Turnpike / Toll Roads

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Turnpike / Toll Roads

Main roads, such as the Mearns - Kilmarnock road were built by private companies, who would then charge a toll on road users to pay for the upkeep of the road, (and presumably generate a profit for the company).

This tolls seem to have been "franchised" out, as illustrated by the following advert from the back page of the "Glasgow Chronicle".

 ADVERT FROM THE GLASGOW CHRONICLE

"After an advertisement in the Glasgow Chronicle on Tuesday 24 March 1835 of the sale by public roup of the franchises on various tolls. Prices gained were :-
  This Year Last Year
Loganswell 810 75
Dodside 55 40
Ouply/Shilford 385 315
Neilston 100 35
Pollokshaws 3290 3200

Whether Hugh Allison was a franchisee or, an employee of a franchisee is unknown, but as a "roadman", the latter seems more likely. (Similarly with Janet Todd's second husband Stewart Russell.)

Note : - Ouply is now known as Uplawmoor