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Can you help Ayrshire Magazine for an article on Kilmarnock's industrial past?

Ayrshire Magazine are working on a piece for the next issue of the magazine - deadline October 21- on Kilmarnock's industrial past.  They are looking, ideally, to speak with people who perhaps remember those days - 1960's probably to the mid 1980's and would be delighted to hear from anyon...

2020-21 Lecture Season - update as at 14 September 2020

The committee met last week to discuss the next steps for the Group, particularly with the lecture season due to kick off in October. You will be aware that the Government announced tighter rules around social gatherings recently which, together with Ayrshire College's restrictions on use of their f...

2020-21 Lecture Programme - as at 20th August 2020

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are not yet in a position to announce details of our Lecture Programme for 2020-21.We do have a full programme in place, but with lecture spaces being restricted at present we cannot formally put anything in place. Although the Ayrshire College is open is some c...

Postponement of final lecture and AGM due 24th March 2020

The committee has decided to postpone the final lecture of the session and our AGM until further notice. members will have received an e-mail today with further explanation.We will advise of an alternative date as soon as possible.Thank you...

Notice of AGM

Please note that the group's AGM will take place prior to Frank Beattie's talk on 24th March.Any agenda items should be brought forward by 10th March please....

Robert Burns and the Scottish Economy

You will probably have seen news coverage a few weeks ago to accompany the launch of Prof Murray Pittock’s report on the economic value of Robert Burns and the Burns brand to the Scottish economy.This report is now freely available to download from their website. Just use the link on the right-han...

Jim Richmond BDS

It was with great sadness we learned of the passing of our oldest member on 19th December 2019.Jim Richmond was well known to us as a KDHG member who regularly attended meetings in his 102nd year - although I think the 'link' system in the college being somewhat choosy if it worked or not frustrated...

Best wishes to our members and friends

KDHG would like to wish all members, friends and visitors to our site a very happy Festive Period and a prosperous 2020.Our first lecture of 2020 takes place on 14th January.  See here for details...

Iain McGillivray

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Iain McGillivray. Iain was a great friend of our group and delivered a number of talks over the years with a particular passion of Alexander 'Greek' Thomson.Gabh fois ann an sith ar caraid....

Change of speaker due to illness - 12th November

Unfortunately Ted Cowan has had to cal of at short notice this week. Bill Fitzpatrick has kindly agreed to step up to the plate (or footplate) and will talk about the economic impact of the railways....

Lecture - Tuesday 12th November - Ted Cowan

Our next lecture takes place on Tuesday 12th November when Ted Cowan will deliver a talk called 'Look who we have got for neebours'Ayrshire College, Hill Street, Kilmarnock at 7.30pmLecture programme 2019-20...

Kilmarnock & District Choral Union - 70th Anniversary

The Kilmarnock & District Choral Union are holding a Spring concert as part of their 70th Anniversary celebrations.This will take place on Sunday 28th April at 7.30pm in Kay Park parish Church, Kilmarnock.Tickets are £10 and are available from choir members, on the door or by contacting Elizabe...

AGM and change of speaker - 26th March 2019

Please note that our AGM will take place prior to the final talk of this session on Tuesday 26th March at Ayrshire College, Kilmarnock.John Smillie will talk about Kilmarnock's proud industrial past in a talk 'We Never Had It So Good'...

Change of venue Tuesday 12th February 2019

Please note that this week's talk on 100 years of Gutta Percha by John Stevenson will take place at The Park Hotel, Rugby Park, Kilmarnock. 7.30pm as usual...

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 -...


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