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Ayrshire Genealogy / Relatives

Most of the people to emigrate from Ayrshire settled in America, Australia and Canada. If you are looking to find information on anyone, in Ayrshire or abroad, you can post a message with as much information about them as you can, hopefully, someone will then be able to give information on the person you are enquiring about.


An interesting website with a list of ships with their passenger lists that carried emigrants to the US, Canada and Australia between 1685 and 1903 is www.scotlandsfamily.com/ships-passengers. Records of ships and their passengers before the 1890s can be hard to find.


Records of Births, Deaths and Marriages dating back to 1855, in South Ayrshire, are held in four Registration Offices. We have a team of courteous and experienced staff who will be happy to offer advice and assistance with any enquiries you may have, website & contacts: www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk.

Births Deaths and Marriages information for North Ayrshire from 1855 - present day, website: www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk.

Births Deaths and Marriages information for East Ayrshire from 1855 - present day, website: www.east-ayrshire.gov.uk.

East Ayrshire is from Kilmarnock to Cumnock in the east.

North Ayrshire is from Irvine to Largs in the north.

South Ayrshire is from Troon and Ayr to Ballantrae in the south.

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James Hamilton McIlwain-Mary Ann Cassidy 27. 07. 2014

James McIlwain born abt. 1827, lived in Dublin Ireland where he married Mary Ann Cassidy of Ayrshire Scotland ancestors. Have some knowledge her ancestory lines goes back to king of Scotland? I can only assume Hamilton was James mother's family name. Email: martywhitney@sbcglobal.net

Taylor family from Ayr 15. 07. 2014

The earliest record we have is of Mathew Taylor, b. c. 1690 near Londonderry, Ireland. He married Janet (probably Wilson) and they came to Londonderry, New Hampshire, USA, in 1719. Tradition says that this Presbyterian family was originally from Ayr, Scotland, but some left there around 1620 and went to Ireland. I know there isn' t much data from those very early days but I'm still optimistic. I have DNA and extensive information to share if only I could find some Taylor family. Email: busybee1952@hotmail.com

Jon De PurVaiance/Ayrshire 09. 07. 2014

My relatives go back to 1570, Jon De PurVaiance or a close variation. He went to France and then his children to Ireland and America. He cane from this area in Scotland but I find no connection of name or relatives. The variation is also De Provience, etc. Virginia (Province) Kirby. Email: divinemercyinc@dishmail.net

David Cooper/Toronto Canada 06. 06. 2014

I have managed to trace my Fathers line back to John Cooper who was born in 1733 in Lincoln, Ayrshire and Died in 1772 in Wigtown,Wigtownshire He married Janet McMicking and in 1768 he had the first of 2 Sons- Thomas Cooper Born 1768 in New Luce, Wigtownshire and Died in 1811 in Queenstown , Lincoln County, Upper Canada and James Born in 1770 in New Luce, Wigtownshire and Died in 1856 in Queenstown, Upper Canada John Thomas Cooper was the first to be Born on Canadian soil in 1802 at Stanford, Upper Canada. His father Thomas Cooper was a United Empire Loyalist and looks to have arrived in Upper Canada in 1792 from New York State he married Anne Conkle in the Wilderness and later their marrige was recorded Any further info on John Cooper's family in Lincoln, Ayrshire would be most appreciated. Interesting in that I am a Canadian but served a period of time in the British Army having attended the Royal Military Academy and served in a Scotish Regiment! At the time I did not fully understand the depth of my Scotish roots (On both side of my family) I travel regulariy to Scotland and would love to do further research in the area!. Email: dcooper@octagoncap.com

Bowes family of East Ayrshire 05. 06. 2014

I'd apperciate any information anyone may have on: Robert Bowes (husbandmen) who married Elizabeth Finlay on July 16 1657. This is from the book "A Register of Marriages performed by me. -R.F. " In the collection, "Midlothan: Edinburgh - Register of Marriages, 1595-1700". Email: stephenmbowes@gmail.com

Andrew Dalrymple, South Ayrshire 03. 06. 2014

Would appreciate any info for Andrew Dalrymple born 1684 in Drummerchut, South Ayrshire. Searching for his parents. Thank You. Email: dfrazee3@cox.net

Sarah BAIRD b1811 Irvine, Ayrshire 31. 03. 2014

Hi: I am in search of parents and family of Sarah Baird born 24 Aug 1811 in Irvine, Ayrshire. She died 9 Nov 1878 in Buchanan, Iowa. Sarah married William Wallace (born 1809 Dundonald) on the 10th of April 1829 in Ayrshire. They had three children in Scotland then emigrated to Quebec in 1834. This family lived in Goderich, Huron, Ontario, Canada until circa 1865 when they traveled to Buchanan, Iowa where they lived out their lives. They had a sizeable family and I have a large tree on Sarah Baird and William Wallace once they emigrated to Canada. I am trying to find out more about Sarah Baird and the Baird line. This family was presbyterian and the occupation was carpenter and farmer. Any help would be gratefully excepted. Also any leads would be helpful. I check with the Baird.net website along with the Ayrshire site. I have posted on rootsweb and other surname message boards. I have a copy of William Wallace's Bible with the dates and correct childrens names. I also have copy of William Wallace's Will. However, no details of any Bairds. Did any of Sarah's siblings also emigrate? I have checked the ships records and have created trees on Bairds in Ontario, Canada hoping for find a connection with out luck. Any researchers with tips? So grateful to have the Ayrshire Website, Ann. Email: stewartann@me.com

James Close, Ayrshire 08. 01. 2014

I am looking for information about my Great Great Grandfather James Close, and his father William Closs. James was born Jan 13, 1831 in Ayrshire, migrated to the U.S. and died Jan 17,1898 in Eckhart, Maryland. William was born 1788 in Ayrshire and died 1872 in Aryshire. WIlliam's wife was "Mary". That is all the information I have. If any one has any information they can share I would greatly appreciate it. David. Email: jdrintnt@hotmail.com

McClure family Irvine, Ayrshire 25. 11. 2013

My grandmother was Ann McClure b. 13/8/1866. She came to Australia (by herself) in 1886 and married in Sydney in 1888. Am having difficulty tracing her siblings William b. 1857; Janet b. 1859 John b. 1861 Thomas b. 1864 James b. 1870. Their parents were William b. 1823 and Mary (Cook) b. ? d. 1888. Would love to hear from anyone who may be able to help. Many thanks. Deirdre. Email: dqdiddles@yahoo.com.au

Daniel Brown (1753-1853) Largs, Ayrshire 18. 11. 2013

My family has been linked by DNA to Daniel Brown, born 1753. I am looking for possible male siblings that he might have had, or siblings of his son, Daniel Brown, born 1789 in Largs. My gg grandfather was James Henderson Brown, born about 1820, but we do not know where. We first find him on St. Vincent Island in the British West Indies. Would love more information. Email: pbleonard@netzero.net

Pam and Karen Armstrong/ Ayr 15. 09. 2013

I am trying to trace two cousins who were Pam and Karen Armstrong living in Ayr when I last saw them in 1956 age about 12 and 15 years old. Father's name was Willie and Mother Rose. Email: lilian_mitchell@talktalk.net

John Carmitchel 07. 09. 2013

I am looking for information regarding my great great grandfather, John K CARMITCHEL. I show him as born on 9 February 1943 in Scotland, which is the date on his headstone. I know he arrived in America on or before October 1861, as he was a soldier in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He lived in Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania, worked in the coal mines in and around that area. He married and had 21 children, 13 of whom survived to adulthood. He passed away on 15 April 1897. I suspect he emigrated with a brother or cousin named Robert CARMITCHEL. Both were residents of Mt. Carmel (a small town), both served in the same unit in the Civil War and both are buried in the same cemetery. Robert's headstone specifically mentions that he was born in Ayrshire, Scotland. Any information regarding John, his birth place, parents and siblings, and reason and date of emigration, would be greatly appreciated. Jams L. Stover Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA . Email: stoverjl@cox.net

Boyd 21. 08. 2013

I am looking for information concerning a John (Jock) Boyd b. ~1895, he served in the Black Watch for WW1, and married Sarah Lowe, all out of Ayrshire Scotland. He emigrated to Canada in the 1920's. Three of his 8 children were born in Scotland, the remainder, including my grand per, were born in Canada. Any information would be appreciated! Amanda . Email: amanda.seebeck@gmail.com

Gilmore/McClure/Kilpatrick 28. 07. 2013

I am coming from California to Belfast and then hopefully to Ayr. The information I have on ancestry led me to the name Gilmore and to Ayrshire. I'm interested to learn anything I can about my ancestry and would appreciate any information. I have listed my family names in the subject line. My family were Ulster-Scots and landed in the Carolinas in the 1700's. Another name that was prominent in our family was Knighten. Hope to get to Ayrshire in September. Melanie Bous. Email: drydocked1951@yahoo.com

William Dunn Born Approx 1780 . 03. 07. 2013

Son James was born 1803 Monkton Ayrshire and christened in Mauchline unfortunately Mothers name was not on the certificate any information on William or his wife would be appreciated. Email: pandmdunn@gmail.com

Albert Trainer/ Irvine/Ardrossan 13. 06. 2013

I have been trying to contact a friend of mine who I cannot seem to get a hold of. Background: I was born in Ayr Scotland in 1942. From 1943 till 1950 I lived with my Grandparents Mr and Mrs Sam Campbell, until I was adopted in the United States. I at that time lived at 62 Ayr Road in Irvine. My Childhood friend Albert Trainer who lived in the upstairs of the same house and whom after many years I was able to contact, 12 years ago to be exact through I believe it was the Scottish Heritage Association. Albert lived in Ardrossan and we have visited several times and have had telephone contact at least once a month. Recently after returning from a visit in the United States, I tried to contact Albert at his Tel # was 00441294608523. The recording now stated that there was no connection to this number. Since I have never met any of the other family members, His Son whom I believe lived in Edinburgh and who works for a large distillery as a sales rep I was also never able to contact . I am trying to determine what happened to Albert. I know we were very happy to be in contact after so many years and if he changed his number he would have contacted me. Unfortunately as stated above I was out of the country for almost 8 weeks. Albert and I are the same age 70 and one never knows what will happen one day to the next. I just hope that nothing serious has happened to him. I was in hopes that you would be able to help me even if the news is bad. Albert and I were like Brothers through our eighth birthday at which time I was adopted in the US. If you can help me here or give me an email address were I may be able to find out Albert's status I would appreciate it very much. I thank you in advance for you help in this matter and remain. Sincerely yours Donald W. Evans Obermichelbach Germany. Email: a-d-evans@t-online.de

John Crawford circa 1600, 27. 04. 2013

I'm looking for the parents of John Crawford, born about 1600, emigrated to America with his son David in the 1640s, did not bring a wife. He was from Ayrshire, Scotland. Email: Mommypower@comcast.net

Donald Family, 15. 04. 2013

My friend here in Nz has just found out her mum was adopted out at birth and just found out her mums grandparents were Elizabeth Donald born around 1830 in Ayrshire and she married a Andrew Taylor from Buteshire. I am afraid thats all we know. regards Sue. Email: LesT@xtra.co.nz

Mair, 24. 03. 2013

Some of my family members immigrated from Ayrshire to America and I and my son want to visit Ayrshire and find what family members might be left. The family name is Mair, my father being John Allen and his father being George who married Annie Barnes of Aberdeen . I have been told that there are members of the Mair clan that still live in Ayrshire so I would very much like to get in touch with them. Charlene A. Wynn, Salt Lake City. Email: c.wynn@prioritydispatch.net

Robert Barbour and his wife Mary Orr, 18. 03. 2013

Hi I am trying to locate information on my great great grandparents Robert Barbour and Mary Orr. Both Robert and Mary were born about 1806 in Ardrossan and they moved to Ontario, Canada with their 8 children. My great grandfather, Ephraim Barbour moved to Australia. I would love to learn more about Robert and Mary's families but have struck a brick wall. Strangely enough my mother's family also originated from Ayrshire and my great grandfather's name was Hunter. I haven't looked too deeply into that side as yet but I found it strange that my parents, of which only my mother, knew originally came from Scotland actually came from the same region. Would appreciate any help or information you might be able to offer me. Many thanks Andrea Berner (nee Barbour) Email: legally_blonde1626@hotmail.com

McReynolds / McCrindle, 16. 03. 2013

Dear Girvan, County Ayr People, I am researching my McReynolds / McCrindle ancestors from Scotland who immigrated many years ago to Ireland, before 1666. They left Ireland in 1737 for the William Penn Colony of Pennsylvania in the Americas. This was the colonial period in America. This family appeared in records in Virginia but I have been able to trace them back to their Scottish homeland. Many early records were lost over the years, just as has happened in Scotland. With the help of Dr. Tyrone Bowes who created the website called Scottsh Origines http://www.scottishorigenes.com, I think there is a good chance that my ancestors came from County Ayr as McCrindle and have been situated there for several centuries before moving to Ireland in 1666. To prove that my McReynolds, sometimes spelled McRannells, in Irish records, were originally from the Ayrshire area, I am asking that a few of the McReynolds / McCrindle males from County Ayr oblige me by taking a Y-Chromosome DNA test which I will supply. Dr. Tyrone Bowers will help interpret the results of the test and prove a conclusive link. There are several cousins in the United States that have already taken this test and it is probable that their DNA will match one of the early McCrindle lines in County Ayr. This comes about because the Y-Chromosome carried by males was inherited from their father who inherited it from his father, who inherited it from his father - remaining virtually unchanged going far back in time, hundreds, if not thousands, of years. When two people's DNA matches, they are genetically related. To participate in this project, any male with the surname McCrindle can request one of the several test kits available. This person should give a good description of their McCrindle ancestry including the names of great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents, and further back (if known) for their McCrindle line. This information is confidential and will only be used for genealogy and family history purposes. DNA tests for genealogy are different than the usually DNA tests as they only test markers that point to ancestral information. The person testing is given a barcoded kit number and not referred to by name. You can see the McReynolds DNA Project at http://www.familytreedna.com/public/mcReynolds. When there, go to Y-DNA Results along the top and then select Classic. Here you can see all the kit numbers of the participants, their most distant ancestor, and their DNA results. Please send your letter of application to: William Andrew McReynolds 3834 Creswell Ave. Shreveport, LA USA 71106 Or email me at: bill4csa@bellsouth.net

Hugh Turner & Jean Wilson / Kirkmicheal, 10. 03. 2013

My name is Peter Webster, & my Mother's maiden name was Turner, her ancestor's came from Ayrshire, they were located in Kirkmicheal & Dalrymple in the 18th & 19 century, I have been unable to find any other than the fact that a Hugh Turner & Jean Wilson were married in Kirkmicheal on the 22nd November 1771, & later moved to Dalrymple. I have been unable to find out anything else about this couple, any additional information would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks Peter Webster. My email address is : webster20@dodo.com.au

Pollock Family, 07. 03. 2013

Requesting any information on Robert Pollock born 1743 in Ayrshire. A son Robert Pollock born 1784 in Wakefield married a Grace Wilkes, b 1789 Cove in Cork, Ireland. One son a Robert Pollock born 1813 emigrated to NZ and he married an Ellen Fuller. A daughter Grace Wilkes Pollock was my g-grand mother. Just trying to put together a picture of the early relatives, Regards Jeannette Caldwell, nee Robertson Whangarei NZ. Email: caldwell-theabbey@xtra.co.nz

Jane Roxburgh / Irvine, 01. 03. 2013

I am seeking information on my ggg aunt Jane Roxburgh, born in Irvine 29\5\1804, her parents were Daniel and Janet Auld, brothers Daniel and Allan, would greatly appreciate any info on her, Heather nz contact: heathergee@xtra.co.nz

Ferguson/Cunningham/Reese, 01. 03. 2013

I am searching for info on the Ferguson family that lived at "Mossdale", New Cumnock. My mother, Wilhelmina Cooper Cunningham, was born Dec.11/21 and resided at the above address with her mother, Agnes Cooper Cunningham (nee Ferguson, born Nov. 19, 1901) till they immigrated to Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1924 (?). Agnes married Robert Cunningham, of Prestwick in 1921. She had two sisters, Margaret and Chrissy (other siblings unknown). In 1985 I met the William Reese family of Kilmarnock on a visit with my mother and would like to contact them. I know there were two sons, Colin and John. I are trying to find further information on the grandparents, Wilhelmina and William Ferguson, ie their birthdates, relatives names, etc. They resided at Mossdale till their deaths (dates unknown), William Ferguson was a miner, they were married in 1896. Please contact Nancy to provide or share info at:. nancy3116@gmail.com Thank you

Bell Family in/near Kirkmichael, Ayrshire, 27. 02. 2013

I'm looking for family of John Bell (b. 16 Sep 1733) in Kirkmichael. We think his father was Thomas (b. est. 1707). John was apparently impressed into the British Navy and ended up in Nova Scotia and Pennsylvania. Any information of hints would be appreciated. Email: blackroberte@hotmail.com

Isabella Hamiltson, 21. 02. 2013

I am trying to find any information about Isabella Hamiltson, b 1814 Ayrshire, Scotland and d 4 Apr 1863 Ayrshire Scotland. She married John Fairlie b 1811 Ireland and d 28 Apr 1879 South Australia. Email: oak@keynesconsulting.com.au

Lost Mother Myra Crawford, 21. 02. 2013

My name is Scott Greig and I am trying to get in touch with my birth mother or any other family that she might have. Her name is Myra Crawford and I think she and her family are from the Ayrshire area. She would probs be in late 60's by now and I think her dad's name was John. I am unsure if any of them are even still alive. Myra lived in Easterhouse with my dad (Tam Greig) in the early 70's before they split. My brother and I have never seen her since. I was born in 73 and my brother (Grant Greig) was born in 75. He was only 18 months when she left. I am 40 this year and now haven't seen her in roughly 37 years. If anyone has anything at all they might know please please do get in touch with me. Email: 73scottyg@gmail.com

Andrew Hugh Peden (Isabella Robb), Ayrshire, 12. 02. 2013

I am seeking information on my ancestor, Andrew Hugh Peden and his wife, Isabella Robb, born about 1590 in Ayrshire, Scotland. Their son, James Peden has death record in Virginia, USA, in 1694. I have found a lot of conflicting information on the ancestors of Andrew Hugh Peden, and am looking for anyone who has more accurate information. My line of ancestors from James Peden are: Elizabeth Peden, John Arrington, Ann Arrington, Leonard Holt, Louisa Emelia Holt, Sarah Tennessee Buckner, Robert High James, Dewey Dow James, Carl Wayne James, and myself, Tamara Denise James Barton. Thank you for any information. Email: tammy1833@yahoo.com

Thomas Muir (Thomas Moore) / Catrene, 10. 02. 2013

I am seeking information on Thomas Muir (Thomas Moore). Thomas and his wife Jean McAdam left Scotland in January 1838 for Australia. Thomas lived or was born in Catrene. His parents were William Muir and Helen (Ellen) Mcgreggor. They may be the couple listed on Ayrshireroots and being married in 1795 in Craigie. Thomas later married Jessie Wighton Millar. I would like to find more information on the family. Regards, Pam. Email: pam.neill@gmail.com

James Mackay / Ayrshire, 08. 02. 2013

Hello. I'm looking for a gggggreat grandfather, James Mackay, born in Ayrshire Scotland in 1720 according to my family's records. We are trying to confirm this (son Angus or possibly grandson George immigrated to U.S.). We don't have clear names/dates until you reach my gggreat grandpa, George Washington McCoy (last name was changed so I'm told.). And his son James Edwin McCoy, finally his son, Clinton Waldo McCoy. We've been doing research for years...any help would be greatly appreciated! :) Melonie McCoy. Email: meloniemccoy@hotmail.com

John Douglass / Ayr, 06. 02. 2013

I have recently discovered a descendant whom was born in Ayr on around 1687, his name was John Douglass. Can anyone advise me where I can find any further information, Kath and Mac Douglas. Email: kathdouglas@sky.com

Galt Irvine & Kilmarnock, 29. 01. 2013

James GALT, shoemaker, of Kilmarnock, and Elizabeth YOUNG ( my great-great-great-grandparents) had 5 known children -- James 1823, Barbara (or Agnes) 1825, James Jan 1828, Elizabeth Dec 1828, Elizabeth 1836. In 1851 James & Elizabeth were living in Glasgow Vennel, Irvine, with youngest daughter, who c 1852 had an illegitimate daughter, Elizabeth, then died in 1858 still single. James died in Kilmarnock in 1868 and his wife and granddaughter were still there in 1871. My great grandmother, their granddaughter, was married in Kilmarnock in 1873 to William McIntyre, giving her name as Elizabeth Galt JOHNSTONE, though no Johnstone connection has been found. From Nov 1861 James GALT had been receiving parish relief owing to a disabled hand. He died in 1868 and his wife continued to receive relief until 1875 when she went to the Cunningham Combined Poorhouse in Irvine on her own accord. She died there in 1877. I would like any information on the other children, James and Barbara/Agnes. Jill Smith. Email: jscorindi@westnet.com.au

Barr family information, 22. 01. 2013

I am looking for any information about William Barr (born about 1807) Elizabeth Barr (born about 1810) and Agnes Barr (born about 1851) the only information I have is that they came from Ayrshire. The arrived in Australia (Port Adelaide ) on 26 December 1862 the name of the vessel was the Castle Eden. Kind regards Lisa Clancy. Email: lisa_clancy@yahoo.com.au

William Close or Closs / Kirkoswald, 08. 01. 2013

I am seeking information on one of my great grandfather's William Close or Closs. He was married to Sarah Printer(?spelling). He has a son named David that was born in KIRKOSWALD, Ayrshire Scotland about Feb. 18, 1923 and moved to the U.S. Any information is greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Carol L. Werdebaugh-Corbin. Email: ccorbin66@yahoo.com

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