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Ayrshire Links
Ayrshire Family History Societies and related sites
Scottish Links
Scottish Directories

Ayrshire Links

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 Archive Centre
The Centre acts as both a repository for the current and historic records of South Ayrshire and a base for the many activities which Ayrshire Archives is involved in.  Many of the historic records relate to the county rather than solely to the part of it which is now in the administrative district of South Ayrshire.

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.

Dailly Community Website

Dalry Burns Club
Dalry Burns Club has the longest continuous record of anniversary suppers in the world.

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

The Lordship & Barony of Kilmarnock

John Lapraik of Dalfram

Lowland Clearances

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.

Maybole History
This history section of the Maybole site contains articles and complete books about "Carrick's Capital", as well as many resources for family historians.

Montgomery Manuscripts    (Sheffield University)
James Montgomery was born at Irvine in Ayrshire on November 4th, 1771. He was sent to a Moravian school at Fulneck, near Leeds at an early age, and left aged 16 to become apprenticed to a shopkeeper. An attempt to make his way in London failed, and he returned to South Yorkshire, where he was appointed assistant editor to the Sheffield Register, to which he contributed extensively.

North Ayrshire Council Libraries

North Ayrshire Libraries

North Ayrshire Museum
North Ayrshire Council Museums Service:
              North Ayrshire Museum
              Vennel Gallery
              Museum of the Cumbraes
              Kilwinning Abbey Tower
              Independent Museums

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
In the Carnegie Library, Ayr, this houses a unique collection of books, pamphlets, directories, maps, plans, local newspapers and photographs.

The Art of Joseph Shearer (Around Auld Ayr, The History of Ayr, The Tam o' Shanter Inn, etc.)

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Ayrshire Family History Societies and Related Links

Ayrshire Genealogy

Ayrshire at

Alloway and Southern Ayrshire Family History Society

East Ayrshire Family History Society

Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society

Largs and North Ayrshire Family History Society

Troon @ Ayrshire Family History Society

Given the family links between Ayrshire and the North of Ireland, the following link may be of use.

North of Ireland Family History Society

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Scottish Links

General Register Office for Scotland [GRO(S)]

History of Photography in Edinburgh 

National Archives of Scotland
The official website of the National Archives of Scotland was launched on St Andrew’s Day. Among the many records which can be viewed on-line are the declaration of Arbroath, the earliest letter of Mary Queen of Scots, and the Act of Union 1710. The website also includes information on sources for family history.

National Library of Scotland
The website of Scotland’s national library. It brings you information on all the Library’s services, including how to use the reading rooms, and gives you instant access to the Library’s online catalogue. You can also find out about the Library’s fascinating collections of manuscripts, maps and rare books as well as our tailor-made information service for business and industry, SCOTBIS.

National Register of Archives

Public Record Office Catalogue

Scotland History a Scottish history and genealogy resource website. Scottish history, heritage, culture, photography, mountain climbing, wildlife & currrent events.

Scotland's People

The official government source of genealogical data for Scotland.

Statutory Registers: Births 1855-1901; Marriages 1855-1929; Deaths 1855-1954.

Old Parish Registers: Births & Baptisms 1553-1854; Banns & Marriages 1553-1854.

Census Records: 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901.

Wills & Testaments: free index search 1513-1901.

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 

Access to the Written History of Scotland" is the slogan of this major, lottery-funded project. See also Scotland's People above.

Scottish Place-Name Society

Scottish Screen Archive

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."


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Scottish Directories

Rampant Scotland
"The largest directory of Scottish links".  The History section has a large number of good sites.

Rural Community Gateway The gateway for information and services to rural communities in Scotland (a Scottish Executive initiative).

"Scotland's national internet signpost".  For Scottish history try Society and Culture/History.

Scottish Culture
This is a section of the About directory, within which many sites concerning Scottish history are to be found.

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