At 08:30 26/09/98 , Irene Mitchell wrote:
>Was there a sanatorium, or maybe a workhouse at Troon Harbour?
There was (is?) a Miners' Welfare Home in Troon but I think it was set up as
a holiday home, not a sanatorium. The Home was located at the top of
Templehill, near the harbour. I am sure someone will have more up-to-date
Irene and Jackie,
The Ayrshire District Welfare Committee acquired Kirkmichael House in the
as a convalescent home for miners and their sons from Ayrshire, Dumfriesshire
and Argyll. Kirkmichael House was a large country house near Maybole set in
109 acres of grounds. In 1924, the Committee acquired Portland Villa, Troon
close to the seashore as a convalescent home for miner's wives and daughters.
These homes were purchased under the Mining Industry Act of 1920 and financed
by a £30,000 endowment. The upkeep of the homes was sustained by the income
from the endowment and a two pence per week levy from the men working in the
Kirkmichael House was closed in 1956 and the men removed to Troon, which
a home for 24 men and 24 women until it too was closed.
But these 20th century institutions are far to late for Jackie's ancestor.
There clearly was a poorhouse or equivalent at Troon Harbour.
Yours aye, Iain - in Windsor in the former county of Berkshire
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