Today we are launching our new Ardrossan Burgh catalogue, allowing researchers to browse the catalogue online for the first time. The material within the collection dates from 1845 to 1994 and contains records which cover a broad range of Ardrossan’s history, from Town Council minutes to the Ardrossan Harbour Company.

Records created by burgh officials, such as the Burgh Surveyor, offer a unique insight into the day to day running of the burgh. Below are examples of this, with site plans covering the areas of South Crescent, Glasgow Street and Parkhouse Road dating from 1940. These show where air raid shelters and baffle walls were located, as well as including markings for where proposed new shelters could be built.

Gh6_7 Ardrossan plan May 1940
Gh6/7 – Plan of air raid shelters and baffle walls (May 1940)
Gh6_7 Ardrossan plan October 1940

Gh6/7 – Plan of existing and proposed air raid shelters (October 1940)

Another item within the collection is a visitors’ book covering the period 1956 to 1974, which includes the signatures of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh from their visit to Ardrossan in 1956. During this visit they also went to Kilwinning, Irvine, Ayr and Burns Cottage in Alloway.

Gh1_10_8 visitor book

Gh1/10/8 – Burgh of Ardrossan Visitors’ Book containing the signature of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh following their visit to Ayrshire in 1956

This is our second North Ayrshire Burgh to be made available online and has resulted in an additional 226 records being made accessible for the first time. The records are available to view by appointment at Ayrshire Archives Headquarters in Auchincruive on Tuesdays.