William Douglas, farmer at Monkwood Mains, ploughing with a four horse team whose ages totalled only eleven years. They are (left to right) the mare Echo (aged 3), gelding Donald (2), stallion Coronation (4) and mare Irene (2). The picture was taken in 1941 while he was ploughing in the field opposite the village.
Mrs Margaret Hunter followed in the footsteps of her mother Mrs Harrison as Minishant village shopkeeper, and her large black cat was her 'trade mark.' She served the community until her retirement 1940, when the shop was combined with the post office under Mrs Sarah Hearton.
Minishant Branch of the Scottish Women's Rural Institute was established in 1923 at the suggestion of Mrs Sylvia Kennedy, who was then living as Monkwood House. This picture shows the founder members with Mrs Kennedy at Doonholm the following year.
We have to thank a man with strong Maybole connections for one of the great communications improvements, tarred roads, which made travel so much easier. John Loudon Macadam, born in Ayr but educated at school in Maybole, devised the method after much experimentation including this stretch of 'tarred-macadamised road at Sauchrie, a few miles north of Maybole, where he lived from 1785-1798. For more on John Loudon Macadam see James Gray's book Maybole - Carrick Capital Pages 194-5