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Ayrshire Directory, 1837, by Pigot & Co 

A small neat village, lying on the banks of the rivers Gregg and Stinchar, is distant from Girvan 8 miles, and from Ayr 24; it contains a very neat church (of which the Rev Ebenizer Bradshaw Wallace is the minister), a parochial school-house, and a subscription library.  The greatest part of the parish is intersected by the river Gregg; and about a mile from the village are the ruins of the old Kirk Dominae, where there is a hiring fair for servants on the first Saturday after the 26th May.  Barr parish is principally sheep pasture; its extent, twelve miles by nine.  The chief landed proprietors of the entire district are the Most Noble the Marquess of Ailsa and sir James Ferguson. Post Office, James McCaa, Post master - Letters from Girvan arrive every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at half past ten, and are despatched in the afternoon of the same days at two.

Baird, William, surgeon   Caldwell, John, blacksmith   Ferguson, Wm, grocer & spirit dealer Fergusson, Thos, grazier, Dinmurchie Forsyth, Geo, boot and shoe maker Forsyth, Janet, vinter   Forsyth, John, boot and shoe maker   Gibb, Geo, shopkeeper and teacher   Kennedy, John, joiner & cartwright   McCaa, Jas, shopkeeper and cartwright   McCraken, Robert, blacksmith   McCreedy, Andrew, tailor   McCubbin, George, tailor   McGarvie, John, vinter   McKinnan, Jno, cartwright & joiner   McMurtrie, John, Innkeeper   Pringle, Wm, cartwright & joiner   Walker, Stephen, master of the parochial school, and librarian of the   subscription library

To Ayr - William Harrison and John Thomson every Friday, and John Cowleson every alternate Tuesday
To Glasgow - Matthew Dickie every alternate Tuesday.

This transcript was kindly provided by Keith Muirhead from the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.