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and district had many associations with Robert Burns, whose birthplace at
Alloway is 5 miles
north of the town.
Burns’ mother, Agnes . b Brown, was born in Kirkoswald
Parish and lived for thirteen years in Maybole with her maternal grandmother
before her marriage to William Burness.
met for the first time at a fair in the town and the site of their meeting
place is marked by a small bust of the Poet on the gable of a shop at the foot
of Maybole High Street. Burns often visited Maybole to meet his old school
friend William Niven who had been at school with him in Kirkoswald Village.
This village is 4 miles south of Maybole and in the old graveyard there are
buried the world famous drouthy cronies, Tam o’ Shanter and Soutar Johnnie.
1193 when Duncan the first Earl of Carrick granted a charter of Maybole to the
Monks of Melrose, through the centuries to the present time, the old town of
Maybole has seen many changes. The Prince of Wales is the present Earl of
Carrick and Minniebolers are ever proud and conscious of this fact.
religion ruled, as is evidenced by the many chapels throughout the district,
at the same time there were warlike periods when the might was right and there
are many old fortified castles, mostly built in true Scottish baronial style,
scattered around Maybole and district. Some, such as Cassillis, Kilhenzie,
Killochan, Maybole Castle. etc. are still inhabited and in good preservation,
while only the ruins of many others remain.
a quiet rural town built on a sloping hillside overlooking the Southern
Uplands, gradually Maybole through the centuries grew until in the 19th
century it was a thriving weaving town of over 6,000 inhabitants and was also
a busy market town for the farmers from the surrounding country. In coaching
days, before railways, Maybole was the "half way house" between
Glasgow and Port Patrick, the port for Ireland, and all travellers rested a
night in the town. Many travelers such as Keats, Wordsworth, Shelley, R. L.
Stevenson and others stayed over to explore the wonderful countryside and to
write about it.
this time the famous road maker McAdam lived in the district and carried out
his experiments on the local roads and the first macadamised road ever laid is
traditionally said to be at Whitefaulds Farm, in Culzean Road, Maybole.
weaving died out through the introduction of power looms in larger towns and
boot and shoemaking became the town's main industry. This has also receded and
efforts are now being made to attract new industry to the town.