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Carn Publishing – Press Release: NEW IRVINE BOOK BY LOCAL TEACHER

A new book about Irvine has just been published by Irvine Royal Academy teacher, Dane Love. ‘A Look Back at Irvine’ is a pictorial reflection of old Irvine, complete with forty old photographs, each complete with detailed historical captions. Many of the pictures have not appeared in print before, and will be of interest to those residents of the ancient burgh, or exiles far afield.

‘A Look Back at Irvine’ is the author’s 34th book, and reflects his interest in all-things Ayrshire. He has taught at Irvine Royal for 27 years, over which time he has enjoyed discovering more about the history of the town. Dane Love enjoys finding out the ‘wee stories’ that don’t always find their way into everyday history books, bringing them back to the attention of current townsfolk. This book is no exception, and some historical characters from Irvine’s past have been unearthed once more.

Here the reader will find out more about many of the older shops in the streets that have changed over the years, and in Irvine’s case, have been obliterated completely. There are accounts of many individuals, events and buildings, and the author hopes that the book will make Irvine folk wish to start digging more into their local history.

Here one can read about the well incident in Cochrane Street, the town’s hymn-writers, the butts at the Low Green, the ropeworks, the Queen’s visit, the Covenanters, Mary Queen of Scots, and much, much more.

Dane Love has written many books on Ayrshire history, his previous works including ‘Ayrshire’s Lost Villages’, ‘Legendary Ayrshire’ and ‘Lost Ayrshire’. He has also written many Scottish-wide titles, including ‘Scottish Covenanter Stories’ and ‘Scottish Ghosts’. His first book was about Scottish graveyards.

‘A Look Back at Irvine’ is published by Carn Publishing and can be purchased in Irvine at Kaleidoscope Gifts or Small Talk Gifts. It is also available from or usual book outlets. It retails at £9.00 and the ISBN is 978 1 911043 07 2

Historic Mauchline


Containing: Ayr Jails by Jane Jamieson,
Killwinning Revisited by Margaret H. B. Sanderson
and A Bonnie Lass and the Heroine of a Nation by Petra Baillie


The Society publishes monographs with an Ayrshire theme usually once/twice a year. These are paperbacks with an illustrated cover usually in colour. The following titles are available from bookshops or directly from –

Ian Holland, 41 East Park Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, KA8 9JF

Ian Holland,  email:

Prices per copy and include postage (UK—foreign orders will be charged at cost).
Please make cheques payable to:
Ayrshire Archaeological and Natural History Society’.


Other Publications

Various books of historical interest are available from Scottish Local History Forum –

For those interested in vintage lorries – 25 Years of the Ayrshire Road Run by Bill Reid.

‘Kilwinning at the Time of the Reformation and its first Minister William Kirkpatrick’ and ‘Kilwinning Revisited’, by Margaret H. B. Sanderson.

The first article was published in 1972, and the author wishes to say that some points made then have been overtaken by the advance of time! To download this, click the link below:

The second article has been published in our ‘Ayrshire Collections 2018′. This is available for sale (see above), and can also be downloaded from our Members’ Section. We omitted to include the full captions for the two illustrations, which we now reproduce here:


Cross Brae, Kilwinning, looking eastwards towards the Bridge; early 20th century
(Author’s collection; digital image, John M. Sanderson).


Plan of the town of Kilwinning, from the Eglinton estate Plan Book, prepared by the land surveyor John Ainslie, 1789 (Reproduced by kind permission of the Earl of Eglinton and Winton. Digital image, The National Records of Scotland: RHP 3/52, No 1)


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