FIFTY YEARS AGO Thurs­day De­cem­ber 12, 1968

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

Bar­bour fam­ily cen­te­nary

Just over 100 years ago this month, a 25year-old farmer left the lands of his fore­bears in North Ayr­shire and came to set­tle in Kin­tyre. He was John Bar­bour – a sur­name that is to­day al­most syn­ony­mous with agri­cul­ture in Kin­tyre. For many gen­er­a­tions, the Bar­bours were ten­ant farm­ers in the district of Lochwin­noch but about the be­gin­ning of the 18th cen­tury, some of them drifted west­wards to the par­ish of West Kil­bride and there, on the farm of Biglees, John Bar­bour was born on Jan­uary 8, 1843. He came to Kin­tyre in Oc­to­ber 1868 to take over the ten­ancy of Aucharua Farm on the Duke of Ar­gyll’s es­tate. In Novem­ber 1871, he mar­ried Miss Mar­garet Gem­mell, daugh­ter of Mr Thomas Gem­mell of Dal­ri­och, near Camp­bel­town. Mr Bar­bour was the ten­ant of Aucharua for 51 years. He was a suc­cess­ful farmer with a spe­cial in­ter­est in the breed­ing of horses, and was for many years a mem­ber and di­rec­tor of the Cly­des­dale Horse So­ci­ety. He was known to be a good man of busi­ness, shrewd and en­ter­pris­ing to a de­gree, and he was also a man of many in­ter­ests, in­clud­ing pol­i­tics. He was a strong up­holder of church es­tab­lish­ment in Scot­land and a faith­ful mem­ber of the par­ish kirk. In the early 1880s, Mr Bar­bour was ap­pointed In­spec­tor of Poor and Reg­is­trar for the par­ish of Southend and clerk to the par­ish coun­cil. These du­ties he car­ried out dili­gently for nearly 40 years.

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