Dear blog reader
This week I have decided to combine 4 obituaries dated from 1879 to 1911 for people who lived at Shandon to give you a better idea of the kind of people who lived at Shandon.
I do hope you find this interesting.
GREENOCK ADVERTISER, THURSDAY 13 FEBRUARY 1879
HELENSBURGH, DEATH OF DR MILLER
Dr Hugh Miller, of Broomfield, Shandon, died suddenly on Tuesday afternoon, at his residence.
Dr Miller in the early part of his life was a practitioner in Glasgow, and thereafter in Bombay. About 17 years ago he returned to this country and took up his abode at Broomfield, where he resided for 14 years. He was one of the most energetic and faithful office-bearers of the Free Church, and conspicuous for his amiable and benevolent disposition.
The deceased was 66 years of age, and leaves a wife but no family.
HELENSBURGH NEWS, THURSDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 1880
DEATH OF MR DUNCAN MCLELLAN
It is with regret that we have to announce the death of Mr Duncan MacLellan at his residence, Annock Bank, on Monday afternoon, in his 63rd year.
Mr MacLellan was the youngest son of the late Mr George MacLellan, and was born at Bolernick Farm, Shandon, February 1818. He was educated at Garelochhead School, after which he removed to Glasgow, and afterwards became a partner with his brothers in the well-known firm of P & W MacLellan. In 1858 he married Christina, daughter of Mr John Latts, Dumbarton. In 1865 he purchased Annock Bank, where he has resided since that time.
Some three years ago he retired from business owing to infirm health. He has been an elder of Park Free Church for many years, and was much esteemed for his unostentatious and Christian example. Mr MacLellan leaves a widow, four sons and two daughters, the eldest of the former being in the business.
AYR ADVERTISER, OR, WEST COUNTRY JOURNAL, THURSDAY 9 JULY 1885
DEATH OF A PAISLEY DISTILLER
Mr John Gibson Patrick of Greenhill, Shandon, died at 2 Eglinton Terrace, Ayr, on Monday morning.
Deceased who was over 60 years of age, was well known in Paisley for many years as chief partner in the firm of Messrs Harvey & Co, distiller, Saucel. A few years ago he retired from the firm, and spent a good deal of time travelling about the country. For some time he had been in failing health. Although connected with Paisley so long he was a native of Ochiltree, Ayrshire, and was the proprietor of several estates throughout the west country.
THE SCOTSMAN, FRIDAY 29 DECEMBER 1911
THE LATE MISS KERR, OF SHANDON, GARELOCH
Late on Wednesday evening Miss Kerr of Ardgare, Shandon, died at the age of eighty-five years.
Miss Kerr was well known as a most generous contributor to Church, missionary, and philanthropic schemes, and her many benefactions will be greatly missed in the Helensburgh and Gareloch district.
Her father made a fortune in tobacco trade in Virginia, and returning to Scotland he purchased the estate of Robertland, in Ayrshire, which remained in the family. On the death of the father, the only son, Mr John Kerr, and his two sisters, Misses Elizabeth and Margaret Kerr, settled down at Ardgare, Shandon. Mr John Kerr died eleven years ago and his elder sister a few years later. Miss Margaret was the last of the family, and by her death, in terms of her brother’s will, the family estates to a large extent will go to benefit the general funds of the United Free Church of Scotland.