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West Kilbride




West Kilbride has been named the UK's capital of enterprise, as the winner of the Government's Enterprising Britain 2006 competition. The competition, which was launched in January 2006, is part of the Government's drive to increase entrepreneurship in the UK, and identifies areas of enterprise excellence, places that have created jobs, brought communities together, and made a real difference to local businesses and local people.


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Notes on the way - Through Ayrshire - 100 Years Ago


0n the shore, north-west of Ardrossan. The town of West Kilbride stands four and a half miles north-west of Ardrossan, and fully half-a-mile, by a gentle acclivity, from the sea beach, which is low and sandy. It is an interesting old place, with a burn running through it; has a railway station; a post office, with telegraph, money order, and savings bank departments; Commercial and Clydesdale Banks, a number of shops, an Established Church, a Free Church (of recent erection), a United Presbyterian Church, a new public school, grain mills, blacksmith’s and joiner’s shops. Population in 1871, 1218; in 1881, 1363.

At a romantic spot on Southannan Burn, near a fine cascade, are the ruins of Southannan Mansion, once a residence of the family of Sempill, early Scotch poets. On Law Hill are the antiquated ruins of Law Castle, and on Auld Hill the remnant of a watch tower. There are several sites of Roman Catholic Chapels. The elevated promontory of Portincross or Farland Head, two miles west of the town, extends the parish into the sea westward-terminating in a great sea-cliff, like a wall, a mile in length and 300 feet high. Here is the ruin of Portincross Castle, of the thirteenth century; and Auchenames House is near.

The weather being fine, we take an oar-boat two miles west to Little Cumbrae Island, which is in the parish of West Kilbride, though in Buteshire. It stands in the entrance-proper to the Firth of Clyde, midway between James I. the island was the King’s private property; and William Hunter, ancestor of the Hunters of Hunterston, received from his majesty an annual payment of £1 and a chalder of oatmeal as keeper of the deer upon it. Returning to the mainland, and proceeding north-eastward, past the seat of Hunterston, in a sheltered and beautiful locality, we are soon at the village of Fairlie, a small portion of which is in the parish.

Old Red Sandstone strata making their appearance at different places indicate that the coal measures have been destroyed in this district. Fully one-half of the surface of the parish is in good cultivation. The rest is hill pasture. Its length, from south to north, is six miles; and, from Portincross to the hill tops in the east, its widest part is three and a half miles. Area, 10,119 acres. Population in 1871, 1891; in 1881, 2111.


  Prehistoric Man in West Kilbride

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1791-99 and 1845 Statistical Accounts


  Photographs of Headstones in West Kilbride Cemetery

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