From David Thom, 5 Oct 05: The
Census records for 1881 refer to a Corsehill Barracks, at Coylton,
which would, I asume, have been in the vicinity of Corsehill Farm,
and at the time of the Census it appears to have been a 'multiple
residence' I would be interested to learn the history of the establishment
as I never heard it mentioned by any of my Coylton family. Was it
built Cromwellian times; after the Jacobean uprisings; or during
the Napoleonic threat? Or was it perhaps a base for a contingent
of the Ayrshire Yeomanry? When was it taken over for Civilian use
and for what purpose? (It may have been a 'work-house' type of establishment.)
As always, I will be most grateful for any enlightenment.
Wallace Hay, 18 August 2006: Below are 2 Photos of Corsehill
site. The first shows Corsehill Barracks mid Thirties. The second
as it is today. Corsehill Barracks was officially
called Montgomery Terrace in the Twenties and Thirties. [From information
supplied by Wallace Hay in March 2006:] this building was always
a tenement with a shop at the front the proprieter being an Italian.
It got the name barracks as a nickname originally, this place looks
like a barracks and it stuck. It stood on the north side of the
A70 west of Sunnyside Cottage which is still there at Corsehill
Toll. It was demolished in the mid Thirties as the council houses
as you come into Coylton were ready to house its occupants by then,
a modern bungalow occupies the site these days.