Ayrshire Archives holds a number of business records relating to various commercial and industrial activities, such as coal mining, architectural design and transport.
These collections are important sources for local history, comprising inventories, titles, financial records and correspondence.
The principal holdings are the Kirk Session records of the Presbytery of Ayr and Irvine. These relate to the established church and secessionist churches and include minutes, baptismal registers, accounts, proclamation registers and communion rolls.
Given the central role religion has played in peoples’ lives throughout the centuries, such records are of major significance for a study of local history and society in general.
Estate and Family Papers
Given the historical significance of landed estates in the rural landscape, Ayrshire Archives is privileged to hold a number of important estate and family records.
These collections include correspondence, tacks, rentals, leases, sederunt books, charters, titles and accounts.
While such records provide a valuable insight into aristocratic, business, and family concerns, both at home and abroad, they also provide a great deal of information about Ayrshire life in general.
Societies, Associations and Organisations
A large number of records relating to various societies and organisations are held by Ayrshire Archives.
These records are particularly valuable for the insight they provide into the activities of local communities.