Maxwood Colliery & Fire Clay Works, Galston, Ayrshire

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Maxwood Colliery & Fire Clay Works, Galston, Ayrshire.

19/08/1880 – Ayr Advertiser – Ayrshire to be let – With entry at the term of Martinmas 1880. The going colliery and fire brick work connected therewith at Maxwood in the Parish and near to Galston. The Works are on the Kilmarnock and Newmilns branch of the Glasgow & South Western Railway which gives ready access to the harbour of Troon where a large shipping trade is centered. the coals to be worked are chiefly the Stone coal and the accompanying fire clay of excellent quality and the Towerhall Coal; the Main and Major coals being nearly exhausted. Offers for a lease will be received till the end of September by Mr J.H Turner at Brahead Office, Kilmarnock. etc …..

08/10/1880 – Glasgow Herald – KILMARNOCK – CESSIO CASE.- At the Sheriff Court on Wednesday, the application of Mr Yendall, late of the Maxwood Colliery Company, for the benefit of cessio was refused.  In a note to his interlocutor the Sheriff remarks:-The petitioner was a partner of the Maxwood Colliery Company, Galston, and as such in April last, executed a private trust-deed in favour of Wm. M’Kinnon, C.A., Glasgow, who is now winding up the concern.  In that capacity he let to the petitioner as a private individual the output of the coal and fire-clay from the Maxwood pit, and the petitioner, in turn, sublet this work to the incarcerating creditor, Greer.  The alleged asset of £80, which the petitioner gives up in this process, is said to be due to him by the trustee under his output contract.  As already noticed, he gives such an absurd and unsatisfactory explanation as to the claim in his disposition that it is hardly possible to suppose the claim a real one.  He pretends to say he does not know why the trustee objects to it all, though he was reluctantly forced to admit that Black, one of his partners in the Maxwood Colliery, told him.  The trustee refused to pay the claim because the quality if the coal in the bing did not correspond with the weights given up-a very sufficient reason, one would think.  The petitioner’s father appears as a creditor fro £216 16s 3d out of a total liability of £276 13s 7d.  The explanation as to this claim is most unsatisfactory.  £100 of it, he says, is for borrowed cash, the rest for goods supplied and accounts paid by his father on his behalf.  He says the money was borrowed last year, though he only granted an I O U for the amount in January last.  Nothing can be more unsatisfactory than the way in which the petitioner accounts for the disposal of his funds.  The state No. 8 has a most suspicious appearance, and the petitioner’s conduct in the witness-box did not produce a favourable impression on the Sheriff-Substitute.  Altogether he does not thin he would be justified in granting cessio at present.  The petitioner’s agent, Mr Carruthers, has given notice of appeal.

30/03/1888 – Ayr Advertiser – Important to Masons, slaters, and farmers. The Eglinton Iron Company are selling off at reduced prices their stock of fireclay goods at Maxwood Brickwork, Galston including chimney cans, vent linings, wall coping, pig and cattle troughs etc etc. For further particulars apply to Eglinton Iron Coy, Portland Ironworks, Hurlford.

1893 the Maxwood Mine in Ayrshire was owned by the Eglinton Iron Co, West George Street, Glasgow and Kilwinning. It was mined for coal and fireclay. The manager was  John Love

1893 – Maxwood Colliery and Fireclay Works, Galston

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