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 members' night meeting on the 20th of October produced a lively discussion on various topics where members had run up against brick walls in their family history researches. One specific question related to records of Prisoners of War in World War One. It might be of interest to other members to know that these are freely available from the International Red Cross on the website

For our next meeting we visit a much earlier conflict when Tom Barclay tells us of Robert Bruce and his association with Ayrshire. This will be on Thursday 17th of November at the usual time of 7:30 in Portland Church Hall.

The Scots News Magazine

The October issue of the Scots News Magazine published in Queensland, Australia has just been received as a pdf document. Among the news of Queensland Scots there are articles on World Porridge Day for Mary's Meals at Carrbridge and another on the L├╝beck Letter of William Wallacewhich is now in the Museum of Scotland. Any member interested in seeing this magazine can have the pdf sent on to them on request 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.