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STRAITON &   PATNA 

1837 Ayrshire Directories  by Pigot & Co   

Straiton is a neat village, in the parish of its name and District of Carrick; 80 miles sw from Edinburgh, 26 s from Kilmarnock, 14 s by e from Ayr, the like distance w from Girvan, 8 se from Maybole, the like distance ne from Dailly and 6 sw from Dalmellington, finely situated on the banks of the Girvan and on the road leading from Glasgow to Newton-Stewart, 48 miles s by w from the former and 30 miles w from the latter town.  The parish which extends about fifteen miles in length by five in breadth, consists for the most part of pasture land, the surface especially in the south-east, being wild and rocky, intersperced with a number of small lakes, there is, however a considerable supply of natural wood and several extensive plantations, and besides the Girvan and lakes, it is watered by the Doon. The inhabitants  are chiefly employed in weaving.  About half a mile south of the village are the vestiges of an oblong entrenchment, from which an extensive  view is commanded, about this spot, the artificial work on which must be presumed to be of Roman origin, various ancient relics have been found, particularly two carved vases, or urns, containing ashes.  Straiton has a neat parish church, and a parocial school.  The Marques of Allan, the Hon. Colonel F.M.Cathcart and Sir Davis Hunter Blain are the proprietors of the land, the last named gentleman has a mansion at Quhan in the parish. 

Patna is a small village, in the parish of Straiton, situate on the banks of the Doon, which abounds with trout.  Lima and Coal are obtained  plentifully in this neighbourhood, and give employment to the villagers.  Post Office Straiton      Hugh Kerr -  Postmaster  Letters from Maybole arrive (by penny post) every morning at ten and are despatched every afternoon at three. 

      GENTRY & CLERGY

Blair, Sir David Hunter (of Blair)  Quhan

Paton, Rev. Robert  - Manse

      VINTERS

Alexander, Peter

Kerr, Andrew - Patna

Moore, David

Murdoch, Wm

Neill, William

      SHOPKEEPERS, TRADERS ETC

Alexander, Alex  - tailor and draper    Blain, Stewart  - blacksmith   Chalmers, James  - tailor and draper     Dick, John   - tailor  - Patna   Dick, Thomas  - shoemaker  - Patna      Douglas, Hugh  - joiner and cartwright    Guthrie, Walter  - shopkeeper        Kennedy, David  - joiner and cartwright    McCall, John  - shoemaker and shopkeeper/McCall, Wm  - shoemaker and shopkeeper    McClure, John  - shopkeeper and tartan cloth agent     McConachie, John  - mason  - Patna    McCoull, James  - schoolmaster            McGill, Thomas  - blacksmith    McQuater, James  - blacksmith        Miller, John  - blacksmith  - Patna    Ramsey, Alexander  - joiner and cartwright  - Patna   Ramsey, Jas  - joiner and cartwright  - Patna 

      CARRIERS

To Ayr      Thomas McQuater - every Tuesday and Friday

To Glasgow and Newton-Stewart - William McLurgh and Hugh Steel pass through

twice a week

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