Great Scots Ayrshire

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Great Scots Ayrshire

(1) Artists and Painters

(a) John Thomson Of Duddingston (1778- 1840) b. Dailly.

Famous for Scottish Landscapes.

(2) Engineers:

(a) John Miller: (1805-1883) b. Ayr.

He and Thomas Grainger were the leading Railway Engineers in the mid nineteenth century. Built the viaducts at Mauchline, Lugar and the Almond Viaduct near Ratho.

(3) Founders

(a) Sir Thomas Brisbane: (1773 – 1860) b. Largs

Astronomer and Soldier – Brisbane, Queensland named after him.

(b) Rev.Thomas Burns:

A nephew of Robert Burns, closely involved with William Cargill in settling and building New Edinburgh, Dunedin In Otago, NZ.

(c) David Dale: (1739 – 1806) b. Stewarton

An real entrepreneur, evangelist Christian, industrialist and philanthropist, who conceived and set up the revolutionary social cotton mills of New Lanark, before passing it on to his son-in-law Robert Owen. He was described as “the greatest cotton magnate of his time in Scotland. He set up the first Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Glasgow, as well as setting up other spinning plants in Blantyre and Dornoch. He also energetically chaired the Glasgow Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade. He famously housed a shipload of Highlanders from the clearances, from a ship at Greenock, who were supposedly heading for the New World.
Today New Lanark is one of the 6 World Heritage sites in Scotland, visited by people from the world over.

(d) Daniel MacMillan: (1813 – 57) b. Arran

Founder with his brother Alexander of the MacMillan Press.

(e) James Templeton:

Co-founded the Axminster Carpet Co. in Ayrshire in 1839.

(4) Industrialists / Inventors:

(a) William Murdock: (1754 – 1839) b. Lugar

He developed many innovations for the Mining Industry in Cornwall,but most famous for the adaptation for Coal Gas for Lighting.

(b) John Loudon McAdam: (1756 – 1836) b. Ayr

Inventor of the Tarmacadam Road Surface – Tarmac today.

(c) Charles Tennant: (1768 – 1838) b. Ochiltree

Bleaching textiles, and patented a chlorine-based Powder Bleach invented by Charles McIntosh. His St. Rollox Street Chemical Works were the largest

(d) Stirling Family of Engineers (1790 – 1878) of Galston

It all started with John – Church of Scotland Minister of Galston, who invented a hot-air engine – sons Patrick, James and Matthew.

(e) Johnnie Walker: (1805 – 59) b.Nr.Kilmarnock

Founder of Johnnie Walker Whisky.

(f) John Boyd Dunlop: (1840 – 1921) b. Dreghorn

In 1887 he devised an Inflated Rubber Tyre and patented it in 1888.

(5) Journalists

(a) Hugh Mcilvanney (1933 -) b.Kilmarnock.

Famous journalist associated especially with the Sunday Observer Newspaper.

(6) Literary People

(a) Robert Burns: (1759 – 96) b. Alloway

Scotland’s writer and poet of World Reknown.

(b) John Galt: (1779 – 1839) b. Irvine

Novelist dealing with Scottish Life / Society. He founded the town of Guelph In Ontario.

(7) Musicians/Singers

(a) James Macmillan (1959 -) b. Kilwinning

Composer and Conductor.

(b) Nicola Bernadetti: (1987 -) b.West Kilbride

Scottish Classical violinist.

(8) Physicians

(a) Sir Alexander Fleming: (1881 – 1955) b. Darvel

Inventor of Penicillin in 1928 and further developed by Howard Florey and Ernst Chain. They all won Nobel Prizes for Medicine in 1945.

(9) Politicians/Statesmen

(a) Jim Sillars: (1937 -) b. Ayrshire

He helped found the Scottish Labour Party in 1976, but later joined the SNP.

(b) Jack McConnell: (1960 -) b. Irvine

First Minister of Scotland in 2002.

(10) Sportspersons

(a) Bill Shankly: (1913 – 81) b. Glenbuck

Footballer and manager and father of Liverpool F.C.

(b) Sam Torrance: (1953 -) b. Largs.

International Golfer and Son of famous coach Bob.

(c) Rhona Martin: (1966 -) b. Irvine

International Curler famous for winning the Gold Olympic Medal for her team G.B