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Latest update: 30-September-2020
Alterations to Programme page and additions to Collections and Ayrshire Notes.

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Our next Zoom presentation:

Thursday 8th October 2020

Professor Gerard Carruthers,
University of Glasgow:

Ellisland

This will be a “Zoom” presentation. If you have not got Zoom on your laptop, tablet or smart-phone then you can download it from “Google-APPS”. You do not need to purchase it and you can use it yourself free for 40-minute sessions.

You need to contact Ian Holland at treasurer@aanhs.org with your email address.

Please see the Programme page for full joining details and arrangements for these presentations.


Publications that are likely to be of interest to members and friends are shown below.
For our own in-house publication please see the “Publications For Sale” page.

Orchestrations of colour is devoted to the life and work of the Glaswegian stained glass artist-craftsman, Douglas Hamilton (1895-1959), who trained with the Stephen Adam Studio, studied at the Glasgow School of Art and served in the Great War.  He later moved on to Guthrie & Wells until setting up his own studio in 1938. From then until his death in 1959 he produced stained glass for the 90 or more churches listed in the gazetteer.  He rarely signed his windows so there are undoubtedly others, yet to be identified.

This book considers the process of gaining commissions and the iconography of the windows, especially when they include scenes of everyday life as well as Christian imagery.  There is a particular emphasis on the war memorial windows as well as a description of the stages involved in making stained glass and a discussion of his style.

The author is a priest in the Church of England, now retired and living in Leicestershire.  Jeff has long been interested in church buildings and furnishings, with a particular bent towards stained glass.  He is currently researching the work of the Victorian firm of the Horwood Brothers, Frome.  This is his fifth book.

Full colour throughout, 128 pages and more than 75 illustrations.

240mm x 170mm, soft cover.

ISBN: 978-1-8380680-0-4

Retail price £19.95.   FREE UK postage and packing when ordered direct from The Coplow Press.  Cheques payable to ‘J S Hopewell’.

For other methods of payment or postage to overseas destinations email: coplowpress@gmail.com

Send orders, stating name and full address, to:

The Coplow Press

23 Weare Close

Billesdon

Leicester

LE7 9DY

Email: coplowpress@gmail.com


Paisley Abbey Rental 1460 – 1550

PAISLEY ABBEY RENTAL 1460 – 1550

The Paisley Abbey Rental 1460-1550 is published by the Friends of Paisley Abbey, 208 pages, 22.4 x 15.6cm. It contains details of the rents, often in kind, paid for the extensive monastic properties in Renfrewshire & Ayrshire, as well as references to at least 400 surnames and to more than 1200 individuals. As such, it is an important tool for genealogical research and economic history during a period when such records are rare.

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The Paisley Abbey Rental is available from John Malden, 7 The Mill Building, Edington Mill, Duns TD11 3LE  (john.malden301@btinternet.com – 01890 819055) at a cost of Fifteen pounds (£15.00) including UK first class recorded postage; any profits will go to the Friends of Paisley Abbey.

Please send me _____ copy/ies of the Paisley Abbey Rental.

I enclose my cheque for ___________ Cheques should be made out to The Friends of Paisley Abbey

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BILBO BAGGINS’ AYRSHIRE CONNECTIONS
now on the Publications Online page

Our latest publication,
now available:


See details of these and other maps in our online articles.


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We can’t visit the pub. So download this great history of the famous Ayr inn. Enjoy Joseph Shearer’s delightful pictures.

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On our website …

Coronavirus: The “Pestilence” in Ayrshire’s history.
Programme: Our talks and presentations by experts.
Held (coronavirus times excepted) usually fortnightly on Thursday evenings, 7.30, at Ayr Town Hall.
Publications For Sale: 
Monographs in print
and available for purchase.
Publications Online: A wide range of out-of-print articles to download and enjoy at your leisure. Plenty of interesting reading here. Arranged in alphabetical order.
Ayrshire Notes: Over 30 editions of this publication.
Life at the Time of Burns: The complete AANHS publication of 1959, “Ayrshire at the Time of Burns”. Written by top experts and unequaled since.
Ayr, 750 years:  This page contains “The Royal Burgh of Ayr, volume 2”, full of interest, first published in the 1950s.
Calendar: A broad sweep of our annual events plus the date of the next Committee Meeting.
Links: A wealth of information on linked websites about Ayrshire and its history.
How to Join: If not already a member, we hope you will join to get full benefit from the AANHS, a very well-established and respected society.
Contact: Relevant email addresses.
The Committee


The Society has over 170 members, mainly resident in Ayrshire but there are many members throughout Britain and the world. The membership also includes library and university bodies. The Society is one of the few which publishes regularly. At least one Monograph is usually issued each year, free to members, and on sale to the general public.
Meetings are held during the winter months in the Town Hall, Sandgate, Ayr. Members of the public are freely welcome to attend these meetings to see if they would like to become a member. In the summer months, trips are organised to various places of interest.

 These are some of our online monographs …

Aims of the Society:  to …

  • promote interest in archaeology, history, natural history with particular reference to Ayrshire
  • encourage the study of these subjects and stimulate research
  • promote the conservation of the heritage of Ayrshire
  • publish regularly material relevant to the Society’s objectives
  • co-operate with appropriate organisations

The Society is affiliated to the following organisations:

  • Ayrshire Federation of Historical Societies
  • Council for Scottish Archaeology
  • British Association for Local History
  • Ayr Arts Guild
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Accounts: please click this link

2020 Accounts

History of the Society

The society’s origins go back to 1877. The AANHS was founded in 1947 to promote the study of Ayrshire history and natural history.

For the history of the society prior to the founding of the AANHS see AANHS Collections 1947-1949 Second Series Volume 1.

At the instigation of R W Cochran-Patrick of Woodside, a meeting was held in the County Buildings, Ayr on 19th October 1877 to consider the formation of an Archaeological Society for the counties of Ayr and Wigtown. This was the inception of the Ayrshire and Wigtownshire Archaeological Association. The AWAA published descriptions, illustrated with plans or drawings of various prehistoric and mediaeval remains in the counties of Ayr and Wigtown; printed early charters, manuscripts, historical documents, ecclesiastical, municipal and parochial records and other material relating to the history, antiquities, topography and genealogy of the district. The first volume appeared in 1878. In 1885 the title of the society was changed to the Ayrshire and Galloway Archaeological Association to extend its scope to Kirkcudbright. This Association was wound up in 1897 at the 14th general meeting. In all, the Association published 18 volumes, including 2 at R Vans Agnew’s expense on Sir Patrick Waus.