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The Magnificent Castle of Culzean and the Kennedy Family  by Michael Moss

Culzean castle on the Ayrshire coast is the most visited property of the National Trust for Scotland. Built in the late 16th century above a network of caves, the castle became a centre for smuggling during the 18th century. Sir Thomas Kennedy, 9th Earl of Cassillis, went on an extended grand tour in the 1750s and returned full of ideas as to how to improve his vast estates and home. His brother and heir commissioned Robert Adam to create his masterpiece and became bankrupt as a result. The estate was rescued when wealthy American cousins inherited it in 1792. Archibald Kennedy, 1st Marquess of Ailsa, completed the house and lavished money on the property. Produced in association with the National Trust for Scotland, this volume tells the whole history of the castle. Michael Moss has carried out extensive research, drawing on estate records, original plans and family correspondence to create a major history of the castle and an account of the running of a Scottish country estate.

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Ayrshire Coast  by Dane Love

The book covers the Ayrshire Coast from north to south.
The Ayrshire coast has it all. Magnificent scenery. Golden beaches. Perennially popular seaside resorts. World-class golf courses. Picturesque fishing villages. Outstanding visitor attractions. And a long history full of dramatic stories, lore and legend. Discover it all in the company of best selling local author Dane Love, an acknowledged expert on the county. Illustrated throughout by his detailed maps and line drawings, the book will be an invaluable guide for the walker, cyclist or motorist. Or for anyone who just wants to know more about a fascinating part of Scotland.

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Ayrshire: Discovering a Country: Discovering a Country   by Dane Love

 

Ayrshire is one of the most important counties in Scotland, with a long and proud history. In the most comprehensive book ever published on the subject, the author covers the many and varied parts of the county in considerable depth. The range is impressive and includes battles, momentous events, distinguished buildings, industry and commerce, natural history and folk tales.
Then there is the astonishing number of illustrious people that Ayrshire has produced. The list includes Sir William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, Robert Burns, James Boswell, Johnnie Walker, John Loudon McAdam, Keir Hardie, Sir Alexander Fleming, Jackie Paterson and Bill Shankly. Their stories, and those of many other notables, are skilfully woven into the narrative.
This is sure to be the standard reference work on the county for years to come.

 
Every town and village in the county is covered in detail: from Skelmorlie in the north to Ballantrae in the south, as well as rural and uninhabited areas. There is a map, a detailed bibliography, an index and more than fifty excellent photographs specially commissioned for the book. A wonderful read for anyone with an interest in Ayrshire.

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Ayrshire & Arran  - An Illustrated Guide  by Rob Close 

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          AYRSHIRE -  A Historical Guide    

A chronological history of Ayrshire from prehistoric times to the 21st century, including maps of the region. The region was inhabited from earliest times, and many duns, cairns and barrows remain, in some of which important Mesolithic and Iron Age artefacts have been found.

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Ayrshire

by John Burgess

 

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Old South Ayrshire Villages  by Hugh Maxwell

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The Ayrshire Book of Burns Lore
A.M. Boyle

 

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The Annals of the Parish / The Ayrshire Legatees
John Galt, Ian Campbell (Introduction)

 
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Ayrshire
George Washington Wilson

 
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Ayrshire & Renfrewshire's Lost Railways
Gordon Stansfield

 
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Ayrshire and the Reformation
Margaret H.B. Sanderson

 
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The Ayrshire Legatees  by John Galt

 

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Ayrshire Heritage   by A.M. Boyle

 
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Ayrshire Limericks 

Ken Andrew, Ronnie Russell (Illustrator)

    
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Ayrshire Idylls [E-BOOK: ADOBE READER]  by Neil Munro 

A collection of ten short stories by Neil Munro, best known as the author of the "Para Handy" tales, but also the creator of many more serious works. Ayrshire Idylls features four episodes from the life of Robert Burns, including the creation of 'Tam o' Shanter', together with stories about Boswell and Doctor Johnson, John Galt and two tales of the Covenanters.

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Ayrshire Recessional and Other Poetry  by Gordon Iain Jarvie

 
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Servants in Ayrshire 1750-1914   by Jean Aitchison

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Discovering Ayrshire   by J. Strawhorn, K. Andrew

 
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The Geology of North Arran, South Bute, and the Cumbraes with Parts of Ayrshire and Kintyre
W.E. Gunn

 
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Hearth Tax for Ayrshire 1691
Robert H J Urquhart (Editor), Rob Close (Editor)

 
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Kelburn Castle & Country Centre, Ayrshire

 
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Lost Railway Lines of Ayrshire
Alasdair Wham

 
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Ayrshire & Renfrewshire's Lost Railways  by Gordon Stansfield

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She Was Aye Workin': Memories of Tenement Women in Edinburgh and Glasgow  
by Helen Clark, Elizabeth Carnegie

An exploration of the lives of women who raised families and made ends meet in Scotland's early 20th-century urban tenements. The vividness of oral memory captures their resilience and ingenuity. Women helped each other as they battled against poverty, poor living conditions and disease

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Up Oor Close: Memories of Domestic Life in Glasgow Tenements, 1910-45  by Jean Faley

If your interest in history is how people actually lived, then this book is a must. It provides a detailed account of virtually all aspects of tenement life. Tenement flats now provide "starter accommodation" for young couples and the young free and single. How on earth did mothers manage to bring up a family of four in a one bedroom, two room flat? There were no bathrooms, no toilets in the flats, and no washing machines. The answers are here. Read this book if you live in any of Scotland's towns or cities with tenements flats, or if you have an interest in social history - it's excellent!
 

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Ayrshire Atlas: Atlas of Towns & Villages in Ayrshire    by Malcolm V. Nicolson

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Armstrong's Map of Ayrshire (Set of 6): (Kilmarnock / Cumnock / Loch Doon / Largs / Ayr / Girvan)

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