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Places of Interest about Girvan
By Rev. R. Lawson (1892)


Prefatory Note

This book, like Places of Interest about Maybole, took its origin from my Monthly Letters. In these, I have been in the habit of giving sketches of the more interesting places in the neighbourhood, illustrated by drawings provided for me by various obliging friends. During the last two years I have been engaged in sketching the places of interest about Girvan, my native town, and now that I have finished these, I have thought it right to gather them into a volume, that the two towns, in one or other of which most of my life has been spent, may be equally recognised by me in such fashion as I am enabled.

As to the drawings, which form such an attractive feature of the volume, I may mention that most of them have been furnished by my friend Mr Robert Bryden, A.R.P.E., South Kensington, London, who has all along freely helped me in the books I have written. Nine of them have been furnished by my young friend and townsman, Mr William Bone, Architect, Kilmarnock, who has also been forward with his pencil in lending me assistance. The drawing of Bennan Head was sketched by a lady friend, once resident in the neighbourhood; that of the Hole in the Rock by Miss Gray, Lendal School; and that of Lendal Bay by a native of Maybole, Mr David M'Gill, London, from a painting by Mr William Muir, Girvan.

Any one who looks on the book, and remembers the necessarily limited constituency to which it appeals, must see that it is not published for profit. It is published for the good of such people in the district as have a taste for the history of it, and to these, young and old, it is inscribed with my hearty good wishes.

R. L.

Contents

At Girvan

Girvan Town Council Minute Book
Girvan Street Names
Some Girvan Notabilia
Rev. William Corson
The Rev. P. Hately Waddell, LL.D.
Rev. Cathcart Kay, Parochial Schoolmaster
A Class of School Fellows
William Sherriff, Town Missionary

Around Girvan

Penkill Castle
William Bell Scott, Poet Artist
Killochan Castle
Old Dailly Churchyard
Trochrague House
Bargany House
Hew Ainslie, Poet
Kilkerran House
Ardmillan House
Girvan to Lendal
Lendal to Ballantrae
Ballantrae
Colmonell
The Martyrs of Colmonell
The Stinchar Valley
Dailly
Straiton
Barr

In Carrick

The Castles of Carrick
Our Old Carrick Ministers
Carrick's Share at Bothwell Bridge
Our Martyrs' Tombstones
Peden in Carrick
Two Letters of Peden hitherto unpublished
Some Carrick Epitaphs
Carrick Heraldic Mottoes
Smuggling in Carrick
Some Carrick Originals
Some Carrick Place-Names
King Robert the Bruce


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