This section has been replaced by the Ayrshire History Google Group.Please use this group to exchange information on your research interests and seek answers to your questions. From Mike Bilham, : I'm trying to locate an address, possibly a farmstead, called Skylahill, possibly in or near to Newmilns, Ayrshire. It is listed in nine entries in response to 'Skylahill' in the Yahoo search engine. Unfirtunately none of them really locates the place and the attribution to Newmilns isn't backed up.
Referred to nowadays as the Common Press, I was able to track down a few survivors, the most important being in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
This press had been operated by a young Benjamin Franklin, who served his apprenticeship as a printer.
John Wilson's printing press and the Ayr Advertiser From Robert Kirkwood, 1 March 2006: I enjoyed reading the article by Rob Close regarding the Ayr Advertiser.
I retired a few years ago after spending my working life in the printing trade.
The photo of the Advertiser building in those days brought back a few memories.
Some names from the shop floor that I can just about remember: George Rilley (foreman), Emlyn Taffy Evans (father of chapel), Jimmie Findlater, Jimmie Austin, Ernie Middleton, Hugh Frazer, Dick Mc David, Georgie Blane.
He lived in old Ferguson Street Ayr, married to Frances Rowan Hill, had 7 children (6 lassies 1 boy- who was the apple of his fathers eye).
He was a tailor to trade but worked down Ayr shipyard until his death in 1947.
The general run of Anglian place-names will not do - it has to be items which speakers of Cumbric or Gaelic, especially the latter, may have found hard to pronounce and therefore altered slightly, to fit their habits of speech.
I don't think there's anything published of this sort of technical character, so I have to search for possible examples myself.
One of the few perks in working for the Tizer occurred on race days, when five or six of us were chosen to sell race cards.