(Left) Bill steps back in time. Bill Cuthbert
back in the Maybole Provost's robes! Pity we can't turn prices back to
1975 when Bill was the the last man to officially wear these robes and
this chain of office. Bill got back into the garb, unofficially, as
Maybole celebrated national History Week 2002. The robes, chain, and
Maybole Burgh memorabilia are normally kept at Rozelle House in Ayr. But
they were back in Carrick's capital for history week, and Bill - who will
be 80 later this year - was asked to don them once more. (From the
Ayrshire Post May 2002)
(Right) Town Council early 1970s. Bill Cuthbert - Provost.
South Ayrshire Council museums and galleries officer Liz Kwasnik
shows Fred Westcott some of the Maybole Burgh memorabilia. Fred
himself played a key part in History Week, with his slide shows
of natural history and wildlife.
David Killicoat (seated right) shows his family tree to Yvonne
Simister, Peter Walker, and Bob Smith (back right)
Checking out the Archives are Maybole Historical Society
honorary president Murray Cook, and Jilly Boid, South Ayrshire
Council's collection management officer.
Maybole Historical Society – History Week Events 8th-12th
Wednesday 8th May Fred Westcott, a well known local photographer
and natural historian opened thee vents for History Week in Maybole by
giving two presentations of his wonderful photographs of the wildlife
present in Carrick. Most of his audience left with the feeling that
they had been wandering around with their eyes shut. During the
afternoons of Thursday 9th and Friday 10th Family
History Workshops were held in the lesser town hall giving local people the
chance to get help in starting their own family history or assistance with a
problem ancestor whose details were difficult to trace. Others were
able to see the facilities that will be available in the Local and Family
History Centre in the Maybole Development Group offices in the High Street
in the near future. On Thursday evening Dave Killicoat provided a
short insight into the facilities available for tracing local and family
history with the aid of computers and the Internet.
On Saturday 11th May
representatives from the LDS Family History Centre in Kilmarnock, Alloway
and Southern Ayrshire Family History Centre, Maybole Old Parish Church and
Maybole Historical Society provided displays, help and demonstrations at a
History Fair in the Town Hall. Finally on Sunday afternoon Murray Cook
and David Hunter shared their vast knowledge of Maybole’s historical past by
leading walks round Maybole.
the week South Ayrshire Council Museums Service displayed the Maybole
Regalia (normally stored in Rozelle House Museum in Ayr) which gave everyone
the opportunity to see it and to meet the principal staff based at Rozelle.
Ayrshire Archives displayed some examples of the archives available relating
to Maybole and the Society’s own president, Murray Cook, organised a large
display of photographs of Maybole in days gone by alongside the same view
taken a matter of days before.
Although the turnout for all
the events was good the competition from the Ayr Agricultural Show and a
local swimming gala combined with beautiful weather meant that the History
Fair was not as well attended as had been expected. Everyone has
declared the first History Week series of events a great success both from
the point of view of those who visited the various events and also from the
organisers and museum staff who have been presented with a wealth of new
material and fact which further enhances the preservation of Maybole’s