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CONTENTS AT A GLANCE:

Ancient Fish Traps on the North Ayrshire Coast
Ayr: A Study of Urban Growth

Ayr Harbour
Ayrshire Abbeys
Ayrshire Cattle

Ayrshire Commissioners of Supply
Ayrshire Harbours
Ayrshire Hone-Stones
Ayrshire Rookeries

Ayrshire Survey 1947-1949
Birds, Ayrshire
Birds in Ayrshire, 1949-1960

Birds of Ailsa Craig
Birds of Ayrshire, a checklist
[see also “Wild Birds of Ayrshire”]
Bronze Age in Ayrshire
Church Bells of Ayrshire
Citadel, Ayr – Excavation
Coal Mining Enterprise in Ayrshire c.1600-1840
Digging Up Auld Ayr
Dundonald Castle
Fail Monastery and Fail Castle

Farming – “On an Ayrshire Farm”
Fenwick – The Annuls of Fenwick
John Smith (parts 1 & 2)
John Taylor, Esq., M.D.
John Welch and his Garden
Kestrels and Barn Owls
Kilwinning
Letters of George Demster

Loudoun Hall – The Building
Loudoun Hall – The Owners
Miners’ Rows
Mute Swan in Ayrshire

Newmilns – A Community Rent Asunder
Newmilns – The Story
Newmilns – The Weavers and the American Civil War
Newton Castle and Sir William Hamilton in 1559

People of 16th Century Ayrshire
Plant Life in Ayrshire
Presbytery of Ayr
Printing in Ayr and Kilmarnock
Referendum on the Sabbath
Shipping Trade of Ayrshire
“So Fast to Ruin”
Stevenston and Saltcoats
Stone Ages in Ayrshire
Vinquish in Sheep
Wild Birds of Ayrshire


ANCIENT FISH TRAPS ON THE NORTH AYRSHIRE COAST:
Ardrossan to Hunterston
A variety of ingenious methods of capturing fish in tidal waters are in use today around the world. Generally similar methods have probably been in use in the British Isles from earliest times.
Ancient Fish Traps

AYR: A STUDY OF URBAN GROWTH
Townscape development: street systems, landplots, buildings and their developing inter-relationships.
Ayr Growth

AYR HARBOUR
From earliest times to the Union of the Crowns
Ayr Harbour – Vol 1

AYRSHIRE ABBEYS
Crossraguel and Kilwinning.
Ayrshire Abbeys

AYRSHIRE CATTLE
Origin and development of the breed of Ayrshire cattle, and how the Ayrshire cow has been improved. This was a lecture to the Society in 1949.
The Ayrshire Breed of Cattle -Vol 1

AYRSHIRE COMMISIONERS OF SUPPLY
“Local Government in the 18th and 19th Centuries.” Taxation, Roads and Bridges, Rogue Money, Police, Prisons, Military Affairs, Education and Court Houses.
Ayrshire Commissioners of Supply – Vol 1

AYRSHIRE HARBOURS
Old Ayrshire Harbours
Ayrshire Harbours

AYRSHIRE HONE-STONES
Natural stones mined in Ayrshire and used for fine sharpening and polishing.
Ayrhire Honestones 1

AYRSHIRE ROOKERIES
A 1956 survey.
Ayrshire Rookeries Vol 6

AYRSHIRE SURVEY 1947-1949
The third Statistical Account.
Ayrshire Survey 1947_49 – Vol 1

BIRDS, AYRSHIRE
Notes on some Ayrshire Birds
Notes on some Ayrshire Birds – Vol 6

BIRDS IN AYRSHIRE, 1949-1960
Some observations on the status and distribution.
Birds in Ayrshire 1949-1969 – Vol 6

BIRDS OF AILSA CRAIG
Guillemot, Razorbill, Puffin, Lesser black-backed gull, Herring gull, Greater black-backed gull.
Birds of Ailsa Craig – Vol 3

BIRDS OF AYRSHIRE
A checklist.
Birds of Ayrshire – 1966 – Vol 7

BRONZE AGE IN AYRSHIRE
Bronze Age in Ayrshire

CHURCH BELLS OF AYRSHIRE
Church Bells of Ayrshire- Vol 1

CITADEL, AYR – AN EXCAVATION

Excavations at the Citadel

COAL MINING ENTERPRISE IN AYRSHIRE c.1600-1840
“The Finest Place for a Lasting Colliery”.
Finest Place for a Lasting Colliery

DIGGING UP AULD AYR
An excavation of 102 – 104 High Street.
Digging up Auld Ayr

DUNDONALD CASTLE
“The royal castle of Dundonald crowns the summit of a prominent hill which rises abruptly from the plain of Kyle just west of the delightful village of Dundonald…”
Dundonald Castle – Vol 1

FAIL MONASTERY AND FAIL CASTLE
Founded in 1252 for the Red Friars. The monastery was built on the mediaeval main road from Ayr to Edinburgh via Newmilns near a ford across the Water of Fail.
Fail Monastery & Fail Castle – Vol 1

FARMING – ON AN AYRSHIRE FARM 1823 – 1824
By John Strawhorn M.A., Ph.D. Based on the diary of Henry Richmond of East Montgarswood in the parish of Sorn. Published by the AANHS in 1974.
On an Ayrshire Farm

FENWICK – THE ANNULS OF FENWICK
A journal of local events.
Annuls of Fenwick

JOHN SMITH parts 1 & 2
In 1895 John Smith of Dalry published his famed book “Prehistoric Man in Ayrshire”.
John Smith of Dalry Part 1
John Smith of Dalry Part 2

JOHN WELCH AND HIS GARDEN
An extraordinary story. John Welch came to Ayr in 1600 as assistant to the then minister of the town and then became the town’s minister in 1604. His garden became “one of the most sacred and historic places in Ayr”.
John Welch and his Garden – Vol 1

JOHN TAYLOR ESQ, M.D. of Blackhouse, Ayrshire (1805-42)
The story of an ‘agitator’.
John Taylor of Blackhouse – Vol 1

KESTRELS AND BARN OWLS
Who will save them?
Kestrels & Barn Owls – Vol 6

KILWINNING

The town at the time of the Reformation.
Kilwinning
Kilwinning

LETTERS OF GEORGE DEMSTER
Demster was MP for Forfar and Fife from 1761 to 1790. Burns, in his “Earnest Cry and Prayer” eulogised him as “a true-blue Scot”.
Letters of George Dempster – Vol 1

LOUDOUN HALL – THE BUILDING
A survey done in March 1972, while the property commonly known as ‘Gadgirth House’ situated at 68/70 High Street was being  demolished. This marked the disappearance of the last recognisably medieval house in Ayr apart from Loudoun Hall.
House of John Blair_Loudoun Hall

LOUDOUN HALL – THE OWNERS
The oldest house in Ayr, one of the very few examples surviving in Scotland today of domestic burgh architecture dating from the period of Flodden. It was built very early in the sixteenth century, if not in the late fifteenth.
Loudoun Hall and its Owners – Vol 1

MINERS’ ROWS 1913
“Ayrshire Miners’ Rows, 1913”. Squalor and indignities brought vividly into focus by the Ayrshire Miners Union report, reproduced here in facsimile.
Ayrshire Miners Rows

MONKS’ ROAD TO THEIR LANDS
The road, still called the Monks’ Road, served the lands of the Monks of Mauchline, acquired after the Reformation by the Earl of Loudoun. The section from the old ford at Failford to the farm of Red(w)rae, near the ruins of Fail Monastery is still in use, to the east of the present road from Ayr to Galston.
Monks Road to their lands – Vol 1

MUTE SWAN IN AYRSHIRE
A 1955 census.
Mute Swan in Ayrshire – Vol6

NEWMILNS – A COMMUNITY RENT ASUNDER
The Laceweavers’ Strike of 1897.
A Community Rent asunder

NEWMILNS – THE STORY
On the 9th of January in the year 1491, at the Palace of Linlithgow, King James IV affixed his Great Seal to a Charter, announcing to all men of goodwill in the Kingdom of Scotland the creation into a free burgh of barony of the town of Newmyllis in the Sheriffdom of Ayr.
Newmilns – Burgh Story

NEWMILNS – THE WEAVERS AND THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
During the American Civil War influential sections of opinion in this country either favoured the South or proclaimed a policy of neutrality. But throughout the country, larger or smaller coteries from the “London Emancipation Society” to what the “Glasgow Herald” called “her small sister at Newmilns” were vocal in their support of Lincoln and the Emancipation of the Slaves.
Newmilns Weavers and the American Civil War – Vol 1

NEWTON CASTLE
“A Scottish Renaissance Household”. Sir William Hamilton and Newton Castle in 1559.
Renaissance Househld – Newton Castle

PEOPLE OF 16TH CENTURY AYRSHIRE
A picture of Ayrshire communities at that time.
People of Ayrshire

PLANT LIFE IN AYRSHIRE
By Dr Dr Ralph Kirkwood BSc PhD FRSE FIBiol, Reader in the Dept. of Biology at the University of Strathclyde. Beautifully illustrated by Margaret Foulds DA.
Published by the AANHS in 1992.
Plant Life in Ayrshire

PRESBYTERY OF AYR
1581 – 1981
The Presbytery of Ayr

PRINTING IN AYR AND KILMARNOCK
Newspapers, periodicals, books and pamphlets printed from about 1780 until 1920 in the towns of Ayr and Kilmarnock.
printing-in-ayr-and-kilmarnock

REFERENDUM ON THE SABBATH
Referendum on the Sabbath

SHIPPING TRADE OF AYRSHIRE
1689 to 1791
Shipping Trade of Ayrshire

“SO FAST TO RUIN”
The personal element in the collapse of Douglas, Heron and Company.
Ayr Bank Crash

STEVENSTON AND SALTCOATS
Notes extracted from a verbatim record of the suit brought by Patrick Warner, Esq., of Ardeer and his guardians against Robert Reid Cunninghame, Esq., of Auchenharvie, Stevenston, August, 1798 till March, 1799.
Local History – Stevenston & Saltcoats – Vol 1

STONE AGES IN AYRSHIRE
A fascinating survey written by top experts in the field and published by the AANHS in 1989.
Stone Age in Ayrshire

VINQUISH (COBALT DEFICIENCY) IN SHEEP
… and its geological distribution in south-west Scotland.
Vinquish_Cobald Deficiency_in Sheep – Vol 1

WILD BIRDS OF AYRSHIRE
Summary of a lecture given to the Society in 1948.
Wild Birds of Ayrshire – Vol 1

 

 

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