|We were recently contacted
by Hugh Fairlie with the following inquiry.
My name is Hugh Fairlie,
I am a GP in Cornwall, and am the son of Hugh, the late
Director of Education of Renfrewshire, and descended
therefore from Hugh who was the Provost of Maybole at one
time. He must have been my great Grandfather, and my
Grandfather was Tom Fairlie, who lived in Ayr and who was a
Baker. I have a family heirloom, a fob watch which was
presented to the Provost Hugh, by the people of Maybole and
District, Hamilton, Canada. I wondered if there was any
record of an official visit by him, during his term in
office, which might relate to this?
"About 1908 .... one of the
larger shoe factories (Grays) closed down and gradually the
industry dwindled and Maybole again returned to hard times.
It is said over 2,000 of the townsfolk emigrated around 1910
many of them going to Hamilton in Ontario, Canada, where
there is still a district known as "Wee
Maybole"." from Chapter 7 of the book Maybole, Carrick's
Capital by James T. Gray.
William Ross - Maybole to Hamilton Ontario ( Little Maybole)
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contact us so that we
may solve this little mystery.