Prof Dr Federico Kauffmann-Doig - Homecoming 2009
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Prof Dr Federico Kauffmann-Doig (right of centre) and his daughter Greta (to his right) are greeted in Maybole Town Hall.
Photo above taken by Senga Fergusson. Click on the images below to view full size.  Full story below

Prof Dr Federico Kauffmann-Doig and his daughter Greta at the grave of Jane Doig, sister of John Doig who emigrated to Peru in the early 19th century.

1.Members of Maybole Historical Society show their visitors some old photographs of Maybole and present copies photographs of a house that formerly belonged to their ancestors. 2.Molly Garrie, Ambassador Kauffmann-Doig, Helen McAdam, Greta, Nancy and Roy MacGregor

Piper Scott Barrie welcomed the visitors at the Town Hall

Bell made 1696 in Maybole by Albert Danel Geli, a Frenchman.

Culzean Castle - Gordon Nelson, Margaret Kiltie, Greta Kauffmann, Ambassador Kauffmann-Doig, David Kiltie and Peter Mason

Culzean Castle
The Eisenhower Apartments

Culzean Castle
Maybole Shore in the Background

A visit to Burns Cottage in the Year of Homecoming is a must! At Burns Cottage and Museum with John Manson
With Bill Torbett, owner of the Welltrees Inn & Claire Campbell
With the Maybole Police

Pictured at the County Buildings are (left to right back row) Eileen Howat, Executive Director, Margaret Kiltie, Peter Mason, Chairman of Maybole Community Council (left to right front row) David Kiltie, Greta, Provost Sloan, Professor Kauffman-Doig, and Councillor Ann Galbraith.

Exchange of gifts with
Provost Winifred Sloan

With Eddie Glass,
 caretaker of Maybole Town Hall


Prof Dr Federico Kauffmann-Doig (right of centre) and his daughter Greta (to his right) are greeted in Maybole Town Hall.
Photo by Senga Fergusson.

A Dream Come True


As most people now know, 2009 is the Year of Homecoming in Scotland. Last Thursday evening Maybole Community Council was delighted to welcome “home” a high profile descendant of one of the town’s former residents. A few weeks ago, Prof Dr Federico Kauffmann-Doig had been in touch to say that he and his daughter Greta would like to visit the home of his ancestors.


He is the current Peruvian ambassador to Germany and a descendant of John Doig who was born in Maybole on June 24, 1792 and who emigrated to Peru in 1820. The ambassador has a doctorate in archaeology, as well as a second doctorate in history. He has lectured at several of Peru’s universities and, as a visiting professor at the University of Bonn he taught Peruvian and American archaeology.


His prolific professional work has been honoured with the highest award given by Peru in the field of culture. He was the first Latin American to be awarded Sweden's Neubergh Medal. He has been decorated by the Peruvian government, as well as by the governments of Belgium, Austria and Sweden. He is a member of Peru's National Academy of History, an Honorary Member of the Barbier-Mueller Museum in Switzerland, a Member of the Royal Academy of History in Madrid, and the founding director of the Institute of Amazonian Archaeology. He belongs to the Scientific Committee of the Centro Studi Ricerche Ligabue, in Venice, and, together with Giancarlo Ligabue, has made 14 expeditions to the Peruvian Amazonian Andes.


He is also the author of several books. On Thursday March 5, the ambassador and his daughter met Peter Mason, chair of the community council, who was accompanied by David and Margaret Kiltie. The five of them had breakfast together before setting off on a whirlwind tour of the area. Their route took them past Burns Cottage, in Alloway, as they headed for Culzean Castle via Dunure and the Electric Brae.


They were welcomed by Fiona McClelland and Gordon Nelson and given a short tour of the castle which had been specially opened for them. Michael Harrison, duty manager, then showed them round the Eisenhower Apartments. The next stop was Maybole via Maidens, Turnberry, Kirkoswald and Crossraguel Abbey. To be in Maybole was a “dream come true” for the ambassador who said he had dreamt of this since childhood.


Members of Maybole Historical Society had opened Maybole Castle and set up an exhibition of old photographs which the visitors enjoyed as many of the buildings would have been in existence when their ancestors were living in the town. Helen McAdam, chair of the society, then presented them with two framed photographs of a house on Kirkoswald Road that once belonged to the Doig family.

After the castle visit they visited the old cemetery at the foot of the Kirkwynd where they saw the tombstone of John Doig’s sister Jane and others of family interest.


The cemetery is situated beside the Auld College and the history of the Kennedys buried there was explained. Lunch was enjoyed in the Welltrees Inn where Billy Torbett presented them with a DVD of the celebrations to mark the 250th anniversary of the marriage of Robert Burns’ parents in Maybole. He also gave them a photograph of Welltrees Street as it was in the 19th century and one of Maybole Pipe Band.


Burns Cottage was the next stop and they were welcomed by John Manson before a viewing of the video of the origins of the cottage and a visit to the museum. Following this the ambassador and his daughter met with Provost Winifred Sloan in her office at the County Buildings. After exchanging gifts, Provost Sloan said, “I think that it is very apt that the Professor chose to visit Maybole and South Ayrshire during the Year of the Homecoming.


“It was very interesting to hear about his ancestors and to see the enthusiasm with which he talked about the history of his family. “A well respected academic historian, who has published numerous books and received many awards for his works, I feel honoured to have met Profession Kauffman-Doig.” After a short rest at their hotel the ambassador and his daughter headed back to Maybole to the Town Hall where he was welcomed by the sound of the bagpipes played by Scott Barrie, 12.


In the Council Chambers, they met representatives of Maybole Community Council, the Historical Society, South Ayrshire Councillors, local community police and members of the public. Young Scott then piped the guests  to the main hall where the ambassador showed two DVDs; one of the Doig family members in Peru and the other of his archaeological work at the Lagoon of the Mummies in the Amazonian region of Peru. The narrator of the second DVD said that there were archaeological miracles in this work.


In his talk on the Peru Doig’s the ambassador showed some photos of his ancestor’s furniture and a copy of a letter he had written to his mother. He also spoke about some other famous descendants of John Doig, including several generals, politicians, a chief justice of Peru’s Supreme Court, architects and one, Herman Doig, who is being considered for canonisation!


Ambassador Kauffmann-Doig was then presented with various gifts including a special plaque with the town coat of arms engraved on it, a medallion, and a copy of James T Gray’s book which includes a reference to David Doig, a schoolmaster in Maybole in the 18th century. John Doig’s father and grandfather were both named David and both were schoolmasters in the town. The world famous road builder John Loudon McAdam was a pupil at their school.


The ambassador said he could not find the words to express how he felt about the wonderful hospitality he and his daughter had had been shown and he thanked everyone involved in making his visit so enjoyable. Peter Mason added, “I feel very privileged to have met such a distinguished and learned gentleman, and his daughter.


“This being the year of homecoming (in the sense of re-visiting your roots) I doubt if any one else who visits Scotland will have travelled so far. “Ambassador Kaufman Doig was an inspiration to all of us, and I am sure many who were present will now be thinking of tracing their own family roots. “I would think anybody who can trace their roots from Peru to Maybole must be dedicated to finding his ancestors.


“During his visit the ambassador said time after time how proud he was to know that he had Scottish blood. “On behalf of Maybole Community Council, I would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make this visit so memorable. “I am sure that this is not the last time we have heard from the Ambassador.”

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