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WHY LADYISLE.COM?

When this site commenced  it contained a good deal of Troon content. As time progressed it became apparent that the connection between the Villages in the Ards Peninsula and Troon were very close. Subsequently the relationship between the Isle of Man, the Coastal towns of Cumbria, particularly Maryport,  South West Scotland including Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire (particularly the Mull of Galloway), Stranraer and the Coastal Ports of Ayrshire as far up as Ardrossan almost became inseparable.

Although there are four "Countries" involved plus the Isle of Man, it is as if my folk concerned defy traditional  boundaries, coming from a Seafaring and Farming tradition. Many of course later spread across the world.

Not being exactly from any one place myself, taking the website name of any one of the towns concerned seemed to be too presumptuous. After careful consideration, and not wishing to tread on anyone's toes, I thought first about Ailsa Craig - Paddy's Milestone.

However there was no known family connections there and the Lady Isle seemed to be the ideal choice. No one has lived there in living memory although it is claimed that it was inhabited in ancient times. There are strong family connections with the Isle and anyone sailing up the Clyde or  into Troon, would by pass  it.


THE SITE

This site is constantly being updated and revised.

Originally this web site was started as a way to share Family History material. It soon became clear, that Family History without Local History was just a collection of names and isolated incidents and events. Several locations feature heavily in my ancestral research. Troon, Prestwick, Ayr and Ayrshire initially were the main locations. This led to a collection of material of these areas being made available which continues. Material and knowledge is gathered at a far greater rate than can be reported on the website

The origins of the Website started C1998 and moved to Broadband around 2001. This broadband space became too small and was closed. On January 1st, 2003 Ladyisle.com. was set up. This tripled in size in 2004 and contains only a small part of the material to come. Researching and the material on the site has been more important than the layout and navigation. However, some technical decisions were initially made which made the site less widely accessible. Version 5.0 in 2006 is the attempt to make access and layout better and Version 6 will move this further possibly in 2008. Meanwhile the research continues as fast as possible.

There are now two main parts:

  1. Family History
  2. Local History

These two parts are separated only for understanding and there are some aspects of Local History and Company History I have a particular interest in beyond any family connection.

Originally the site was made up of these three parts below but go and explore, there is now too much else.

RLY 7/2006

 

1) Troon and Local History - this includes the work of  Stuart Beaton, the work of Ian M Mackintosh.

2) Other Troon Interests - my own growing collection of Troon items. These have developed out of my own ongoing family history research and items passed to me by others, credits given.

3) Family History - includes Family History research everywhere, but particularly Ayrshire, County Down and the northern Cotswolds.

1. Troon and Local History - Stuart Beaton

   'Times Past' - The Advertiser Times Herald version

   'A History of Troon' - Ayrshire Post Version

This history of Troon appeared in a series of articles in the Ayrshire Post in 1987. Stuart Beaton, whom I never met, did all this work for which I take no credit. He interviewed many people, a number of whom are related to me.

Unfortunately Stuart Beaton died some years ago, as have many of the old worthies mentioned. The articles never really seem to have reached a conclusion for whatever reason. However history is written and rewritten everyday. Much has changed since 1987 and perhaps someone with similar ability and local knowledge will add to these articles to bring them up to date.

I would like to thank the editor of the for allowing me to make these available electronically.

Ian M. Mackintosh

   'OLD TROON and DISTRICT'

   'MEMORIES of OLD TROON'

2. Other Troon Interests - its people, their lives at work and play.

Troon

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today, is a place for leisure, famous for golfing, the Marine Hotel, the Yacht Marina and now the Seacat to Ireland. However, Troon developed not for the 'well off' to relax in, but rather as a hard working town to be exploited by the rich and powerful. Many people came from far and wide seeking employment. It was this side particularly that made Troon such a place of adventure when I was a lad on holiday.

There were so many places of interest that I am bound to leave some out. The harbour, the Lifeboat, fishing from the pier, the Shipyard, the Sawmill, the West of Scotland Ship Breaking Company. the Lobster Sheds. The town with its cafes such as Tog's. The beaches once packed with holidaymakers. Then there was the Open-air swimming pool the rocks, the Ballast Bank. Off shore, the Lady Isle and views of Arran the Heads of Ayr and Paddy’s Milestone. The Glasgow and South Western railway played such an important part in the town’s development. Barassie Works once the wagon repair centre of South West of Scotland. Dodds of Troon, and AA Motor services provided the local bus and coach services. 

'Ordinary folks' lived in areas like 'Coney Island' (Harbour area), where I understood my folks came from and 'Beverly Hills' (Muirhead) where my Grandparents moved to later.  Tales were told of Harbour Row and Back Templehill. There was always plenty of interest at the 'Smiddy' behind the Co-op off Portland Street. Large houses abounded all over the town as well as Fullarton House in the Woods. Troon always had many churches of all denominations and Sundays always meant a visit to one of them. What other small town had such a grand school known as Marr College? A wee walk across the Golf Course past Marr College to see the Express Train to Stranraer, 'The Paddy', was enjoyed. The warm summer holidays were in sharp contrast to the winter visits with the rain and cold wind blowing up Templehill.

I am not an expert on Troon, but am interested in my family’s history. I felt that anyone with an interest in Troon should have access to this information, which I have collected. If you have any questions, points, spot any inaccuracies or broken Links, please Email me on RLY@LADYISLE.COM

3. Family History

Everything related to Family History and other local History related to these families.