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.

Latest News

Society Meetings

Our 'open mic' night in April was once again a very successful meeting with various members covering topics as varied as refuseniks on the early census of 1801, the experiences of a man who only found his biological parentage late in life, the contrasting experiences of a Mormon family member migrating to Salt Lake City in the 19th Century, the hard life of applicants for poor relief in Dreghorn in the late 19th Century and the story of a family with a very strong connection to Ayr Gaiety Theatre. A fuller report will appear in the next edition of our journal. Thanks to all members who contributed.

On the 18th of May our meeting will feature John Stevenson telling us of "100 Years of Gutta Percha"

Our outing this year scheduled for the 25th of May will will be a guided tour of Stirling Castle. Any member who has not yet expressed an interest in this trip but would like to go on it is asked to get in touch by email

Our AGM will take place on the 18th of June. Any member wishing to raise any matters at it should get in touch with the Secretary by email or by post.

Calligraphy Exhibition

Anyone interested in the art of calligraphy is invited to attend the annual exhibition of the Glasgow Scribes. This will take place at the Art Space of Cass Art, 63-67 Queen Street, Glasgow from the 8th to the 28th of May. Admission is free and the hours are Monday to Wednesday 9am to 6pm, Thursday 9am to 7pm, Friday and Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 11am to 6pm.

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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Scots News Magazine

The March Issue of the Scots News magazine published in Queensland, Australia has been received in pdf format. Any member wishing to read articles in the magazine can get a pdf copy by applying to

South Ayrshire History & Family History Fair 2017

The South Ayrshire History & Family History fair is scheduled for Saturday the 3rd of June in the Walker Hall, Troon. The talks will cover some anticipated archaeological investigations in Ayr, Ayrshire links with Robert the Bruce, Alexander Stewart, the Wolf of Badenoch and Ayrshire content in SCRAN resources. Further information in due course.