Ayr 800 Ayr Guildry, an association of local business people which itself dates back to 1325, is organising Ayr 800, a 12 month long calendar of events celebrating the 800th anniversary of Ayr throughout 2005.
Ayrshire Archaeological and Natural History Society. For the publications of the society, see the Ayrshire History website bibliography.
Ayrshire Source List at Glasgow University Archives & Business Records Centre
Boswell Papers at Yale University
Boswell Papers - the Yale Editions
British Library Manuscript Collections
East Ayrshire Council This is a comprehensive site coverang all council services. Just enter 'history' (without the quotation marks) and click 'search' to find the local and family history information and resources.
Dalry Burns Club
Knockshinnoch Mining Disaster This site is dedicated to the heroic rescue of 116 men trapped underground and the 13 souls who perished in the Knockshinnoch Castle Colliery disaster, September 1950
Material on the socio-economic conditions of lowland Scots who emigrated to Canada, presented as a series of lesson plans. Produced by the James McCowan Memorial Social History Society of Scarborough, Ontario. An extension of the society's work with BBC Radio Scotland in connection with the series, The Lowland Clearances. James McCowan (b.1773) worked at the Garlaff coalworks in Old Cumnock parish. He left in 1800, having taken a 19-year lease of Auchanbeg coalworks in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire.
Visit the sites at Saltcoats, Irvine, Kilwinning and Millport to discover the rich heritage of North Ayrshire. North Ayrshire Council Museums Service is part of the Educational Services directorate of North Ayrshire Council.
South Ayrshire Libraries: Scottish
and Local History Library
The Art of Joseph Shearer (Around Auld Ayr, The History of Ayr, The Tam o' Shanter Inn, etc.)
Given the family links between Ayrshire and the North of Ireland, the following link may be of use.
General Register Office for Scotland [GRO(S)]
Archives of Scotland
National Library of Scotland
Public Record Office Catalogue
Scotland History a Scottish history and genealogy resource website.
Scotsmag.com Scottish history, heritage, culture, photography, mountain climbing, wildlife & currrent events.
The official government source of genealogical data for Scotland.
Scots Family Here at Scots Family, we are Scotland's leading ancestor search service worldwide.
Scottish Libraries Across the Internet - the slainte search engine"Internet
From Ann Beaton: The Scottish Screen Archive recently published its accessible titles online in a searchable catalogue. I thought it appropriate to let you know about this catalogue as it would be of interest to you and the users of your website 'Ayrshire History' as we have a wealth of interesting moving images on film and video from all over Scotland and of Ayrshire, of course! It features a searchable database of our accessible film and video titles - offering different ways to Browse the catalogue (eg. place / biography / topic). We have included the option to buy VHS videos online and there are short digitised moving image clips related to these viewable on the site that we aim to add to over time. You can also perform detailed searches on the website. I think this website will be of great interest to your users - try the link on BROWSE THE CATALOGUE >> PLACES where you can link to films featuring AYRSHIRE, specifically.
The Scottish Screen Archive was established in 1976 and is a department of Scottish Screen, a publicly funded organisation.
The main purpose of the Archive is to locate, preserve and provide access to moving images reflecting Scottish twentieth and twenty first century culture and history. In addition the Archive collects a wide range of written and photographic materials relating to the development of cinema exhibition and film production in Scotland over the past 100 years.
SCRAN - "SCRAN presents Scotland's history and culture."
Rural Community Gateway The gateway for information and services to rural communities in Scotland (a Scottish Executive initiative).