Troon on the Ayrshire Coast is famous among railway enthusiasts as one end of the first railway in Scotland to use a steam locomotive. The line had been developed by the Duke of Portland in 1812 to carry coal from his coal mines at Kilmarnock to the port at Troon and introduced steam power some five years later. Since then the town has grown to become the main town in the Parish of Dundonald.

The Troon @ Ayrshire Family History Society founded in 1989 has built up a wide range of knowledge on the people of Dundonald and the other parishes in South Ayrshire. Please browse our website to learn more about us and the assistance we can give to people researching their Scottish Ancestry.

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Society Meetings

What connects a rubbery material from Borneo with Cathkin Braes near Glasgow, the Australian Gold Fields and the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock? The answer came to us on our Thursday meeting in May when John Stevenson gave us his talk on 100 years of Gutta Percha. He told us how the brothers Robert and James Dick made their fortunes from the the use of Gutta Percha in footwear and from gold mining in Australia and how James used his wealth to gift the Cathkin Braes for public leisure pursuits and to fund the creation of the Dick Institute. You will be able to read a full account of this fascinating talk in the next issue of the Society Journal.

Millport: Habitat, Heritage, Holidays

The Ayrshire Federation of Historical Societies is holding a one day conference in the Millport Field Centre (formerly Marine Station) on Saturday 16th September 2017 with the following programme.

10.30 Coffee & Registration

11.00 Introduction

11.15 Buteshire: Geographical, Historical, and Topographical, Rob Close

11.35 The Battle of Largs, Ted Cowan

12.10 The Big Cumbrae and the Bute Estates, Lyndsey Nairn

12.45-2.00 Lunch [provided]

14.00 A Dark Green De Dion Phaeton: Bute and 1903 Motor Car Act, Rob Close

14.20 Millport for the Holidays, Alastair Durie

14.55 The Story of Millport's Marine Station, Geoff Moore

15.30 Dorita Fairlie Bruce's Firth of Clyde, Beth Dickson

The conference has been timed for a bus service to meet the 9:45 ferry from Largs and for a 4:15 bus outside the Field Centre to connect with the 4:30 ferry back to Largs. The conference fee is £15 including morning coffee/tea & lunch to be paid by 4th of September. Full details can be obtained from Rob Close, email, telephone 01292 590273

A Talk about the scotlandspeople Website

East Ayrshire Family History Society is holding an afternoon meeting at 1:30 pm on Thursday 5th of October in the New Farm Loch Community Centre in Kilmarnock when Ian Ferguson of scotlandspeople will present information on what is happening at present with the website and the plans for the future. He will answer questions from the audience after his talk. The Community Centre has excellent facilities and ample parking space. Information about the event can be obtained from the East Ayrshire FHS at

New Publication

We have now published Volume 5 of our continuing series of Airshire News. We have reached the decade 1831 to 1840 when the Glasgow to Ayr railway was constructed and began operation through the area covered by the extracts from a local newspaper that we publish as Airshire News. The early days of this railway service were not without incident. Other than that we have the record of ships passing in and out of the Port of Troon and the tales of happiness and distress that make up local journalism. The available version at present is the print version at £6 (+p&p). A CD version will follow shortly. Purchasing details can be found on the Publications Page.

New Website for Ayrshire Archives

Ayrshire Archives have announced a new Website and Facebook Page.

To find out all about Ayrshire Archives and keep up to date with their services visit the website at

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Australian Journals

The June Issues of the Scots News Magazine published in Queensland, Australia and The Cedar Log (Richmond-Tweed FHS) from New South Wales have been received in pdf format. Any member wishing to read articles in the magazines can get pdf copies by applying to