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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Auld Ayr Exhibition at Carnegie Library

During the month of October there is an exhibition of historic material about the town of Ayr linked to the archeological investigations going on in the recently cleared site in the High Street.

A special exhibition in Ayr Carnegie Library’s non-fiction lending area showcasing the original source material which has informed the professional archaeologists, as they prepare to dig deeper, and investigate what lies at the heart of Auld Toun. The Riverside Block on Ayr’s High Street occupies part of the earliest core of the Royal Burgh as laid out after the grant of its charter in 1205. Sitting between the late C15th Auld Bridge, and the C18th New Bridge, the original C13th plots were laid out falling from the High Street to the River Ayr. Representing Ayr’s commercial past, and the epitome of its 20th century development, this plot was never expected to become available as a site of interest.

Visit the Carnegie’s Local History department to see the maps, photographs and books which helped the Archaeologists understand the history of the site over 800 years, and, provide the clues as to what the dig might reveal!

Society Meetings

Instead of an evening meeting in November we are having an afternoon visit to the Mitchell library in Glasgow. The staff there will show us the wealth of family history resources there. The coach for the trip will leave the Car Park at Ivy Cottage at 12 noon and will leave Glasgow at 4:30 pm. Members wishing to attend who have not already given their names can apply by email to by the 29th 0f October at the latest.

Please go to our Meetings Page for the full Session Programme.

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.

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