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hi robert this is a very good web site i have been following for a long time and very informative we used to live at 59 shawlands st and you lived at 51 i think my dad/mam was always very friendly with all of your family ( well everybody helped each other out )especially when it came to playing music i remember you were into music in a big way and your brother david was and my dad and gordon were good pals all the stories i got from him every body was close me and my sister have some good photos of the village that were taken in the 60S ect i will have to send but keep up the good work we all need sites like this to keep our history alive

Added: March 28, 2021
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Thank you so much for all the amazing photos and information here. My dad, Jojn Connolly Colligan lived on Clark street and was born in 1912 to Johnstone and Janet Colligan. He was a tenor and quite popular at Church and Scottish events in New York before and after WWii. His Sunday School teacher was a Miss Mary Carson. I wish I could find an old photo of him as a wee one.

Added: March 21, 2021
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Hi what a great site a have started to look back on family history my papa james mccluskie was born at st cuthbert street a noticed a pic of barnie mccluskie and a think its my papas brother any information would b great thanks very much 😁

Added: December 30, 2020
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My father was from Catrine, and I believe brought up by his Grandma or Aunt,in the Volunteer Arms.
Which I believe was in the family for 40 years.
His Mother died young and his Dad remarried and moved away.
We went to Scotland for the first time when I was 50 years old. not knowing any past history as most people who leave home early do not often talk much about it.
We found a librarian in Ayr, who was very helpful with family records, as such and we were really surprised about the pub connection. Which as luck would have it,was closed down just two weeks before. If anyone can give us some info on my family It would be really good.


Added: December 24, 2020
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What a great website - I love learning about local history, I wish all towns had a website like this.

I'm looking for the parents of James Elliot Hall (born 6 February 1939/1940) in Catrine. James is still alive but has dementia and his son would like to find out more about his father and his family history. I've been trying to help but with the records offices all closed with covid its proving a challenge!


Added: December 4, 2020
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This is a fabulous website full of so much information and photographs. I'm researching my family tree at the moment and have found that I have Inglis & Steele ancestors who were born and lived in Catrine. I'm especially interested in my Great Great Grandfather Alexander Piper Inglis born 1889 in Wood Street. He married a lady Called Jeanie McCaig in Mauchline but they were divorced and he remarried a lady called Frances Steele but he had a number of brothers and sisters who were also born in Catrine and lived there. If anyone has any information or pictures about the family I would be overjoyed to hear it. Thanks

Added: September 25, 2020
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In 1947 I was a young girl in Selah, Washington, USA when I started a pen-pal relationship with another girl in Catrine, Scotland. Her name is Iris Patterson. She was born in 1940, July 14. We exchanged letters sporadically for about 10 years and then life took over and we lost touch. I am nearly 80 and think she would be 80 now. I would love to know more about her if there is anyway to find that information. She once sent me a favorite book from there one Christmas. It is a cartoon book of Rupert. Any suggestions or information would be appreciated.

Admin reply: I think your penpal had two brothers Jack and Bobby and she is still about and lives in Mauchline.


Added: September 15, 2020
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reading your website has brought back so many memories. As a young boy i travelled and stayed in Catrine many many times. My Father Haydn was a furniture delivery driver and would deliver to the warehouse by the side of Mill Square where, on one trip he made friends with Ian and Evelyn Campbell who ran a cafe. I then spent many happy summers staying with them and their sons John, Hugh and louis. I am in my 60th year now and will return one day to look around, see old stomping grounds and the changes that has taken place. So many happy memories. Lynn.

Added: August 21, 2020
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My gran and grandpa were Cathy(nee Niven) and Curly McConnachie. They lived in Sorn Street in Catrine. My mum was their daughter Rena and Jim was her brother.
So many happy memories of Catrine from getting sweets out of Roxburgh's shop and Jackie Whites. The cattle show every year and going 'up the watter ' * * *

Admin reply: I remember your family well. Betty Bates was your grands sister and I was always best pals with Davy. I wrote a poem about Betty. She was a great character.


Added: May 10, 2020
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Such a fascinating page,especially the early photos. I am researching my husbands family tree & both sides of his family originate from Scotland.Mothers sides from Irvine but his Fathers side from Catrine & Sorn.
It would be great to know if yourself or anyone else involved in putting together pictures knew his family. Maxwell Stobbs (b.1849 in Ireland) & Agnes Skillen moved to Catrine from Ire around 1871.They lived at Meadowside cottages,catrine,Maxwell died 1912.
Maxwell Stobbs was one of their 8 children (b.1880:G Grandad) he was a railway signalman on the catrine railway branch & church warden,died in 1952. I'm wondering if someone knew him? He married Jeanie Arkinson & had 2 kids: Maxwell b.1909 (husbands grandad) & Magdaline. Maxwell married Isabella Pollock Gray (Traill Gray family) and in early 1930s they had 2 children before moving to Leeds, having his Dad (also Maxwell) and Aunt before emigrating to Rhodesia.


Added: February 23, 2020
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