Ayrshire, Scotland

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Ayrshire, Scotland

Ayrshire's name came from the River Ayr, which runs through it. Ayr is thought to come from the Celtic root ar or adh’ar, which means either “clear” or “rapid,” characteristics of the river.


The historic shire or sheriffdom of Ayr was divided into three districts or baileries which later made up the county of Ayr: Carrick to the south, Kyle in the centre with the burgh of Ayr, and Cunningham in the north with the burgh of Irvine. Currently it is sub-divided into the council areas of North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and East Ayrshire.

On the west coast of Scotland, Ayrshire is bounded by Renfrew to the north, Lanark and Dumfries to the east, and on the south by Kirkubright and Wigton. To the the west of the county are the Firth of Clyde and the Irish Channel.

Ayrshire has links to William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, Robert II, King of Scotland and Robert Burns.

Ayrshire Genealogy & Historical Resources

Local Histories and books:

Genealogies by Family (most include other families):

Local Family History Societies:

Archives, Societies, Institutions, Online sites, etc.

  • Ayr Advertiser Ayrshire Directory 1851-1852 (Ayr: Ayr Advertiser, 1851) County Statistics, Voters, other details, primarily voters in the county.

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Also, for a couple of Kilmarnock references, Rambles Round Kilmarnock

And History of Kilmarnock

posted by Jamie Karagianis MD
edited by Jamie Karagianis MD
Added, thanks Jamie!
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall