From Jamaica to Coylton: the story of Alexander Waters, with a Great War postscript

On 3rd September 1894, a large crowd assembled at Coylton churchyard to pay their last respects at the burial of a highly-regarded member of the local community. He was Alexander Waters, whose obituary appeared in that week’s issue of the Ayr Advertiser. He was described as being tall and erect with a somewhat military bearing, […]

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VJ Day in Ayr 1945

Following the surrender of Nazi Germany in May 1945, it was generally expected that there would be a long continuation of the war in the Far East; that British forces, after driving the Japanese from Burma, would fight on to re-take Malaya and Singapore, and would ultimately participate in a costly invasion of Japan. However, […]

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History on your Doorstep 2019

Save the Date. New Event! New Location! History on your Doorstep 2019 History & Family History Fair Come along to what promises to be an exciting new event. Our long-standing History Fair has moved to your Doorstep! Saturday 15th June 2019, Carnegie Library, Ayr We have a new location and new additions. During the day we […]

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Ayr’s Newfoundland Heritage

Come along to find out more about the Newfoundland Regiment’s experiences in WW1, and their time spent in Ayr, as the teams from South Ayrshire Libraries & Museum service and the Remembering Auld Ayr Facebook Group come together to share to host their first-ever joint event! Together we will share the Newfoundlander’s stories through film, […]

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News of Peace comes to Ayrshire 1918

In towns throughout Ayrshire, the arrival of news on Monday 11th November 1918 that an armistice to end the Great War had been signed with Germany brought crowds onto the streets. Workplaces and schools declared a holiday, bells were rung, and churches hastily organised thanksgiving services. Events in Troon were typical, as reported by the […]

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The Colourists of South Ayrshire

A rare opportunity to see an outstanding collection of Scottish Colourists is taking place at The Maclaurin Gallery at Rozelle, Ayr, from 18th August – 30th September 2018. The exhibition ‘Rhythm of Light: Scottish Colourists from the Fleming Collection’ normally tours museums and galleries south of the Border, and draws record crowds. However, as part […]

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