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

On Thursday the 17th of May Hugh Watson from the Kilmarnock History Group took us through the history of the Duke(s) of Portland, their womenfolk and the various properties that changed hands as a result of gambling and marriages. His encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject was well appreciated by the audience.

Thursday 21st of June. It is time again for our Annual General Meeting followed by Wine, Nibbles and Chat. If there are any questions or issues for discussion please let Barbara Mackie, our secretary, know. We would be pleased if more members were to attend our AGM. No one will be pressurised into joining the committee but if anyone feels they have have a contribution to make please let a committee member know.

Full details of all our meetings will be found on the Meetings Page.

South Ayrshire History & Family History Fair

The Annual History & Family History Fair will be held on Saturday 2 June 2018 in the Walker Halls, Troon. In addition to a full programme of informative talks featuring respected guest speakers there will be stallholders from family history societies and other groups offering advice and guidance on tracing your roots and exploring local and national history between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm. There will also be a specialist Scottish bookshop. Admission to the stalls is free.

The venue will be open from 9:00 am for the sale of tickets and registration for the talks. The cost is £3 per talk or £10 for the whole day.

Programme of Talks

10:00 am Stories from Ayrshire's Great War 1914-1918. Tom Barclay, Local Studies Librarian, South Ayrshire Council

11:00 am In the land of Noddsdale: Gaelic, Norse and other languages in the place names of the district of Largs. Thomas Clancy, Professor of Celtic, University of Glasgow

2:00 pm The discovery of an early Neolithic Hose in Ayrshire. Kenneth Green, Lead GUARD archaeologist on the Hillhouse project

3:00 pm The tale of the three bridges over the river Ayr. Keir Murray, Collections Officer, South Ayrshire Council

Further information and tickets for the talks are available from Carnegie Library, Ayr and Troon Library.They will also be available at the door on the day of the event.

A Smugglers Tale

Free Event

Walk the Smuggler's Trail from Troon to Dundonald Castle, meet and assist some smugglers and other characters.

Watch a final skirmish re-enactment at the Castle (4pm)

Sunday 10th June 2018 from High Noon to 4.30pm approx.

Refreshments and information points at Fullarton Woods, Loans and Dundonald Castle Visitor Centre.

Walking required (entire route is 5 miles, or can be started at Fullarton woods or Loans)

Mini bus lift back to start points

Contact for more info

Free community event (donations gratefully accepted)

Supported by Friends of Fullarton, Friends of Dundonald Castle, Loans Community Council, Edinburgh Pirates, Marr College Pupils, South Ayrshire Pathways Initiative, 28th Ayrshire Scout Group.

eMagazines available on application to

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

Aberdeen & North East Scotland Journal No. 147 May 2018 NEW

Family Roots - Newsletter of Lothians Family History Society, Spring 2018

Ancestral Searcher - Journal of the Heraldry and Genealogical Society of Canberra, March 2018

Scots News Magazine - Queensland, Australia, April/May 2018

Cedar Log - Richmond Tweed FHS, New South Wales, March 2018

Kiwi Kith and Kin - Scottish Interest Group NZSG, Issue 112, Autumn 2018 NEW

Thistle Times - Journal of the Scottish Interest Group of the Genealogical Society of Queensland, March 2018