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

We will be at sea, or maybe up in the air, on Thursday the 16thof February when Jim Hood will give us a Tale of an Aircraft Carrier. This talk will be of interest to naval and aviation historians as well as family historians. Visitors welcome.

Calling all Duries

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo has a theme for this year of "A Splash of Tartan". On each night a different pair of clans or families will be featured. On Friday 25th August the featured families will be the Duries and the Bruces. The Clan chiefs will appear on the Castle Esplanade with other family members and the family role in Scotland's national heritage will be presented to the audience while their tartans are projected on to the Castle and Esplanade. After this the family members will take their places in the audience and the Tattoo will begin. Blocks of seats are being held for Duries on the night but only until 1st March. If any Duries out there are interested and would like further information on this and other events planned for that weekend please go to the 'News' tab on

East Ayrshire FHS 20th Anniversary

In March 2017 the East Ayrshire Family History Society is hosting two events in celebration of the 20th anniversary of its founding. On the 9th of the Month the Society will hold the joint meeting of the Ayrshire Family History Societies in The Johnnie Walker Bond, Strand Street , Kilmarnock at 7pm. The speaker will be Dr. Irene O'Brien and her topic will be Heritage Along the Clyde.

The second celebration event will be a Family History Fair on Saturday the 18th of the Month in the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock from 10:15am to 4:15pm.

Scots News Magazine

The February Issue of the Scots News magazine published in Queensland, Australia has been received in pdf format. It has articles ranging from the Glancoe Massacre to the arrival of haggis crisps in Queensland. Any member wishing to read more on these items or other articles in the magazine can get a pdf copy by applying to

ScotlandsPeople website New year Update

Records have now been released on line at of births registered in 1916, marriages in 1941 and deaths in 1966.