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Robert Simson, West Kilbride’s Favorite Son

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Robert Simson, West Kilbride’s Favorite Son


In West Kilbride, there exists a breathtaking structure, one of the oldest residences in the town and surrounding areas. A beautiful mansion, dating back to the start of the second half of the 17th century, Kirktonhall House is the area’s premier historical point. It was the birthplace of famed mathematician Robert Simson, of whom there is a monument nearby erected.

Robert Simson was a man born into a family that had his path decided for him. As many other families did in that era, the children were expected or generally followed in the footsteps of their fathers, or entered professions guided by their families. Robert Simson was no different. He was originally intended to enter the church. Logic was too string within him though and he decided on pursuing mathematics via university in Glasgow, where he gained his degree. Read the full story

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The Museum of Ayrshire County Life & Costume

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The Museum of Ayrshire County Life & Costume


Just down the coast, about 15 km from West Kilbride is a town called Kilwinning. Every town has a story, much like everyone has a tale to tell, and so does the former village of Dalgarven. Gathering up their history and what makes them individual and unique provides a way for them to show who they are to others who would take time out of their day to learn something new. This is exactly what the Country Life and Costume Museum of Ayrshire does by showing us many examples of that unique existence.

A flour mill exists on site, hearkening all the way back to when Kilwinning Monks originally maintained one back in the 14h century. Milling has been a staple of the area’s economy in ages past. Though the wheel turns rarely now, the original methods and means with which the monks milled can still be seen. The structure currently in place was built in the 1600s and rebuilt because of a fire that ran through it in the late 1800s. Read the full story

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The Castles of West Kilbride Scotland

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The Castles of West Kilbride Scotland


The area in and around West Kilbride in Ayrshire Scotland is the home of four standing castles. As with many towns of Scotland, the castles are an integral part of the area’s rich history that goes back many centuries.

Built in the 15th centurury, Law castle was a gift to the Princess Mary, the oldest daughter of James the II, for her marriage to the Earl of Arran. Law Castle is comprised of five floors that are connected by a stone, spiral staircase and is available as one of Scotland’s most luxurious holiday rentals. It has been completely refurbished and is also available for wedding parties and ceremonies. The restored kitch is completely equipped for catering to the needs of wedding parties. Read the full story

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West Kilbride’s History

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West Kilbride’s History


Where is West Kilbride? It is a village in the North Aryshire, Scotland. Located on the west coast by the Firth of Clyde and looks across the waters to the Isle of Arran and Goat Fell. The districts of Seamill and Portencross, combined with West Kilbride, are considered together to make up a small town with a population less than 5000 around 2001.

It is believed, that West Kilbride is named after the Celtic Saint Brigid of Kildare who, according to local history, established her church sometime around 500AD. The West was added in front of Kilbride to differentiate it from other communities that commemorate St. Bride in the area. Read the full story

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