Parts of this article were first printed in the Greenock Telegraph and Advertiser written by John Donald in 1932.
Then as now it is reproduced here with no opinion or proof but for the simple amusment of it's readers.
"Old Port Glasgow" was the pen name given to one local resident who was happy to reminice about his childhood 60 years previously when this article was first printed in 1932 ." I pass them on practically as received. Their interest and value will, no doubt, at once be apparent to the intelligent reader. -John Donald"
Many Port people do not know that present Mirren Shore was formerly a
Some of the Port Glasgow people may be surprised to know how the Mirren Shore got its name. This was how it came about.
Now Mirren, being a comely lass of spotless fame, had gained the love of James Ralston, the mate of a coasting vessel which plied between the Port and the- Western Islands. Returning after an absence of two months, James found the little town in a state of commotion. He was speeding gaily to his love in the glen when fragments of conversation led him to stop and make inquiries, which resulted in causing him the greatest uneasiness and misgiving. Oh, it was impossible - it could not be- his sweetheart who was on trial for her life. Yet fear clutched his heart as he ran to the tribunal. Forcing a way through the crowd, he came within sight of the prisoner's dock, and there to his horror he beheld his Mirren
She was condemned to death by drowning. The poor thing was taken in a half fainting condition to the river side at low water bound to a stake, and left there to endure the agonies of a thousand deaths until the inexorable rising tide should put an end to her sufferings.
But Ralston was not inactive in his grief. As one of the throng of spectators he carefully watched the proceedings, noted the disposition of the soldiers on guard, and prepared his plans accordingly.
y is the bride the sun shines on!
How Mirren Shore got it's name - Tragedy and Romance
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