Opened in 1969 the Cumnock Chronicle of 31st October 1969 says :-
Editor-publisher honoured in street naming
Mr D M Ballantine, editor-publisher of the Cumnock Chronicle since 1929, has joined the ranks of those Cumnockians who have been honoured by the Town Council in the naming of new streets. Asked by the Burgh Surveyor to select a name for a sub-section of the new Drumbrochan development, the councillors voted for Ballantine Court. The suggestion was made by ex-Provost J. K. H. McTurk, who spoke of the valuable link the Chronicle had provided over the years between the council and the public of the town.
Other names, which were considered for the new street, were Ellisland Avenue, Glaisnock Court, Roman Way, Linton Court, Drife Court, Logie Place, Hunter Court and Turner Terrace.
Mr Ballantine took over the editor-publisher role in 1929 from his father, the late James P. Ballantine. The family’s connection with Cumnock goes back to 1851, in which year the present editor’s grandfather established his printing business in the town.
Duncan McClean Ballantine in the centre of photograph below.