Historic Maybole revealed in
new book Published: 14 February 2006 By: Communications & Media
A new survey of Maybole has
been published highlighting the history that has shaped the town.
Historic Scotland, together with South Ayrshire Council and the
Council for British Archaeology, this week published the Burgh
Survey of Maybole, charting it’s development since it first appeared
in historical records in the 12th century.
Editor of the book, Martin Brann, an Assistant Inspector of Ancient
Monuments with Historic Scotland, said:
“This latest book in the Burgh Survey series, covering Scotland’s
historic towns, reveals that there is much more to the archaeology
and history of Maybole than its famous tackety boots. “This
series aims to identify areas of archaeological potential and assess
the implications of past development in important, historic towns
The authors, E Patricia Dennison of Edinburgh University, Dennis
Gallagher and Gordon Ewart of Kirkdale Archaeology Ltd. recount how
this south-west town progressed through the centuries.
Speaking about the book, the Convener of South Ayrshire Council's
Rural Communities Committee, Councillor Hywel Davies said: “I
think that it is very important that the development of rural
communities is documented, and this book does so with informative
text, excellent photographs and fascinating maps. “The book will
hopefully appeal to older people who have lived through some of the
changes, and to young people who will be able to learn about the
history and archaeology of Maybole.”
Maybole was first recorded in 1193 when Duncan, Earl of Carrick,
granted ‘the lands of Meibothelbeg’ to the monks of Melrose. Granted
the status of a burgh in 1516, Maybole was a focal point of the
economic life and society of Carrick. The later development of the
medieval town was influenced by the tempestuous history of local
rivalries and feuds – encouraging the building of defensible
townhouses, such as the surviving castle and the tollbooth.
The survey also traces the industrial growth and prospering economy
of 19th century Maybole and the lasting impact that new civic
building, factory and residential developments had on the townscape.
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ISBN 1 902771
51 6, 65pp, 30 illustrations, Price £9.50
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