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TORBOLTON, FAILFORD, STAIR, AND JOPPA
Ayrshire Directory - 1837 - by Pigot & Co

Torbolton or Tarbolton, is an attractive village, in the parish of its name and district of Kyle, 12 miles se from Irvine, 8 s from Kilmarnock, and 7 nne from Ayr; situate about five miles from the shore of the Firth of Clyde, surrounded by a fine country, and occupying a considerable space of ground, which is interspersed with some very handsome houses. The church, rather an elegant structure, having a beautiful spire, surmounted by a clock with four dials, was completed in 1821, and cost upwards of 2500. A neat chapel for burghers, a Sabbath school, and several benefit societies, are in the village; there is also a subscription library. The parish is about seven and a half miles in length, and its average breadth about four and a half. The Duke of Portland, the Earl of Ellingtoun, W A Cunningham, Esq., and Colonel Thomas Hunter Blair, are the principal heritors. A fair is held on the first Tuesday in June (old style), and on the first Wednesday in November (new style. Failford is a small village in the parish of Torbolton, three miles from that place. A manufactory for razor hones and strops, of a peculiar and excellent description, is carried on here by the inventor, Mr Smith; the cases are veneered with wood, and are finished much in the same style as the admired Scotch snuffboxes, forming an elegant and useful appendage to the dressing case. The parish of Stair is in the district of Kyle, lying on the south or right bank of the river Ayr, and extending six miles in length, by about two in breadth; it was first erected into an independent parish in 1653, when it was severed from Ochiltree for the accommodation of the noble family of Dalrymple, of Stair. The village of Stair, which comprises but a few dwellings and a neat parish church, is about two miles and a half from Torbolton; its situation is most romantic, and many highly ornamental mansions add tot he beauty of the surrounding country. The neighbourhood abounds with mines of coal. The earldom of Stair is now merged in that of Dumfries; and the principal heritors of the land, at the present day, are Lord Glencoe and Sir James Boswell. Joppa is a village in the parish of Coylston, five miles from Ayr. The church, which was erected in 1833, is a handsome structure, and contains sittings for seven hundred and fifty persons. The parish, which is adjacent to the west border of the district of Kyle, is about five miles in length, by about two in breadth. Post Office, Torbolton, Henry Gibson, Post master - Letters from Kilmarnock arrive every morning at nine, and are despatched every afternoon at three.

NOBILITY, GENTRY AND CLERGY
Bogle, George, esq., Enterkine/ Brown, Mr Robert, Torbolton/ Burnett, Joseph, esq., of Gadgirth/ Caldwell, James, esq., Smithfield/ Cooper, ___, esq., (of Failford), Smithfield house/ Duncan, Rev. Alex, Coylton manse/ Glenlee, Hon, Lord, Birskemming/ Gray, Mr Matthew, Torbolton/ Hamilton, John, esq., of Sandrum/ Hay, John Stewart, esq., Collsfield/ Heron, William, esq., Stair/ Ritchie, Rev. ____ Manse, Torbolton/ Rorison, Rev. William, Manse, Stair/ Stewart, Miss Grace, Afton lodge/ Stobo, Captain John, Torbolton

SCHOOLS - PAROCHIAL
McClement, John, Coylton/ Muir, Andrew, Stair/ Walker, R. Torbolton

AGENTS TO MANUFACTURERS
Clark, Robert, Torbolton/ Curie, David, Torbolton/ Dunlop, Andrew,
Torbolton/ Dunlop, John, Torbolton/ Finlay, Bartholomew, Torbolton/
Strathdee, John & Ellen, Torbolton

BAKERS
Bryan, George, Torbolton/ Smith, Robert, Torbolton

BLACKSMITHS
Barr, William, Stair/ Cuthbert, James, Joppa/ Simpson, James, Stair/
Thom, Charles, Coylton/ Wight, Jas (and farrier), Torbolton/ Wight, John, Torbolton/ Wilson, David, Torbolton

BOOT AND SHOE MAKERS
Crawford, John, Torbolton/ Drinnan, Robert, Torbolton/ Hunter, William, Stair/ Lees, James, Torbolton/ Lees, John, Torbolton/ McGregor, Hugh, Torbolton/ McMaster, John, Torbolton/ McMillan, James, Joppa/ Smith, Thomas, Torbolton/ Somerville, John, Joppa

CARPENTERS AND JOINERS
Dickie, Matthew, Torbolton/ McIntyre, Archibald, Stair/ Stewart, John, Torbolton/ Wood, William, Joppa

COOPERS
Arthur, George, Joppa/ Wright, James, Torbolton

FLESHERS
McClement, George, Torbolton/ Oliver, Hugh, Torbolton

GROCERS
Brown, James, (and hardwareman), Torbolton/ Gibson, Henry, Torbolton

HONE MANUFACTURERS
Brown, Hugh, Milton/ Smith, John, (& razor strop), Failford

MILLERS
Lennox, James, Milton/ Stone, Robert, Torbolton

SHOPKEEPERS AND DEALERS IN SUNDRIES
Drinnan, William, Torbolton/ Dunlop, Robert, Milton/ Hay, Margaret,
Failford/ Highet, John, Torbolton/ Kerr, William, Stair/ McConnell, Gilbert, Torbolton/ Reid, Andrew, Torbolton/ Thompson, James, Torbolton/ Weddell, Robert, Torbolton

STONE MASONS
Drinnan, William, Torbolton/ Gibson, John, Joppa/ McConnell, William, Torbolton

SURGEONS
Gibson, John, Torbolton/ Provan, C. Joppa/ Robertson, Humphrey, Torbolton/ Stevenson, James, Torbolton

TAILORS
Hood, William, Torbolton/ McCosh, Thomas, Torbolton/ Smith, William, Joppa

VINTERS
Arthur, george, Joppa/ Brown, Jas, (Cross Keys), Torbolton/ Dick, John, torbolton/ Donaldson, James, Failford/ Dunlop. Jno., (Black Bull), Torbolton/ Dunlop, Robert, Milton/ Fisher, Andrew, Torbolton/ Fisher, Mattw., (Cunningham Arms), Torbolton/ Hillhouse, William, (Plough), Stair/ McClownan, Andrew, Joppa/ McGill, James, Coal hill, Stair/ McJennet, Jas, (Crown), Torbolton/ Oliver, Hugh, (Thistle), Torbolton/ Oliver, William, Torbolton/ Pearson, Hugh, Failford/ Reid, William, Joppa/ Thom, Charles, Coylton/ Thomson, John, Joppa

MISCELLANEOUS
Andrew, Margaret, milliner &c, Torbolton
Boyle, Robert, brick maker, Joppa
Dawson, David, watch & clock maker, torbolton
Hill, Robert, nail maker, Torbolton
Hopkin, James, saddler, Torbolton
McKinght, Alex, stocking manfr, Torbolton
Murdock, James, tea dealer, Failford

CARRIERS (from Torbolton)
To Ayr, Andrew Fisher, John Highet and William Dunlop, every Friday
To Glasgow, John Highet and William Dunlop, every Tuesday
To Kilmarnock, Andrew Fisher, every Wednesday


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