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Copyright notice:  Links to this site are welcomed.  However none of the material on the site may be duplicated in any form.  The copyright of the articles is the property of the authors.  Copyright of the web pages is the property of David McClure.

 

Most recent additiions take the form of pdfs of the publication Ayrshire Notes which can be found here.

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The Blaneys of Waterside

Brian Murphy provided Ayrshire History with letters, postcards and photographs preserved by his grandmother, Sarah News, who was born in Waterside in 1896. They are discussed here with relevant background notes.

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The Street Names of Ayr by Rob Close (AANHS, 2001).

A fascinating book now out of print.

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Ayr Choral Union 1876-2016

A history of 140 years of the ACU by Margaret Crankshaw.

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Prestwick Toll: A Mini History

A personal memoir by Jim Mitchell (link to an off-site blog).

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Ayrshire's Record by A.M. Struthers

This review, published in Scotland in November 1951, of the Ayrshire volume of the Third Statistical Account of Scotland by John Strawhorn and William Boyd was contributed by Rob Close.

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The Montgreenan Milestones

First published in Ayrshire Notes 46, Autumn 2013, and published here as a Web page with improved presentation and active linking.

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Alexander Sloan, The Miners' MP

An account of the life of the firebrand  socialist MP who represented South Ayrshire from 1939 to 1945.

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Largs to Brisbane – Tragic Voyage of the Southern Cross

The story of this tragic voyage highlights the strong historical, family and scientific connections between Largs and Brisbane, Western Australia. Mr David Guthrie Dunn of Knock Castle, Largs was a very accomplished sailor who named all his yachts ‘Southern Cross' due to his fascination with the southern seas.

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John McClymont Dunlop

(service number: 1822043)

Can you identify this man?

He was the rear gunner in a Lancaster shot down over France on 24th February 1944, and is buried in the churchyard at the village of Villers-sous-Preny in northern France.

Australian author Mike Colman is researhing the flight and crew for a book.

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James McAdam and the Loss of Waterhead

According to a family memoir, John McAdam of Craigengillan had a dishonourable hand in the loss of the estate of his former ward. It may be, however, that Craigengillan was traduced, and that James McAdam was the author of his own fate.

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James McAdam: Waterhead to Whitefoord

An account of the various houses James McAdam and his family occupied in Ayrshire. He was the father of John Loudon McAdam.

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Rev Robert Jaffray (1747-1814), Minister of Gallows Knowe Church, Kilmarnock

An account of the work of a minister at a time of almost universal attendance and sometimes bitter schism.

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The story of Adam Reid recounted through letters and diaries

This moving account of the short life of the devout Adam Reid is the sole article in Ayrshire Notes, 29, 2005.

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200 Years of the Ayr Advertiser

Ayrshire Notes, 26, 2003 was devoted to a long article on the history of this'venerable and estimable' local newspaper, with 16 illustrations, now available in full online.

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Ayrshire Miner's Rows, 1913.

Published by the AANHS in a facsimile edition in 1979 and long out of print, it is now available in full on the Ayrshire History Website.

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Ayrshire Stallion Leaders
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Deerness Covenanter Memorial [and its Ayrshire connection]
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Drowned while hunting with his otter-hounds - a 'melancholy accident' in the Water of Lugar near Slatehole Bridge
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Ayrshire Milestones: an illustrated catalogue of Ayrshire milestones, ordered by turnpike.
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Ayrshire Parishes: Location, dimensions, and population 1755-1801
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Sawney Bean: Myth or Myth
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The Bequest of Captain John Smith
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The Mercury Safety Air Gas Company Ltd.
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J & A Taylor, Engineers, Ayr
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Finlayson Arms, Coylton
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Stinchar Bridge, Colmonell
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Hugh Miller, 1802-1856, Geologist and Writer:
His Links with 19th Century Girvan
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Kilmarnock Gas Works
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An 18th-Century Inventory of Kilhenzie Castle
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The Riot at Deans Mill:  A Disturbance in Maybole, 1831
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Sweet Bargany House
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McClymont and Dunlop:
Water-powered Sawmills on the Girvan
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Two Extant Bridges of John & James Rutherford
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Records and Functions of Ayrshire Commissioners of Supply
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Marion Paul Aird 1815-1888
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Marion Paul Aird Revisited
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James Boswell of Auchinleck 1740-1795: An Introduction
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James Boswell's Address to the King
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The Disputed Location of Muirkirk Toll
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A Millennium Story: The King of Fanning Island
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Killochan Castle
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The Burning of Wallston Toll in the Parish of Tarbolton
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BBC Local Hero Caroline Burges and Eglinton Castle

Butt

Hume

Industrial Archaeology: Listings of Ayrshire sites in Butt (1967) and Hume (1976)
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McAdam's house in Penrith [John Loudon McAdam]
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Old Fingerposts in Ayrshire
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Thomas McCubbin, innkeeper, Eglinton Hotel Dalmellington, 1870s/1880s
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Kilkerran Pyroligneous Acid Works 1845 to 1945
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The Dalmellington Volunteers
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A Hanging at Symington Toll
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Index of Ayrshire Roads Trustees 1767 to 1805
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Quintin McAdam's Dalmellington Bypass and Bryce Macquiston's map
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Book Review:  Donald L Reid, The Beith Supplement:  The Story of Beith's Newspaper
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A Kilmarnock ‘Soiled Dove'    The sad history of Elizabeth Mulholland, born in Ireland about 1841, died in Kilmarnock in 1877.
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19th Century Photographers in Ayrshire: a preliminary list.
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Robert McLean (fl.1763), Crookedholm weaver and carpet maker
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The Cumnock Poaching Riot of 1833
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Hugh Pollock: The First Mr Enid Blyton
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Hugh Pollock: The First Mr Enid Blyton - An Update
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"our friend poor Oswald is no more".  The death of George Oswald, younger son of Richard Oswald of Auchnicruive, as recorded by the writer Laurence Sterne.
 
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