The twenty original members of Dalry Burns Club:
The first President. He was born in the Kirk Close, Dalry in January 1786. He was a weaver, and was extremely sensitive and refined with agreeable manners, and an inexhaustible fund of anecdote. His company was always welcome at gatherings. He was acquainted with Tannahill, the Paisley Poet, to whom he gave the toast in Dalry Bums Club many a time. He had always taken a lively interest in all things affecting the welfare, literature, art and musical science of his native town.
The first Croupier and Secretary. Born in Courthill Street, Dalry in 1772, he was a Wright and had a good library, delighted in literature, and was noted for antiquarian and arch³ ological pursuits. Andrew Crawford’s Kilmarnock Edition of Burns was sold at Sotheby’s in London in July 1957 for £580. It had his name “Andrew Crawford, Wright, Dalry” on it.
A native of Dalry born in 1790. He was a weaver, but afterwards became a vintner, and inspector of Poor in Dalry. Burns Anniversary Suppers were always held in his inn.
A native of Dalry, he was also a weaver, and was for many years a manufacturer of shawls in Paisley.
A native of Dalry, he was a weaver. He was fond of all things that belonged to antiquity. He had a good library, and was a great reader. He had a tenacious memory, was extremely eccentric and careless of dress.
A native of Dalry and another weaver.
From Dalry and orginally a weaver; later he became a house- and sign-painter ion the town.
A Dalry weaver, later a teacher in Kilwinning. He went to America, where he died.
A native of Largs, was another weaver. Afterwards he became an intinerary dealer in tea.
A native of Rothesay, was another weaver. Afterwards he became a deliverer in books.
A native of Elderslie was another weaver. He was a cheerful and intelligent man. Afterwards he became a
vintner in Dalry.
A native of Rothesay, was another weaver in Dairy. He was a fine fat fodgel wight o’ short stature. Lively and
intelligent, and sang a good song. Afterwards he became a vintner.
A native of Dalry, he was a clerk. He was a son of Archibald Steel, at one time parochial schoolmaster of
Dalry. Afterwards he was a clerk at Hariet Colliery.
A native of Irvine, he was a shoemaker in Dalry. He always sang a good song, and was very agreeable and lively at the meeting of the club.
A native of Stirlingshire, he was a wool spinner to Mr. Biggart. He died of cholera about 1836.
A native of Douglas, Lanarkshire. He was very eccentric, and at one time unsettled in his habits. He married in Dalry. Afterwards he became a wool carder at Whitehill in Largs.
A native of Beith, he was employed in Mr. Biggart’s wool factory. Afterwards he became a grocer.
A native of Dalry, where he kept a school. He seemed to have excelled in calligraphy. In the latter part of his life he was emploved in a lithographic establishment in Paisley. His taste was extremely refined and he had a natural dexterity for copying pictures. He always sang a good song.
From Dalry, he was a tinsmith and a very skillful tradesman.
From Irvine, another weaver in Dalry.