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The 1837 Pigot's Ayrshire Directory on this site has a full listing of Ayrshire towns and contains the names of many gentry and tradesman. If you have Ayrshire ancestry you may find a long lost relative here. The directory may be searched for surnames using the site search function.

Local history books

Bookmark this page as more items of historical interest will be added here later.

View of Newton on Ayr circa 1693

Click on the old postcard images and sketches of Ayr below to view them full size

"The mark of a Scot of all classes [is that] he ... remembers and cherishes the memory of his forebears, good or bad; and there burns alive in him a sense of identity with the dead even to the twentieth generation."  Robert Louis Stevenson

NewFree download - backgrounds of old Ayr from www.bigbackgrounds.com. Nice single screen backgrounds also.

Twa Brigs in Ayr (dual)

Twa Brigs in Ayr

Gardens, Pavilion, and Heads of Ayr (dual)

Gardens, Pavilion, and Heads of Ayr

Auld Brig in Ayr (dual)

Auld Brig in Ayr

The River Ayr (dual)

The River Ayr