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Beith v The Buffs – It’s Raining Goals

The following post was kindly submitted to us by Gordon McCreath, who is a keen Ayrshire junior football historian. Fans paying to get into Beith’s Bellsdale Park on 19th January 1952, were probably just glad that there was a game for them to go to.  The wintery weather had left the park covered in a blanket of snow, which would …

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North Ayrshire’s D-Day Roll of Honour

Have you seen the latest addition to our website? We have prepared something special to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Operation Overlord and the D-Day landings: North Ayrshire’s D-Day Roll of Honour. Our website now has a permanent page dedicated to those from North Ayrshire who fell during the invasion, whose names are on the British Normandy Memorial. The British …

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John Parkinson 1874-1918, Poet and Writer on Islam

This blog post was kindly provided by Christine Watson from Kilwinning Heritage. Check out their website to plan your visit to the Heritage Centre at Kilwinning Abbey Tower. Or why not give them a follow on their Facebook page? As part of the Kilwinning Heritage Trail, there is a blue plaque on the Main Street at the entrance to Garden Square which names John Parkinson, …

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The Stranding of the Mars

The paddle-steamer ‘Mars’ got into trouble off the Largs coast on the 10th of April, 1855 and washed ashore at the mouth of the Gogo burn! Sadly, it did not go well for the ship despite the best efforts of a passing carter who tried to help! Click below to watch the video and hear the full story. This tale …

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Tammy and the Beast

The following post was kindly submitted to us by Gordon McCreath, who is a keen Ayrshire junior football historian. When Thomas Geddes signed for Irvine Meadow XI as a full back in season 1902/03, he no doubt had hopes of getting a regular game and of winning cups and medals.  What he could not have expected was to play in …

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Murder on the ‘Toward Castle’!

Our latest exhibition, ‘Song of the River Steamers’ is on display at our Heritage Centre and we have been having far too much fun reading through the extensive research folders of Charles Glen. Some of the stories are amusing, some are tragic and one even involves murder! Watch the video above for a short tale of murder on the paddle-steamer …

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The Largs War Memorial has Been Added to the Stories Section

Another new addition to our ‘Stories’ section is the Largs War Memorial. Dedicated on the 19th of September, 1921 the memorial features three soldiers carved from white freestone by sculptor William Kellock Brown. The statue bears the names of 85 men who were killed in the First World War and 67 who were killed in the Second World War. You …

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PS Waverley has Been Added to the Stories Section

The legendary paddle steamer PS Waverley is now in the Stories section of our website! You can learn all about the history of the PS Waverley, from it’s launch on the 2nd of October, 1946 to it being withdrawn from service in 1973 and ultimately sold to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society for £1. The text, paintings, photos, programmes and …

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The Witchcraft Trials in North Ayrshire

We are delighted to announce the addition of a wonderful piece of individual research relating to the whole of North Ayrshire has been added to the ‘Stories’ section of our website. ‘The Witchcraft Trials in North Ayrshire‘ is the latest submission to NA Heritage by regular contributor Heather Upfield. This well-researched piece incudes details of the victims of the witchcraft …

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Duchess of Fife in War Livery

You might not know that, on the outbreak of World War II in 1939, most of the Clyde paddlers were called up for minesweeping – some of them for a second time, having played that role in World War I. Several were lost, and at the close of the hostilities only one replacement was built – The Waverley. Those that …