Ayrshire Federation of Historical Societies


The Ayrshire Federation of Historical Societies represents societies and individuals interested in the history of Ayrshire and its dissemination to a wider public. We act as an umbrella organisation, offering support and advice to our members, and organising events where they can meet with one another, sharing news and experiences. We also promote the history of Ayrshire and encourage further research. To these aims we annually award the John Strawhorn Quaich to recognise work done in this area. We organise a biennial conference to promote a particular topic; these have included Medical History, Non – Conformist Churches, Food & Drink, and Ayrshire Castles. We are joint editor with Ayrshire Archaeological and Natural History Society of the publication Ayrshire Notes.


5 Eglinton Terrace, Ayr, KA7 1JJ


Pamela McIntyre
01292 280080
Elaine McFarland

Other information

Ayrshire Federation of Historical Societies, Biennial Conference
Ayrshire Castles; From Kings to Covenanters
Burns Suite, Irvine Town House
Saturday, 5 October 2019
Chairperson: Prof Dauvit Broun
There will be two types of paper – contextual and site specific. The conference will also include an optional visit to Seagate Castle which is 10 minutes away from the venue. This site is normally closed, but will be specially opened for the conference
10.00am Chair’s introduction
10.10am 'The 'Westland’ - Ayrshire castles and the Early Stewart Kings (Prof Steve Boardman)
10.45am Ayrshire Castles in Context (Geoffrey Stell)
11.20am Ardrossan Castle Revisited (Dr David Caldwell)
11.45am Ayr Citadel (Tom Rees)
LUNCH provided, at Irvine Town House
1.15pm Better of as ruins? Restoring Ayrshire's Castles (Mike Davis)
1.50pm Turnberry: Castle and Countryside (Dr Piers Dixon and Dr Will Wyeth)
2.15pm Seagate Castle, and Some Family Resemblances (Dr Aonghus Mackechnie)
3pm Visit to Seagate Castle
Conference fee £15 (including morning coffee/tea & lunch)
Send a cheque as payment to: Mr. Rob Close, 1 Craigbrae Cottages, Drongan, AYR, KA6 7EN to arrive by 27th September 2018. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Ayrshire Federation of Historical Societies’. Receipt of payment will be issued by email or if a SAE has been provided. For more information please contact Rob Close e-mail:craigbraecottages@gmail.com or telephone 01292 590273

Events List

Date Title Town/City
9 October, 2021 (All day) Ayrshire Women online