World Poetry Day

An extract from a scrapbook of poems compiled by Mary Macrae for World Poetry Day. Reference ATD50/2ATD50_2 Scrapbook poem


International Women’s Day

Today is #InternationalWomensDay and we are taking a glimpse into the life of Bridget Scullion, an example of what the life of ordinary women of the 19th century could be like. Bridget was married on 14 September 1852, but her husband was killed just two months later in November 1852. Years passed and Bridget had one lawful and two illegitimate children by 1 March 1861 when she applied to Stevenston Parochial Board for poor relief. She was granted 2/ weekly but by April this was reduced. Bridget also applied to Ardrossan Parochial Board, Ardrossan being her husband’s residential settlement before his death. In May applications to both Stevenston and Ardrossan were refused. As both parishes would not take responsibility, by 3 August 1861 she was ordered to be removed to Ireland, no longer chargeable to either parish. Another unfortunate twist to her story is that by 4 July 1862 Widow Scullion was in prison, her three children who were being looked after by another family in Quay Street Saltcoats were allowed 5/ weekly until their mother returned. This information was compiled from our poor relief records.

This International Women’s Day we are thinking of unheard stories of women of the past and present #IWD2019 

CO3_21_2 Bridget Drain or Scullion pg 175CO3_21_2 Bridget Drain or Scullion pg 197


Kilmarnock Academy Catalogue

Today we are celebrating the release of our new Kilmarnock Academy catalogue. This collection contains a wide variety of records from school log books, to admission registers, pupil record cards and school magazines. This is one of the most extensive school collections we hold at Ayrshire Archives, with the records in this collection extending from 1876 until 2018. An additional 341 items has been added to this catalogue and are now available to researchers for the first time. These records are held at the Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock, should you wish to view any of the records within this collection, please contact us.