Some additional catalogues relating to Ayrshire associations, businesses and individuals have been added to the website! Making catalogues available online is an on-going project so keep an eye out for more of them over the new few months. We also have a new addition to our team and they will introduce themselves very soon……..
Recently at Ayrshire Archives, our Assistant Archivists and Graduate Trainee paid a visit to Rozelle Park to view the Remembrance Woodland which was created as part of South Ayrshire Council’s World War I Centenary Commemorations 2014-2018. This project was established in honour of the 100th anniversary of World War I and includes a range of sculptures and carvings which have become key features of the Remembrance Woodland. Also situated within this area is the recently laid memorial stone dedicated to Lieutenant Robert Shankland, born in Ayr. He was awarded the Victoria Cross on 26 October 1917, an event recently commemorated in Ayrshire. Take a look at our previous blog post to find out more about the Robert Shankland Memorial Stone.
This week at Ayrshire Archives we are commemorating Lieutenant Robert Shankland who fought in the Battle of Passchendaele, Belgium, as part of the 43rd Infantry Battalion during World War I. His efforts and initiative significantly aided the capture of Bellevue Spur, a region which was one of the main lines of defence before Passchendaele. Robert Shankland’s actions in combat were rewarded with the Victoria Cross on 26 October 1917 and a memorial stone to pay tribute to the event will be unveiled in Rozelle Park, Ayr on 26 October 2017.
Robert Shankland was born in Ayr, Scotland on 10 October 1887 where he grew up, prior to immigrating to Canada in 1911. Accordingly, he was presented with the Freedom of the Burgh by Ayr Town Council on 31 December 1917, in recognition of the honour he brought to the region. Here at Ayrshire Archives we hold records of Ayr Burgh minutes which acknowledge Robert Shankland, V.C. and his award from the town.
– Minute of Special Corporation, 31st December 1917, Burgh of Ayr Minutes of Corporation and Committees, 12 November 1917-8 November 1918
Recently Ayrshire Archives had the chance to participate in an outreach event at the Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock. This was a fantastic opportunity for archive staff to showcase some of the collections unique to the East Ayrshire area during the Open Day Wedding Event.
We had a variety of collections on display including Kilmarnock Academy school records, Glenfield and Kennedy catalogues, records from the British Lace Furnishings and poor registers from New Cumnock.
Visitors were intrigued and fascinated by the variety of records held at our East Ayrshire store and were interested in knowing how our records could aid them in their family history research.
See below for some of examples of the records we had on display.
New catalogues are being added to the website! These catalogues are being made available online for the first time and relate to Ayrshire associations, businesses and individuals. They provide an insight into the cultural and economic heritage of the area. Making catalogues available online is an on-going project so keep an eye out for more of them over the new few months.
The next instalment of the School Record Catalogues are now online. Schools beginning with K in the Ayrshire area as well as schools in the towns of Kilmarnock and Kilwinning are available. Take a look and keep an eye out for the final School Catalogues being published.