Montgomerie Green getting near to the crowd, startled the people and the rush was made backwards. Mrs Wright, Montgomerie Lane, was on the green and, on being driven backwards, fell over a stone and broke her leg badly in two places.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 June 1884

We were favoured yesterday with specimens of ripe strawberries growing in the garden of George Ballantine, esquire, 2 South Crescent, Ardrossan (shown below in the early 1910s). For the time of the year, they were of a good size and we can speak with confidence as to the excellence of their quality.

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 27 June 1884

I think I can say for the inhabitants of Ardrossan, as I can heartily do for myself, that we were pleased to see so many enjoying a good day on our beautiful shores and to congratulate them on their generally good behaviour last Saturday (28 June 1884). Experience is always teaching us lessons and the one which I would now teach is the necessity of providing several drinking fountains at convenient places of the town for obtaining a drink of water. It was distressing to see large numbers actually drinking the water issuing from the drain of the Established Church. Fortunately for them, the water is so nearly pure that it would be harmless. I need not point that the want of drinking fountains will prevent such trips coming to our town and drive those who into the public houses. I therefore hope to see this matter attended to by our civic rulers without delay.
Yours, A Townsman
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 July 1884

Kilmahew House (shown below as the disused Ardrossan Burgh Chambers in 1978) was this week dismantled of its plenishing and the goods and chatels of the late Provost were knocked down to the highest bidder. We do not know whether any fancy prices were obtained for relics of the old Provost. Possibly, a little bit of sentiment may have been indulged in by a few of the purchasers but the characteristic callousness with the people invested with the power of sale seems to have been exercised in this instance. Indeed, a greater amount of courtesy is not uncommon in the case of a collier's but-and-ben and belongings. A very near relative of the late Mrs Barr who would willingly have taken at a valuation the articles which were more particularly hers, was told that if he wanted them, he would have to attend the sale and even the half-size portrait of the late Provost, presented with much speech-making to Mrs Barr was treated in the same manner.

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 July 1884

The Ardrossan Bowling Club (shown below in 2010) will engage in a final game for the season on Saturday (4 October 1884) and on Monday evening (6 October 1884) over the festive board of the Eglinton Arms Hotel will fight their battles o'er again. The season's play has been good and for residenters and visitors, the green maintains it popularity.

           Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 10 October 1884


The Ardrossan Shorthand Association purpose resuming practice for this season on an early day and a meeting for the election of office bearers and making the necessary arrangements will be duly announced. This year it is intended to throw the classes open to ladies as well as gentlemen and we see no reason why the opportunity should not be largely taken advantage of. The art of phonography is one which, when once acquired will never be found burdensome and will bring with it many advantages. Clerkships are now frequently at the disposal of either sex and preference is invariably given to those who can claim a knowledge of shorthand writing.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 10 October 1884

In connection with the annual Fair which takes place next Thursday (5 November), the Secretary Mr Andrew Stirrat has received the following letter.
          Seafield House (shown below as Quarriers in 2008)
          20 October 1884

Dear Sir
I am in receipt of your favour of date intimated to me that, being the President of your Society for the current year, you naturally expect me to preside at the annual dinner. Let me assure you that nothing would give me greater pleasure but unfortunately, I sail for New York on 1 November and consequently, it will not be in my power to comply with your wishes which I very much regret. I have sent Mr Mack of the Bank of Scotland here a cheque for ten pounds being the money which I promised to you last year for the best Ayrshire cattle and Clydesdale horses and he will hand over this sum to the Treasurer of the Ardrossan Farmers' Society on 6 November.
Wishing your Society every success,
I am, faithfully yours,
A D Bryce-Douglas

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 31 October 1884

Hospital Sunday will probably become an institution in Ardrossan as in several other towns in the country. A collection made in the churches for one or other of the neighbouring infirmaries once a year will, while showing sympathy with suffering generally, place at the use of the committee for the benefit of residents in the town needing attendance in those, a number of beds proportional to the amount given. The collection is to be made on Sabbath, 14 December.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 28 November 1884

A debate on the question as to whether women or men are the greater philanthropists engaged the attention of the members of the Ardrossan Literary Society last Monday evening (8 December 1884). Messrs Adams and Wallace, who led off on opposite sides, were the authors of papers of more than average merit. The were neatly composed, compact and well-reasoned out. The discussion was ably continued by Messrs J L Bailey, James Mutter, Sidney Smyth, R D Boyd and James Cook. Mr J R Smith very efficiently acted as chairman.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 12 December 1884