Thank you to all – public and stallholders – who attended the South Ayrshire History Fair on Saturday at Troon. It was a most successful day despite the weather.
We are especially grateful to Neil Fraser from SCRAN, who very kindly agreed to come from his stall to give a presentation when our second speaker, Alistair McEwan, was unable to attend, having unfortunately been taken ill. Remote access to the amazing resources of the SCRAN website has just been arranged for all members of South Ayrshire Libraries.
Councillor Peter Convery having opened the event, the programme of talks was presided over with cheerful authority by eminent historian Professor Dauvit Broun.
With the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War approaching, our own local history librarian Tom Barclay covered many aspects of Ayrshire’s involvement in the war, including the auxiliary hospitals run by the Red Cross and the many war memorials erected after the end of the conflict.
Thomas Clancy of the University of Glasgow looked at the place-names mentioned in the earliest Ayrshire charters of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, placed them in the context of the complex linguistic history of the area in the early Middle Ages, and explained what can be learned, and guessed at, from their distribution.
Archaeologist Derek Alexander of the National Trust for Scotland described the alterations and explorations which have taken place in recent centuries in the vicinity of the Bannockburn Visitor Centre, culminating in the recent extensive survey and excavation work leading up to the 700th anniversary of the battle.
We hope you can join us for next year’s Fair will take place on Saturday the 6th of June at the usual venue of the Walker Halls, Troon.