Ayrshire Towns and Parishes

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Our ancestors in Ayrshire lived and worked in the various towns and parishes throughout the County. Researching our roots is not complete without seeing where they lived and understanding the history of the towns. It is hoped eventually to have old and new views of all the Ayrshire towns together with details of their past industries and history. 

Each town has a link to the appropriate Old-Map site where you can explore the town and surrounding area as it was in 1860. Most towns have the 1837 Directory compiled by Pigot where he gives a detailed description of the town and lists the gentry, shopkeepers, schoolteachers, ministers and local tradesmen. There is also a link to the appropriate GenUKI page for the town where you may find further historical details.

Each town has a link to the Multimap website page for the town. There you can see where the town is in Ayrshire, and zoom in to the street level or pan to explore the surrounding area. These new larger maps have a fantastic amount of information contained within them.

Genealogical information will be added to the towns as it is researched or submitted by yourselves.

Links will take you to any local websites where they exist (please send any links to have them included)

If you have any 'old views' of Ayrshire towns or interesting historical articles we would love to include them in the relevant Town Page so please contact us.


The National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland has added over 280 digitised Scottish post office directories from 1774-1911 to a new dedicated page on its website at www.nls.uk/family-history/directories/post-office The directories have been digitised as part of an agreement with the Internet Archive (www.archive.org) as part of efforts to place online over 750 directories sourced from both the library and partner institutions from Edinburgh, the Lothians, Glasgow, Stirling, Perth and Kinross, Dundee, Angus, Aberdeenshire, Invernessshire, Moray, Renfrewshire, Bute, South Ayrshire,
Inverclyde and Dumfries.To help with searching, the NLS is creating a new index based on the first three letters for every surname on each page within each directory, which will be added to the library’s site later in the year.



Ayrshire FLICKR Pictures

  British Phone Books 1880-1984

Abandoned Communities in Ayrshire 

Vision of Britain

A vision of Britain through time

A vision of Britain between 1801 and 2001. Including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions.

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 Ayrshire, Scotland: Parish and Probate Records

  Who are your Ancestors (photo) 468x60

Millions of Records - Millions of Answers

  Old Ordinance Survey Maps of Scottish Towns

Zoom in on old street plans of many towns throughout Scotland

My Listing of Ayrshire Books

Some great books on Ayrshire available here

Ayrshire Atlas: Atlas of Towns & Villages in Ayrshire 

   by  Malcolm V. Nicolson

To Order or More Information

Roll of Honour on Ayrshire's War Memorials


Headstone Photos Index

Kenny Monaghan's listing of Headstones from many Cemeteries in Ayrshire

 Pictures taken by Kenny Monaghan Kenny  kennymonaghan@btinternet.com  contact him here.

Folk Lore

or Superstitious Beliefs in the West of Scotland within This Century

 Ayrshire Sheep Farms in 1923

Robert Struthers has transcribed the Ayrshire entries from the 1923 Register of Sheep Marks, for anyone who might be interested.

The entries consist of the name of the farm, the postal town and the occupier.

Roads and Tracks of Ayrshire





[Ailsa Craig] [Ardrossan] [Isle of Arran] [Auchinleck]  [Ayr]  [Ballantrae] [Barr] [Beith] [Catrine]  [Colmonell]  [Coylton] [Craigie] [The Cumbries] [Cumnock] [Dailly]  [Dalmellington]  [Dalry]  [Dalrymple] [Darvel]  [Dreghorn]  [Dundonald] [Dunlop]  [Dunure]  [Fairlie]  [Fenwick]  [Galston]  [Girvan] [ Hurlford] [Irvine]  [Kilbirnie]  [Kilmarnock]  [Kilmaurs]  [Kilwinning] [Kirkmichael]  [Kirkoswald]  [Largs]  [Loudoun]  [Mauchline]  [Maybole]  [Minishant]  [Monkton]  [Muirkirk] [New Cumnock] [Newmilns] [Newton] [Ochiltree] [Patna] [Prestwick] [Riccarton]  [Saltcoats]  [Skelmorlie]  [St Quivox]  [Sorn]  [Stair]  [Stevenston]  [Stewarton]  [Straiton]  [Symington]  [Tarbolton]  [Troon]  [West Kilbride] 






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