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

Paisley poor law records online

The Heritage Centre of Paisley and Renfrewshire has created an online version of the Paisley Poor Law indexes. Information on applicants included the following:

  1. name, age and place of birth
  2. name of spouse and date and place of marriage
  3. parents' names and names and ages of children and if any of them are deceased
  4. present address and previous addresses

Go to for more full details.

Thanks to Chris Paton's GENES Blog for this information.

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.

eMagazines available on application to

The following family history journals/ newsletters are available in pdf format to members by email.

Family Roots - Newsletter of Lothians Family History Society, Autumn 2017

Ancestral Searcher - Journal of the Heraldry and Genealogical Society of Canberra, September 2017

Scots News Magazine - Queensland, Australia, October/ November 2017

Cedar Log - Richmond Tweed FHS, New South Wales, September 2017