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 2016 - 2017 session got under way on the 15th of September when June Wiggins gave a fascinating talk on how our ancestors kept in touch. It covered a wide range from the technological advances of the 19th Century like the telegraph system to the more intimate simple messages that could be sent by using different angles when placing a postage stamp on a letter.

Our next meeting is on the 20th of October when we will attempt to provide answers to members' queries. If you would like to submit any queries for discussion please send them to

Members' Websites

We have added a new section on our Links Page for websites of our members. At present we have just the one but it is a very interesting one with extensive family trees mainly located in the parishes of Galston, Loudoun and Dundonald. If any other members have created family history websites and would like to make them available to us we would be very pleased to have them. Please send the details to

Revised Publication

Death and Burial Records in South Ayrshire

This publication lists the parishes of South Ayrshire with details of the locations of cemeteries and graveyards in each together with information on where the death and burial records can be found. First published in 1999, it has now been thoroughly revised and is up-to-date as of September 2016. Purchase details are on our Publications Page.