One hundred years ago, families spread across the whole of Ayrshire were mourning the loss of loved ones. News was arriving of the heaviest loss of life the county had yet suffered in the Great War. On 12 July 1915, Scottish soldiers of the 52nd Lowland Division rose from their trenches and charged part of […]Read More Ayrshire’s soldiers at Gallipoli
New revised Reminiscence Boxes available for loan Carnegie Library’s Local History Department has Reminiscence Boxes available for loan. The boxes contain memorabilia which help bring back memories of past times and provide talking points for the elderly and people with dementia. These boxes have been very popular with nursing homes and day centres and are […]Read More Let’s talk about the old days!
The 25th of January will see world-wide festivities commemorating the birthday of South Ayrshire’s most celebrated local hero, Robert Burns (1759-1796). A marble bust of Scotland’s national bard is on display in the local history area of Carnegie Library, Ayr. It was sculpted by Amelia R. Hill (1820-1904), who was born Amelia Robertson Paton in Dunfermline, […]Read More The bust of Robert Burns in Ayr Carnegie Library
St John’s Tower in Citadel Place is all that remains of Ayr’s medieval parish church, dedicated to St John the Baptist. The church appears to have been founded in the late twelfth century, and it was enlarged during the following centuries. In 1315 King Robert the Bruce convened a parliament or assembly in the church […]Read More St John’s Tower: a survivor of Ayr’s medieval past
As winter begins to bite, most people will be hoping that conditions do not become too extreme. However, there are those who will have no complaints if the temperature plummets well below freezing – the aficionados of outdoor ice skating and curling. Our photograph files include an old view of Castlehill Pond, Ayr, frozen up […]Read More Winter fun and games on Ayr’s Castlehill Pond in days gone by
St Andrew’s Day on 30 November is significant for Russia as well as for Scotland, as St Andrew is also that country’s patron saint. Here are a few of the connections which link South Ayrshire and Imperial Russia. Surgeon Thomas Garvine, the son of an Ayr merchant, was one of many Scots who entered the […]Read More Some Russian Connections – and a trip to China
Each year, Remembrance Day sees commemoration services at the many war memorials scattered throughout Ayrshire. The men and women whose names are inscribed on them served in a wide variety of units of the Armed Services, but one of those most prominently represented is the county’s regular infantry regiment, the Royal Scots Fusiliers. The regiment […]Read More Ayrshire’s Infantry Regiment: the Royal Scots Fusiliers