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New Provost of Cumnock Section

There were a total of 28 Provosts for Cumnock - this tradition began in 1866 and came to an end in 1975 with the passing of the The Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. Over this period of 109 years many of the houses, public buildings, institutions and infrastructure needed for the operation of the town was put in place, the majority of which survive to this day. Burgh Senior Police Magistrate was the official designation from 1866 till 1892 and Provost thereafter. The 28 Provosts served Cumnock, running unbroken from 1866 until 1975 when the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (c. 65) came in. This was an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom that altered local government in Scotland on 16 May 1975. More HERE

Check out the updated Pennylands pages - full of great information!

Pennylands Camp 22 - Hidden Histories of Ayrshire

Saturday 13 January until Saturday 28 April
Pennylands Camp 22, also known as Camp 22, Temple Camp and Auchinleck Camp, is a former WWII POW camp situated in the parish of Auchinleck to the North-East of Dumfries House. Built as training facilities for the Tank Corps, Pennylands was also used as a transit camp for regiments and then a prisoner of war camp, housing German and Italian prisoners. At the end of the War the camp was used as a repatriation camp for Polish Soldiers returning home; then by Ayr County Council as housing for local families. It was demolished in the 1950’s and largely forgotten about until now.

On display are objects from the archaeological digs of the site, extracts from oral history interviews that capture the recollections of members from the local community as well archival documents from the period. Led by Cumnock History Group and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund this exhibition tells the story of those who lived and worked in and around Pennylands Camp 22.



Pennylands Camp 22 FREE Talks and Events
Accompanying this exhibition will be three free talks by Cumnock History Group and the team behind the research and a Family Fun Day

Digging Into The Past 
by Liz Jones of 
Addyman Archaeology
Thursday 1 February | 6.30pm - 7.30pm.

Collecting Stories 
by Dr Sue Morrison
Thursday 1 March | 6.30pm - 7.30pm.

Remembering The Past 
by Bobby Grierson of Cumnock History Group
Thursday 5 April | 6.30pm -7.30pm.

Family Fun Day
Friday 13 April | 1pm - 3.30pm.
A family fun day that will explore some of the memories told and objects in the exhibition through drama, arts and crafts workshops.

Baird Institute Info and Opening Times
3 Lugar Street, Cumnock, KA18 1AD
Tel: 01290 427084

Thursdays: 12.30 - 4.40pm, 5pm-8pm
Fridays: 10am - 4pm 
Saturdays: 10am - 4pm

Friday 30 and Saturday 31 March 2018.
The Baird Institute is a fully accessible venue.     


Monthly Meetings

We meet monthly and always have a guest presentation. Past guests have included Dane Love, Dr James Begg, Charlotte Rostek, Ian McMurdo and many more.

Meetings are held at 7pm the 3rd Thursday of each month (except July and August) at Rothesay House Ceremony Suit, 1 Greenholm Road, Cumnock. Non-members welcome at a small fee.

Thursday 15th February
Edwin Lawrence – All the Fun of the Fair. A history of funfairs in Scotland.

Thursday 15th March 2018 - rescheduled from January      
David McMeekin – Robert Burns & the River Ayr. Former Chair of the Cumnock Cronies Burns Club, takes us on a walk along the River Ayr Way pointing out places and people connected to Robert Burns.