Wednesday, 23 March 2011

History of Glasgow Police.

Another excellent turn out of 80 members last night (Tuesday 22 March) for our final meeting of the History Group's winter programme.  Retired Inspector Alastair Dinsmor from the Glasgow Police Museum in Bell Street, Glasgow spoke about the history of the police force in Glasgow.
The UK's first Police Act was the Glasgow Police Act of 30 June 1800 which led to the establishment of the Glasgow Force.  Another eleven Scottish cities and burghs established police forces under further individual police Acts of Parliament before Robert Peel's Metropolitan Police Force  was established in London in 1829.
Alastair covered many major events in the development of the force from its inception in 1800 until its merger in 1975 with several other county forces in the west of Scotland to form Strathclyde Police.
Further details of the Glasgow Police Museum can be found at

River Clyde Police

Monday, 14 March 2011

National Cooperative Archive

National Co-operative Archive

Situated in the centre of Manchester, the National Co-operative Archive is home to a wide selection of records relating to the history of the global co-operative movement. The collections include rare books, periodicals, manuscripts, films, photographs and oral histories, and provide researchers with an unrivalled resource for the study of the development of the co-operative movement, from the initial ideas of the eighteenth century to the present day.

In January 2010 Gillian Lonergan, Head of Archive and Learning Resources at the Co-operative College, travelled to Galashiels to rescue some of the records of the societies that merged to form Lothian and Borders Co-operative Societ.   A student from the Liverpool University Masters of Archive and Records Management course has been working in the archive to arrange and catalogue the records. The catalogue is now available to view online at
 There is also a link from the National Co-operative Archive website.

The collection covers the period 1840-1944 and includes a wide range of records including photographs, correspondence, balance sheets, minutes and building records. One of the most interesting items is a poster advertising the opening of a second shop at Galashiels in June 1845 only six months after the Rochdale Pioneers opened their first store.

Researching Your Irish Ancestors

There will be a joint meeting of the Ayrshire Family History Societies
the Session House of St. Columba's Church, Largs. (Opposite Nardini's Cafe, at the bottom of Nelson Street),

on Wednesday 23rd March at 7-30pm.

The speaker will be Chris Paton and his subject will be" Researching Your Irish Ancestors"

Refreshments will be available after the talk.

Please contact Ann Gregory of Largs Family History Society if you wish to attend:

Monday, 7 March 2011

Konigsberg/Kalliningrad - Europe's Lost City

Tomorrow night (Tuesday 8 March) come along and listen to our Syllabus Secretary's (Graham Boyd's) talk on the city in East Prussia whose name has oscillated between Konigsberg and Kalliningrad.  Discover the Scottish connection.  It promises to be a great night.

Leading Ladies

An interesting course of lectures, beginning in July this year, presented by one of our members, Barbara Graham.

Barbara is a Founder member of both Kilmarnock and District History Group and the Ayrshire Federation of Historical Societies. She is also a previous recipient of the John Strawhorn Quaich, which is awarded annually for outstanding contributions to local or family history in Ayrshire.
Leading Ladies
presented by
Barbara Graham MA MLitt M Phil

Take a biographical journey through the lives of famous women who made a significant contribution to history by defying convention and breaking new ground in literature, social reform, overseas missionary work and times of turmoil in their generation.

WHEN? :     Tuesdays from 26 July 2011 Time 10.00 – 12.00  for 6 weeks

WHERE? :   Room GH330, 3rd Floor, Graham Hills Building, 40 George Street, Glasgow

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Important - Change of Programme

East Ayrshire Family History Society has had to make a change to its scheduled programme of lectures.

Thursday 10th March speakers will now be - John Stevenson & Dan McKay  giving a presentation on Strangs Foundry, Hurlford .

Thursday 14th April.  Mrs Joyce Brown will be the speaker on Hamilton Palace.

Friday, 4 March 2011

South Ayrshire History Fair

Anyone with an interest in the history of Ayrshire should note the following event in their diary.  It promises to be a great programme, covering a wide range of topics.

South Ayrshire History Fair

4th June 2011, Walker Halls, Troon

Dr John Burnett, Curator of Scottish Ethnology, National Museums of Scotland,
"Glasgow Fair 1840 - 1914: Doon the watter to Ayrshire"

Tom Barclay, Local Studies Librarian, Souith Ayrshire Council,
"Glimpses of Dark Age Ayrshire 400 AD - 1100 AD: An overview of the evidence."

Dr Matthew Hammond, Lecturer in Scottish History, University of Edinburgh,
"South Ayrshire and the Paradox of Medieval Scotland database: Earldom, Abbey and Burgh in the Central Middle Ages."

George Geddes, Archaeological Investigator, RCAHMS, and co-author of "The Archaeological Landscape of Bute (RCAHMS, 2010),
"An Introduction to Ancient Bute."

Prices for the talks are £10 for the day.
Single talk tickets are also available priced £3 for one, or £5.00 for two.

There will also be a large range of stalls available from 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. These will include: Family History Societies, Local and National History Organisations and professional and commercial businesses.

There will also be a specialist Scottish bookshop present.
Admission to the stalls is free.

For more information contact:

South Ayrshire Local History Library 01292 272231

Wednesday, 2 March 2011


Will all members please note, that as mentioned at the last meeting, this year's AGM will take place in The Lecture Theatre at Kilmarnock College at 7.30pm on Tuesday 22 March.

Guided Walks Around Historic Kilmarnock

We are delighted that the very successful "Town Trail" guided walks of the main historic sites of Kilmarnock will be on offer again this year.  They will be led by Bob McWilliam, one of our members, and will take place on Sunday 10 April and Sunday 17 April 2011.  Both walks will commence from New Laigh Kirk, Bank Street at 2pm.  The first walk, on 10 April, will cover the southern part of the town and the other walk, on 17 April, will cover the northern part.

If you require more information on these excellent guided tours around Kilmarnock, please e-mail :-

                                          John Wilson's Printing Shop by James Allan