Bessie Brown neé
Tonner (1886-1950) was one of
a delegation from Ardrossan and Saltcoats who went to Glasgow to speak
to Archbishop Donald Mackintosh in about 1931. They were frustrated
at not having a Church in Ardrossan on land bought for that purpose.
The meeting was successful because in 1933, by Father Joseph Doherty
Priest of the Church
of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Saltcoats was instructed
by the Archbishop to arrange the building of a Church in Ardrossan.