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1951 CENSUS – a digest by John Strawhorn
Ayrshire 1931 to 1951
Ayrshire Census Digest 1931_1951
ADAM WILSON & SONS
A history of Adam Wilson & Sons, Troon,
Home & Foreign Timber Merchants, founded 1856
(THE) ALEXANDER COLLECTION, AYR
The story of an educator’s passion for teaching and educating about the Ayrshire he loved, 1935.
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
ANCIENT MONUMENTS IN AYRSHIRE
How many of these do you know?
Ancient Monuments in Ayrshire
Its story and ownership.
(SELECTIONS FROM THE) AUCHENHARVIE PAPERS
Selections from the Auchenharvie Papers
(THE) AUTHORSHIP OF THE “HISTORIE OF THE KENNEDYIS”
Historie of the Kennedies
AYR: A STUDY OF URBAN GROWTH
Townscape development: street systems, landplots, buildings and their developing inter-relationships.
From earliest times to the Union of the Crowns
Ayr Harbour – Vol 1
Crossraguel and Kilwinning.
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 COAL MINING AND ANCILLARY INDUSTRIES
The geology, the companies and the collieries operating from the beginning of the 20th century to 1947 when the industry was nationalised.
Ayrshire Coal Mining
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
(OLD) AYRSHIRE HARBOURS
Old Ayrshire Harbours
Natural stones mined in Ayrshire and used for fine sharpening and polishing.
Ayrhire Honestones 1
AYRSHIRE LANDED ESTATES IN THE 19TH CENTURY
Ayrshires Landed Estates
Connected with the muslin trade of Glasgow and Paisley. Part of Ayrshire’s place in the industrial revolution.
AYRSHIRE PARISH CLERKS
Ayrshire Parish Clerks
A 1956 survey.
Ayrshire Rookeries Vol 6
AYRSHIRE SURVEY 1947-1949
The third Statistical Account.
Ayrshire Survey 1947_49 – Vol 1
(THE) BARONY OF ALLOWAY. 1324 – 1754
A brief, general introduction to the fascinating story of the Barony of Alloway.
(THE) BATTLEFIELD OF LOUDOUN HILL, 1307
The Battlefield of Loudounhill
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
Birds of Ayrshire – 1966 – Vol 7
(THE) BRIG OF AYR
and something of its story, by James Morris, 1912.
(A) BURIAL GROUND OF THE MIDDLE BRONZE AGE AT GIRVAN
Bronze Age Burial Ground at Girvan
(THE) BRAW NEW COAT
John Ballantine and the New Brig of Ayr.
A Braw New Coat
BRONZE AGE IN AYRSHIRE
Bronze Age in Ayrshire
BURGHS OF AYRSHIRE
Prestwick, Ayr, Irvine, Newton-Upon-Ayr, Mauchline. A great account of how the burghs developed over hundreds of years.
By George S. Pryde, who was Professor of Scottish History at Glasgow University.
The Burghs of Ayrshire
(THE) CARRICK COVENANT OF 1638
The Carrick Covenant of 1638
(THE) CASSILLIS PAPERS
In date they cover 54 years (1459-1513), from the end of James II’s reign to the death of James IV. These years were a formative period of history, and several characteristics of the age are illustrated in these documents.
The Cassillis Papers
(THE) CATHCARTS OF CARLETON AND KILLOCHAN
The Cathcarts of Carleton and Killochan
CESSNOCK, AN AYRSHIRE ESTATE IN THE AGE OF IMPROVEMENT
CHURCH BELLS OF AYRSHIRE
Church Bells of Ayrshire- Vol 1
(A) CINERARY URN FROM OCHILTREE
A Bronze Age urn of considerable interest to archaeologists.
A Cinerary Urn fromOchiltree
CITADEL, AYR – AN EXCAVATION
COAL MINING ENTERPRISE IN AYRSHIRE c.1600-1840
“The Finest Place for a Lasting Colliery”.
Finest Place for a Lasting Colliery
CORRESPONDENCE OF THE FIRST EARL OF DUNDONALD
39 letters giving a window onto the world of the upper class in 17th century Ayrshire.
Correspondence of the First Earl of Dundonald
DIGGING UP AULD AYR
An excavation of 102 – 104 High Street.
Digging up Auld Ayr
“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
EXCAVATION OF A BURIAL CHAMBER AT HAYLIE, LARGS
Excavation of a Burial Chamber at Haylie Largs
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
The Nithsdale Road. + An old road in Loudoun Parish. + Recent finds.
FIELD STUDY GROUP
Brief updates on studies done between 1953 and 1957
Field Study Group 1952_1957
(THE) FINEST PLACE FOR A LASTING COLLIERY
See “Coal Mining Enterprise in Ayrshire c.1800-1840”
FOSSIL TREE STUMPS AT SALTCOATS
Fossil Tree Stumps at Saltcoats
(THE) GILBERTINE HOUSE AT DALMILLING
Plans for a priory for Gilbertine canons and nuns.
THe Gilbertine House of Dalmilling
(THE) GRAMMAR SCHOOL OF AYR 1746-1796
Ayr Grammar School 1746-1796
HERRING AND OTHER FISH OF THE CLYDE ESTUARY
An interesting report, written by a fisherman, on various aspects of the fishing, so much of which has disappeared in the intervening half century or so.
Herring and other finds in the Clyde Estuary
Village and countryside for visitors.
(A) HOARD OF COINS FROM BARR
Found on a farm near Girvan – a pottery bank or “pirlie-pig” with extremely interesting contents!
A Hoard of Coins from Barr
(THE) IRON INDUSTRY IN AYRSHIRE
A detailed account of the rise and fall of this important aspect of Ayrshire’s economic history.
The Iron Industry in Ayrshire
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
The town at the time of the Reformation.
KIRK SESSION BOOK OF JOHN WELCH, 1604-1605, EXTRACTS
Kirk Session Book – John Welch
(THE) KIRKS OF BALLANTRAE
A Survey of the Buildings.
The Kirks of Ballantrae
(THE) LATE ARCHIBALD FAIRBAIRN, Esq.
The Late Archibald Fairbairn
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
MAUCHLINE MEMORIES OF ROBERT BURNS
Mauchline Memories of Robert Burns
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
“A Scottish Renaissance Household”. Sir William Hamilton and Newton Castle in 1559.
Renaissance Househld – Newton Castle
(THE) ORIGINS OF FEUDAL AYRSHIRE
The making of the shire of Ayr. This article goes right back to “Old King Cole”, the real person, not just a nursery rhyme.
THe Origins of Feudal Ayrshire
(THE) OVERSEAS TRADE OF AYRSHIRE, 1660-1707
By T. C. Smout, M.A., Ph.D.
Overseas Trade of Ayrshire
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
(A) PORTINCROSS CANNON
From a wreck? From the Spanish Armada even?
A Portincross Cannon
PRESBYTERY OF AYR
1581 – 1981
The Presbytery of Ayr
PRESBYTERY OF AYR: ITS SCHOOLS AND SCHOOLMASTERS, 1642-1746
Ayr Presbytery – Schools and Schoolmasters
PRINTING IN AYR AND KILMARNOCK
Newspapers, periodicals, books and pamphlets printed from about 1780 until 1920 in the towns of Ayr and Kilmarnock.
(THE) PROTOCOL BOOK OF HENRY PRESTOUN
Notes from a 16th century Ayr notary.
The Protocol Book of Henry Prestoun
RAILS TO AYR
18th and 19th century coal waggonways.
REFERENDUM ON THE SABBATH
Referendum on the Sabbath
Referendum on the Sabbath
REPORT ON THE KENNEDY MAUSOLEUM AT BALLANTRAE
Report on the Kennedy Mausoleum at Ballantrae
RICHARD OSWALD THE PEACEMAKER
Richard Oswald the Peacemaker
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
(THE) SPITTALS OF AYRSHIRE
The Hospitals of Celtic and Medieval Times.
The Spitals of Madieval Times
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
Irish potato workers in Ayrshire
THREE AYRSHIRE CHARTERS
Each charter in original Latin and translation, with commentaries.
Three Ayrshire Charters
(THE) TRINITARIANS OF FAILFORD
“In pre-Reformation times there existed at Fail, not far from Tarbolton, a house of friars of the Order of Holy Trinity for the Redemption of Captives”.
The Trinitarians of Failford
VERNACULAR BUILDING IN AYRSHIRE
By John R. Hume. This is AANHS monograph No.29, complete.
Vernacular Building in Ayrshire
VINQUISH (COBALT DEFICIENCY) IN SHEEP
… and its geological distribution in south-west Scotland.
Vinquish_Cobald Deficiency_in Sheep – Vol 1
WHAT IS INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY?
By R. H. Campbell, M.A., Ph.D. Professor of Economic History, University of East Anglia.
What is Industrial Archaeology
WILD BIRDS OF AYRSHIRE
Summary of a lecture given to the Society in 1948.
Wild Birds of Ayrshire – Vol 1
(A) WINE-MERCHANT’S LETTER-BOOK
Alexander Oliphant & Co. is a well-known name from the smuggling days of the 18th century. The premises are still occupied by wine-merchants to this day.
A Wine_Merchants Letter_Book
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