give excess to the railway station, which had been built 16
years before. In 1886,
on Mr McCubbin's death, his son, John, came home to help his mother. He
was mainly interested in the hiring side of the business, with the result
that he soon had about thirty horses for pulling brakes, waggonettes and
carriages. Excursions became very popular, and the King's Arms soon
acquired a great reputation among the West of Scotland hostelries, running
regular four-in-hand sightseeing excursions to such beauty spots as Loch
Doon, Tairlaw Linn and Maidens. It was also a favourite place for lunch
for tourists from Ayr, who came the country road and returned by the shore
road. It was a common sight to see forty Ayr horses, being attended to by
the seven or eight ostlers during the luncheon halt. Good accommodation
was also provided. Wordsworth, Keats, Dante, Gabriel, Rossetti and Robert
Louis Stevenson all stayed in this hotel while exploring the neighbouring
MAYBOLE in the NINETEENTH
Extract from Carrick Directory, 1883
THERE are not fewer than eight shoe factories in the town, three of which
have large tanneries and currying establishments connected with them; and
the number of their workers, with the amount of their average production
per week, may be thus tabulated:
Messrs John Gray
Mr T. A. Gray (Lorne)
Mr Charles Crawford
Mr Robert Crawford
... ... ...
Mr James Ramsay
... ... ...
The other factories
... ... ...
To dispose of this immense stock, the Maybole Shoe Manufacturers have
established a whole network of shops throughout the country, from John o'
Groat's to Maiden Kirk, and even beyond it, for they have invaded both
England and Ireland. People have often
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wondered why the shoe trade should have taken root so
vigorously here, but the secret lies in the skill and enterprise of the
manufacturers, who have availed themselves of the most recent improvements
to keep abreast of the age.
Another trade in which Maybole has won for itself a name is the
manufacture of agricultural implements. Here Messrs Jack and Sons and Mr
Thomas Hunter, have become deservedly famous. Their collections are to be
seen at all our large agricultural shows, and the medals they have won
would almost stock a small jeweller's shop. The weaving trade, for which
this district was once famous, has now almost departed, although a
spirited attempt to revive it is at present being made by the Messrs
Murdoch, of the Red Lion Factory.
The town is supplied with gas and water, but the latter having proved
insufficient, a further supply is being brought this present year from
distance of 31/2 miles. The cost of the undertaking is estimated at
The Public School was opened in
and contains accommodation (which is hardly sufficient) for 650
children. The Poor's House was built in 1864,
and has accommodation for 48
inmates. It belongs to the parishes of Maybole, Kirkoswald, Kirkmichael,
Girvan, Dailly and Barr. The town has also a Fever Hospital for cases of
infectious disease, but it is generally empty.
There are six churches in Maybole
two belonging to the Established Church, a Free Church, a United
Presbyterian, an Episcopalian, and a Roman Catholic. There is also a Hall
for Evangelistic purposes, and a body of the Plymouth Brethren. The town
has two banks to minister to its financial wants, and a respect able
Railway Station has recently been granted in token of increasing traffic.
Thursday is understood to be our Market day, although this is now of
little importance. There are two Fast-days held annuallythe
Wednesday before the third Sunday of April, and the Wednesday before the
last Sunday of October. There are also two
third Thursday of April
The town of Maybole is situated on the face
of a rising ground overlooking the pleasant valley of the Girvan.
miles from Ayr,
and 3 in a direct
line from the
sea. The parish is of considerable
extent, stretching away to the
mouth of the Doona
distance from the town of about 7
miles. It includes within
many gentlemen's seats, with
the villages of Minishant and Dunure. Minishant
Maybole, and is famed for the manufacture
of Scotch blankets. There
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carried on by Mr James Limond, and the other by Messrs A. and J. Limond.
It is a pleasant village, with a remarkably neat church, erected in memory
of Lady Coats. Auchendrane, the seat of Sir Peter Coats, is close at hand,
and is a handsome specimen of the old Scottish Baronial Castle,
overlooking the "bonnie Doon". Dunure village is
miles from Maybole, and is inhabited entirely by fishermen. Near it is the
ruins of Dunure Castle, the ancient seat of the Kennedys who have now
removed their residence to Culzean.
During the period of industrial expansion, schools were also developing.
After the Union of 1707,
the success, in England and the then expanding Empire of many Scots, was
itself a tribute to the Scottish Schools, which even before that date had
gained a high reputation, extending far beyond the country's borders.
This result was achieved not only by the skill and industry of teachers,
but also by the application of pupils, which was due in no small measure
to the importance attached by their parents to the work of the school.
This permitted men and women of vision, such as the Fergussons of
Kilkerran, who have done so much to develop the schools in Maybole, to
turn their far-sighted ideas into facts.
There are to-day three schools in MayboleCarrick Academy, Cairn Primary
School and St. Cuthbert's Roman Catholic School.
Carrick Academy is a union of three schools.
The Parochial School of Maybole which probably originated before
The West Church School, known also as Carrick Academy or the Whitehall
School, founded about
by Sir Charles D. Fergusson. (3)
Mr Alexander Fergusson's School, taken over in
by the Free Church (later Cargill Church) and known as Dangartland or
Society Row School, and later as the Female Industrial School. In
all these schools united under the name of Maybole Public School, changed
to Maybole Ladyland School, and in 1905
to Maybole Carrick Academy.
Cairn School, which was completed in August,
was not given individual status until October of that year. It was
officially opened on the third of November.
and during the first week enrolled
boys and 144
The Roman Catholic School was opened in
at the same time as the Chapel, containing the magnificent red granite
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Soon after the beginning of the 20th century, owing to a decline in the
boot and shoe trade, prospects were poor. As a result between
between one and two thousand people left the town, many going to Canada.
To transport the large numbers on the first stage of their journey,
special trains were run.
First World War and Formation of
The British Legion
Although Maybole had suffered very heavy casualties in the Boer War, the
townsfolk again rallied to the colours in
This was not surprising as the town has a fine war record, being closely
connected with the Cameronians and the Ayrshire Yeomanry, The Earl of
Carrick's Own. The Earl of Carrick is the oldest Scottish title, and is
held by the heir to the throne. When, after the end of the war, Earl Haig
visited Culzean, he formed "The British Legion" which rapidly spread
throughout the country.
Between the Wars ((1918-1939)
Maybole suffered severely from the world trade depression, which followed
the war of 1914-1918.
It was during this period that Messrs Jack and Sons, as agents for Dunlop
Rubber Co., fitted rubber tyred wheels to farm carts. This was the first
firm to do so in Scotland, and the fact that this type of wheel is to-day
commonplace is striking proof of "Jack's" foresight in
The Second World War ((1939-1945)
In the Second World War many Maybole men again played their pair. One of
the most renowned of Carrick men is Lieut. -Col. Bernard Fergusson, D.S.O.,
O.B.E., of Kilkerran, who gained world fame for his daring exploits with
At the end of this war the freedom of the town was bestowed upon the
famous leader of the victorious Allied Armies, who, as President
Eisenhower of the U.S.A., has now an unsurpassed post of
Maybole in 1953
Maybole is the centre of a thriving farming community, famous for its
early potatoes, and T.T. herds, and enjoying a high standard of living.
Jack's, the implement makers, and Hutchison and McCreath, the grain and
fertiliser merchants, supply their specialised needs. Both of these firms
also trade far beyond the borders of Ayrshire.
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