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2018-19 Lecture programme finalised

We have pulled together an interesting programme for our 2018-19 lecture season which starts on Tuesday 2nd October.Members will receive an e-mail in the next few weeks with subscription details. Those wishing to join for the first time, or re-join after a break, are most welcome at Ayrshire College...

James Allan - Caprington Castle's Head Gardener

We received an e-mail from Justine Sara in Australia this week which included the following interesting story of her ancestors in Kilmarnock. If anyone has any information on the Allan family please let us know and we will pass it on to Justine.NORTHERN CEMETERY - DUNEDINSeven members of my ALLAN f...

Memories of Glasgow Central

We received the following e-mail today. Please contact Jennifer directly if you want to take part in this interesting project.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Dear Kilmarnock District History Group,My name is Jennifer and...

Suffrage Centenary Celebration - 26th /27th May - People's Palace, Glasgow

The Transatlantic Literary Women team invite you to our: Suffrage Centenary Celebration at the People’s Palace Museum, GlasgowSat 26th – Sun 27th May 20181pm – 4pmFree – All Welcome to AttendAll are welcome to join us for a weekend of craft workshops, talks and...

Ayrshire Rugby Cup

The Ayrshire Rugby Cup was competed for among senior Rugby Union Clubs in Ayrshire, South West Scotland, between 1962 and 1996. The trophy is a solid silver three handled cup of circa 10" height which is titled 'Ayrshire Rugger Cup'.It appears that the annual competition ceased in 1996 which coincid...

KESS presents - An evening to celebrate Alan Turing

Alan Mathison Turing OBE FRS (1912- 1954)Presented by Dr Paul Cockshott, University of GlasgowTuesday 29th May 2018, 6.30-9.00 pm, Assembly Hall, St Joseph’s Academy, Grassyards Road, Kilmarnock KA3 7SLThis special evening will celebrate the achievements of the world famous code breaker, Alan Turi...

Kilmarnock Station and McFarlane's Castings

After his excellent talk on Alexander Greek Thomson, our speaker Iain McGillivray noticed that some of the castings at Kilmarnock station may well have come from MacFarlane's Foundry in Glasgow - where Thomson order much of his iron from.Iain says;'It was a serendipitous discovery for me,, though so...

Important - next lecture moved to WEDNESDAY 14th February 2018

Because our usual venue of Ayrshire College is closed next week we had, as intimated, changed venue to The Park Hotel, Rugby Park, Kilmarnock.However - the best laid plans and all that - Kilmarnock FC have been required to reschedule their Premiership fixture with Dundee FC for Tuesday 13th.It has t...

All the best for 2018 !

Happy New Year from KDHG. We hope everyone has a prosperous 2018.Our lectures resume on Tuesday 16th January when Andrew Dick will talk about Ayrshire Mining. This will be an interesting topic and will explore many of Ayrshire's lost mining villages and communities.We hope to see you then.Lecture Pr...

Book Week Scotland event - Monday 27th November

Book Week ScotlandCal Flyn & Karl Geary - Two debut authors, two mesmerising stories – a fascinating evening not to be missed.   Mon 27 Nov 7pm Dick Institute, KilmarnockCal Flyn is an award winning freelance writer and reporter from the Highlands of Scotl...

Peter and Nora Poole- WWII evacuees - can you help?

Natalie Brownlie from Queensland Australia writes -My father Peter N Poole was evacuated to Kilmarnock during World War 2 from Newcastle on Tyne as a small child, along with his sister Nora. They were fortunate to live during that time with his Uncle & Aunt - his Uncle at that time was Provost -...

Prof Sir Tom Devine at Irvine Burns Club

As part of an outreach programme by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Professor Sir Tom Devine will be giving a talk at Wellwood Burns Centre & Museum, 28 Eglinton Street, Irvine,  on 9th November. This is a ticketed event but is free.  If any members of the group are intereste...

Change of Venue - 17th October

Please note that Tuesday's lecture will take place at the Park Hotel, Kilmarnock. 7.30pm start....

Co-operative Hall - John Finnie Street

Hugh Watson reports - In July 2017 Andy Colvin East Ayrshire arranged a visit to the Cooperative Hall which is part of East Ayrshire Council North Civic Centre in John Dickie Street Kilmarnock. The inside of the Hall has been well maintained by the Council especially the rich varnished wood paneling...

Important notice for members

You should have received an e-mail advising of the opening lecture of the session being Tuesday 3rd October and including details of renewing your subscription.However, if you haven't can you please forward your up-to-date e-mail address to us at  [email protected]  to enable us...

Presentation by Scotland's People - 5th October

Our Secretary recently received notification of the following presentation with Iain Ferguson of Scotland's People. It will take place at New Farm Loch Community Centre on Thursday 5th October.Can anybody interested in attending please advise Hugh on his e-mail [email protected] soon as poss...

Blocks at Barleith

Further to the request about information about the Blocks, we have received the following comments;I saw that someone was asking about the Barleith Blocks. I have some memories of them as I spent a couple of summers there with my Grandmother when I was around 7, which would have been 1959.My Grandmo...

Tanker Ha' - information request

We have received the following request from Janet Kirby in Germany.I am hoping you can help me. When I was a little girl my Aunt managed the Tanker Hall Children´s home on 79, London Road.Due to problems in my own family I lived there for a while. I was incredibly happy there and even though I was...

Tidelines Book Festival; 21-24 September 2017

TIDELINES BOOK FESTIVAL       21-24 September 2017North Ayrshire’s only independent book festival will be held again at Irvine’s atmospheric Harbourside. 18 events over 4 days will be focused on the Harbour Arts Centre, but also taking place in Puffers Café, the Sc...

Memories of Kilmarnock Academy

We have received the following request from Kilmarnock Academy who are seeking memories from alumni and alumnae - or perhaps their families. Can anyone assist ?Kilmarnock Academy, Elmbank Drive, Kilmarnock KA1 3BSTo capture memories before they are lost, we are looking for people in the categories b...

2017-18 Syllabus

The syllabus for the 2017-18 session looks as if it is now complete. We are just waiting to firm everything up at our committee meeting in August.Some great looking talks including; Rudolf Hess, Alexander Greek Thomson, The Grammar School during WW2, Ardrossan Castle and stories from Rankin & Bo...

William Armour - left Kilmarnock in 1962

We have received a request for information about the Armour family in Kilmarnock.Gordon Armour left Kilmarnock for Australia in 1962 - his father was called William. We don't have his mother's name.We know that William was a Mason in Kilmarnock as was David Stephenson Armour (dob 03/04/1923)Can anyo...

Galston Heritage Trail

Fancy a sneak preview of the Galston Heritage Trail?Click here...

Images on KHDG Facebook page

We have recently uploaded over 600 images to our Facebook albumsClick HERE...

MacLachlan / Blocks at Barleith follow up

Further to our news articles of 2nd May 2017 ( see here  and here ) we received the following reply;I know a little about Maclachlans - the family lived in Dundonald Road two girls, one being Jean, and a son, Scott. All went to the Academy. Jean was in my year and Scott a bi...


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