Sornweb Guestbook
Since May 1999
This may be a better opportunity to view the guest book, as it is all on one file, and the people who have defaced the guest book by inserting blank entries, and double entries have been removed. 


Record 1
Name: Kenny Baird
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1999-05-01 17:50:44
Comments: Just testing this guestbook, anyone with comments, corrections etc on this rather large web site, will be more than welcome.... Thank You Kenny Baird
Record 2
Name: Vina Wilson Urquhart
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Catrine until 1960 then Troy, NY USA
Time: 1999-05-28 20:29:05
Comments: Wonderful to find Catrine, Sorn and Mauchline on the web. Would like more historical documents similar to the Sorn Church Bulletins.
Record 3
Name: Elaine Lyell
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Edinburgh, originally Plymouth, Devon
Time: 1999-05-28 22:09:43
Comments: I am researching my husband's family history. His family came from Mauchline but his earliest ancestor arrived there from Newburgh,Fife. (Henry Lyell born c.1765) I would be delighted if anyone has any information on him.
Record 4
Name: Davina Stewart Nee Fell
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Mortlake, Victoria, Australia
Time: 1999-05-30 03:44:34
Comments: I was born in Dalgain Farm, Sorn in 1946 and emigrated with my family to Australia in 1965. Discovering this web site has been so exciting for all of the family and was made even more interesting when we found a photo of my niece in front of Poosie Nancies and a photo of her mother (my sister Margaret Fell) in front of Lint Mill. My father, now 90 lives with us and is having a wonderful time reviewing the photos of people and places he knows. It is one of the best village sites that I have seen on the internet, - keep up the good work.
Record 5
Name: Jo Ann Eddy Brown
Website:
Referred by: Viewing another Guestbook
From: Knoxville, Tennessee USA
Time: 1999-05-30 21:26:54
Comments: I am pleased to find this site. My interest is in Catrine, which I visited in the mid-1980's. I have a long obituary on a former Catrine man, who became well known in the mine union work here in the USA. His name was Jock Moore aka as John Brown Moore. His mother was a Jessie Marley. If anyone is interested in some of this I would be happy to work with them via offline email. Sincerely, Mrs Jo Ann Brown
Record 6
Name: Christine Jess
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Mauchline
Time: 1999-06-03 12:39:11
Comments: Private Message (click to view)
Record 7
Name: George Brown
Website:
Referred by: Lycos
From: Manchester England via Kirkintilloch
Time: 1999-06-06 20:45:43
Comments: Great to find you. My father, Robert Gemmil Brown was born in Sorn on 10 September 1904. If anyone in Sorn can help me trace my family history I would be most grateful. I do not know when he left Sorn, but he became a coal miner. His father was a gamekeeper. My father married Annie Stark Tannahill. I was born in 1951 in Kirkintilloch. I look forward to hearing from you.
Record 8
Name: Carol Jackson
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Melbourne Australia
Time: 1999-06-23 00:54:38
Comments: Great site, lovely to see photos of where my ancestors came from
Record 9
Name: Wilma M.(COWSAR)Brown
Website: None
Referred by: Net Search
From: Fort Worth,Texas
Time: 1999-06-23 06:15:22
Comments: Hi everyone and Kenny,I visited this site last year and it was great to find the birthplace (SORN) of my Peden anscestors. First ancestor was James Pethein/Peden, next was his son Alexander born in late 1500's.All the Peden's will go back to James and Alexander Peden. My ancestor was a G.G. Grandson of Alexander. His father James had immigrated to Antrim, Ireland and his son John and wife Peggy McDill and all their children immigrated to Chester Co.S.C.in 1761..I passed this address on to a Peden website so there will be many of Alexander Peden's descendents visiting this website and signing the guestbook. Sincerely, Wilma M. (COWSAR) Brown
Record 10
Name: Betty Burkart
Website:
Referred by: NewsGroups
From: Vancleave, Mississippi, USA
Time: 1999-06-23 17:03:30
Comments: Enjoyed seeing where my Peden ancestors originally came from, and the history of that area. Great job!
Record 11
Name: Anne Grace
Website:
Referred by: From a Web Ring
From: Romeo, MI USA
Time: 1999-06-23 20:39:01
Comments: My gggrandfather was born in Sorn in l813. I'm hoping to go back farther in my search. His name was John Hannah, son of George and Jean McGown.
Record 12
Name: Brian Morton
Website:
Referred by: AOL
From: Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Time: 1999-07-28 16:58:17
Comments: Hi Everyone, Great to see that Catrine, Sorn and Mauchline have a web page. You are to be commended for you work. My wife and I were recently visiting my cousin in Ayr (Robin Morton) who arranged a tour of Catrine and Sorn for us under the excellent guidance of Terry Harrison (a wealth of information so generously shared with us). My Great Grandfather Hugh Morton was the Mill Manager in Catrine until his death in 1893. My Great Great Grandfather Hugh Morton was married in Sorn Parish in 1828 (it was a incredible feeling to stand in the same spot almost 175 years later. Keep up the great work folks. Robin Morton and I are now embarking on our own family research (with the able help of the Carnegie Library in Ayr). Aye Yours, Brian Morton
Record 13
Name: Ian McClure
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Originally Sorn, now Prestwick
Time: 1999-07-30 22:14:41
Comments: Great website Kenny, well done, I'd heard about it but i'm even more impressed now I've seen it
Record 14
Name: john richmond
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Ottawa Canada
Time: 1999-08-04 00:02:14
Comments: These pictures are a treasure. Well done. John
Record 15
Name: Winifred Holland
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Kilmarnock but now London, Ontario
Time: 1999-08-05 17:03:11
Comments: My aunt and uncle lived in Catrine village (I think their address was 3 St. Catherines) and I spent many a happy time playing near the reservoir. It was wonderful to look back over the old photographs : the memories simply flooded back. I want to thank you for providing me with this wonderul opportunity to reminisce.
Record 16
Name: John H Breckenridge
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Canada
Time: 1999-08-10 03:19:55
Comments: I am a descendant of John Brackenridge who rests in the Mauchline churchyard.
Record 17
Name: Stirling Moore
Website: Stirlings Home Page
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Tidworth, Hampshire
Time: 1999-08-11 23:56:35
Comments: How nice to see the beautiful sites around Sorn. My childhood days were spent at Gilmilscroft when it was a boarding school in the early 60's. Would love to hear anything from anybody that remembers the school in those days. Congratulations on an excellent web site.
Record 18
Name: Lorena Peden
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Chico, CA USA
Time: 1999-08-18 19:09:54
Comments: I was pleased to find this website from Wilma Brown and the Peden-L@rootsweb.com listing. My husband's family is from Tarbolton, but his father came from Mauchline. We still have cousins in Tarbolton, and I believe in Mauchline, also. Thankyou for the history and this site! Hope to make more connections with the Peden genealogy further back I have been able to connect as yet.
Record 19
Name: Kay Stokes
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Provo, Utah, USA.
Time: 1999-08-26 04:48:03
Comments: We Found this web page when we visited Sorn. I am presently going through your website. We are desents from people who lived in Sorn in the 1700's.
Record 20
Name: Alan Ritchie
Website:
Referred by: From a Web Ring
From: Gore Southland New Zealand
Time: 1999-09-03 07:46:23
Comments: Researching Taylor family Shawwood Catrine Ayrshire
Record 21
Name: R Cunningham
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Mauchline
Time: 1999-09-15 15:37:57
Comments: Hi Kenny thought I better sign in while I was here, keep up the good work.
Record 22
Name: Margaret Steele
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Pamber Heath, Hampshire, England
Time: 1999-09-24 21:35:33
Comments: What a fantastic site. I am originally from Catrine (Margaret Nelson) and this brings many memories of home back (yes, it is still "home", even after 20 years in England). The pictures of the Big Wheel in 1908 show a man standing between the wheels, and I am sure this is my grandfather, Jimmy Campbell, who was the wheelkeeper then. Keep up the good work.
Record 23
Name: Judy Caldow Ollikkala
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Worcester MA USA
Time: 1999-09-25 02:01:09
Comments: Hi Kenny, you are doing great with your website.
Record 24
Name: Euan Kerr
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Catrine
Time: 1999-10-19 12:04:11
Comments: Just looking up your page from the Uni Labs. I like the recent updates with the superimposed images. Have you ever seen this page http://www.ehabitat.demon.co.uk/scotland/ballochmyle.html It could be a good link from your Ballochmyle page.
Record 25
Name: Simon Leitch
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Sorn
Time: 1999-10-19 12:58:07
Comments: This is really an excellent site. I am currently doing a 1 year postgraduate cource in Primary Teaching at Craigie in Ayr. As part of an assignment, I need to find a suitable web site for School children to use. I had tried to go to New lanark but didn't find a lot. This however, is ideal, and I will use it for my assignment, but is brilliant for use in schools as well.
Record 26
Name: Mark Paden
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Varnville, South Carolina
Time: 1999-10-25 03:27:32
Comments: This is an outstanding site!! I am descended from the Pedens of Sorn and discovered the site while doing research prior to a trip to Scotland and Ireland where my Pedens lived prior to coming to South Carolina in 1772. Last month my son Jimmy and I visited Sorn and it really was a high point of the entire trip. People in Sorn are great and the countryside is beautiful. Very special thanks to Kenny Baird for this site and the time he spent with these Peden descendants. Peden's Cave was unforgettable!!!!!!!
Record 27
Name: William L. Sloss
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Oregon
Time: 1999-11-03 08:40:39
Comments: Searching for information regarding my family. My Great-great Grandfather, James Sloss, was born in Mauchline (abt. 1816) and married Janet (Jessie) Fergusson (b. abt. 1820) abt. 1838. Of their issue was Robert Sloss b. abt. 2/1843, Chr. 3/12/1843, d. 4/12/1896 in Dalmellington, Ayrshire. We shall be thankful for any information that is provided.
Record 28
Name: Donald Morrison
Website:
Referred by: NewsGroups
From: Fishburn Co Durham
Time: 1999-11-09 22:20:28
Comments: Congratulations. The site is a credit to all who participated in its creation. It is a very positive reflection of the community and a 'yard stick' for others who are planning their own websites. You've set your standards high, I sincerely hope you can maintain them.
Record 29
Name: Jimmy Paden
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Charleston SC USA
Time: 1999-11-10 23:27:38
Comments: Thanks for the tour Kenny!! Nice meeting you and your father. Fabulous spot!! I probably wont be able to return for a while but the site keeps me closer. thanks again
Record 30
Name: James Kennedy
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Colac Australia
Time: 1999-11-16 08:06:33
Comments: This site is terrific. I wish I had the net prior to my 1997 visit to Catrine and Sorn. When my gggrandfather, James Kennedy, left the area in 1862, he boarded the Eden Castle. He mentions in his journal - Catrine Oat Cake. Would anyone have the recipe? I would love to make up a batch. Also any info on Kennedys, Farquhars, McGavins, Goldies or Trains in the area or abroad would be very much appreciated. Thanks - James.
Record 31
Name: David Bone
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Auchencloigh
Time: 1999-11-18 20:19:58
Comments: Private Message (click to view)
Record 32
Name: margaret graham (nee fell)
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: australia
Time: 1999-11-24 03:14:20
Comments: hello to all my pals in my auld hame towns of sorn and mauchline. I would love to hear from anyone who sees this message and remembers me prior to my immigrating to australia.
Record 33
Name: Moira McPhun-Ottofaro
Website: microsoft internet explorer
Referred by: Clicked on our Banner Advertisement
From: Virginia, U.S.A.
Time: 1999-12-04 19:30:24
Comments: During WW11,around 1938-1942,my three sisters and I were evacuees from Glasgow. We stayed at Sorn Castle and have many wonderful memories of the Castle, Lady McIntire,and the villagers of Sorn Village. I and my remaining two sisters would be so greatful for information around that era through to as recent as possible.I have had no success for those years thru' the internet.
Record 34
Name: Ian Davidson
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Castlegar BC Canada
Time: 1999-12-08 00:15:59
Comments: My parents came from Glengarnock,Ayrshire, do you have any information about this village?
Record 35
Name: Helen Hall nee Burns
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Vancouver BC Canada
Time: 1999-12-09 03:58:00
Comments: Having lived in Catrine for many years before immigrating to Canada it was delightful to see all the pictures and how things have changed over the years. Thank you so much for the hard work, it is much appreciated. I am looking for a book published around 1967 about the Birnie would anyone know where or if I can still get this.
Record 36
Name: robin nouch
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: currently 7 main street, sorn - [ex-greyhound inn]
Time: 1999-12-16 23:39:06
Comments: impressive! 
Record 37
Name: Margaret Steele (nee Nelson)
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Tadley, Hants
Time: 1999-12-30 01:25:36
Comments: Private Message (click to view)
Record 38
Name: Vina Wilson Urquhart
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Catrine until 1960 then Troy, NY, USA
Time: 1999-12-31 20:51:48
Comments: I was visitor #2. Making a nostalgic last visit of the century on 12/31/1999. Its been great to see more photos added. I wonder if anyone has a listing of the names of the war dead from the Catrine War Memorial. I've been trying to locate info on an ancestor, Samuel Alexander b:1871, who I believe was killed in the South African Boer War. Happy New Year and Century to all and Lang May Yer Lum Reek!! 
Record 39
Name: Janet Newman, nee Shaw
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: 19 Main Street, Sorn (born)
Time: 2000-01-14 02:05:37
Comments: Hi Kenny, update this with some more photographs -please.
Record 40
Name: Christopher W Larson
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Boulder, CO, USA
Time: 2000-01-16 05:35:10
Comments: I stumbled upon this website while looking for information on Galston/Newmilns. If anyone knows of any sites on these towns, please email me. 
Record 41
Name: Robert Steele
Website: Catrine House
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Catrine
Time: 2000-01-23 22:20:01
Comments: An excellent site that does the area a great service. Keep up the good work Kenny. Happy surfing.
Record 42
Name: Edith Harvey
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Sorn
Time: 2000-01-31 22:29:25
Comments: SORN HOMEPAGE A very interesting tour of Sorn! A few places I've never heard of though! 
Record 43
Name: fiona barbour
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: London
Time: 2000-02-03 11:29:16
Comments: I was very pleased to find the Sorn website. My Father comes from Sorn and we still have lots of family living in the village and the surrounding area. I visited in October 1999 for the first time in 10 years and it brought back so many happy memories of long summer holidays, especially Timmers Brig! 
Record 44
Name: DR. JOHN C. B. COOPER
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: KILMARNOCK
Time: 2000-02-04 13:23:26
Comments: A very interesting and very informative historical collection. Obviously,a great deal of effort has been invested in this labour of love. 
Record 45
Name: Joyce Smith Walker
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Springfield, Oregon, USA
Time: 2000-02-06 22:49:49
Comments: I was refered to this website by Elaine Lyell (Record #3). Our husbands are descendants of David Lyell, born 8 June 1814, a son of Hendry Lyell, born 1765. David Lyell was married to Janet essie" Porter of Catrine on 25 Nov. 1836, Mauchline. My husbands grandfather was George Haining Lyle, (son of John Lyle, grandson of David Lyell). Are there any present day descendants of these people still living in the Catrine, Mauchline area? I would love an e-mail from you. This is such an excellant website - I feel as though I have actually been to all the areas pictured. Good work, Kenny!!! 
Record 46
Name: Jodi
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Australia
Time: 2000-02-19 01:13:45
Comments: Private Message (click to view)
Record 47
Name: Kerry Abel
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Ottawa, Canada
Time: 2000-02-19 22:02:17
Comments: What a wonderful site! My husband's great-great grandfather, Thomas Baird (1848-1926) emigrated from a farm near Sorn, going first to Illinois, USA and then to Alberta, Canada. We were just curious about his home, and were very pleased to find your site. We would be delighted to hear from anyone about Baird family history. 
 48 Friday 03/03/2000 10:11:36am
Name: Margo Cathcart
E-Mail: margo.cathcart@e-ayrshire.co,uk
Homepage Title: Ayrshire Electronic Community
Homepage URL: http://www.e-ayrshire.co.uk
Referred By: From a Friend
Location: Ayrshire Electronic Community
Comments: The Ayrshire Electronic Community is a new community project designed to improve information technology awareness in a range of communities throughout Ayrshire. It will help ensure that socially excluded communities can play their full part in today's information society. If you would like further information or are interested in any collaborative work please contact me.

 49 Friday 03/10/2000 5:05:03pm
Name: Jamie McIntyre
E-Mail:
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed On In
Location: Sorn Castle
Comments: An excellent web site, I learnt a great deal about both the history of Sorn and Sorn Castle that I did not know before.

Kind regards

Jamie.


 50 Thursday 04/06/2000 8:09:00pm
Name: Brian Baxter
E-Mail: brianbaxter@newport.fsbusiness.co.uk
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed On In
Location: Newport on Tay
Comments: Am researching my family history: Baxter, Muir/Moore, Crawford, and Henderson living in Sorn, Catrine, Darnconner and Auchinleck during the 19th C. 
Grandfather: Hugh Brown Baxter, b.Sorn, 1874 (miner at Barony Colliery) lived Darnconner, m. (1)Agnes Ewing (2)Mary Piper. 
Great web pages - my great-grandparents lived in Mill St and Ford St, Catrine.

 51 Thursday 04/20/2000 8:55:22pm
Name: Alastair Mitchell
E-Mail: AMITCHELL35@COMPUSERVE.COM
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed On In
Location: Winchester, Hampshire
Comments: Looked you up as my GGGGrandparents were McCrones who were farmers in Sorn and district.

 52 Monday 04/24/2000 3:41:36am
Name: Kaye Koeberle
E-Mail: koeberle@home.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Yahoo!
Location: Garland, Texas USA
Comments: I am a direct descendent of Alexander Peden (born in Sorn 1626) It is exciting to be able to read about him! Thanks!

 53 Saturday 04/29/2000 10:20:03pm
Name: John & Rena Woodward (nee Hume)
E-Mail: dale@woodw22.freeserve.co.uk
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: From a Friend
Location: Catrine
Comments: Well done Kenny and friends we are on the map at last
10 10 all the best.

 54 Tuesday 05/09/2000 8:30:56pm
Name: Brian Morton
E-Mail: b_morton@douglas.bc.ca
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: From a Friend
Location: Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Comments: Great Job!! Mauchline/Catrine and Sorn have such a rich past. My great grandfather (Hugh Morton) was the mill manager in Catrine until he died in 1893. My grandfather emigrated to Edmonton Alberta Canada in about 1904. My wife and I visited Ayrshire (and of course the Catrine area) in May of 1999, the first time a Canadian Morton of our branch had been back since 1915. We fell in love with the area and are very envious. Again, great job and I am looking forward to any updates.

 55 Monday 05/15/2000 5:26:13am
Name: Bonnie Suchan (Shaw)
E-Mail: suchan@sk.sympatico.ca
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed On In
Location: Canada
Comments: Excellent Job! Our family lines include Shaw, Wallace, Miller, Mitchell, Flemming, Baird, Brown, Bicket, Crawford all from Sorn and area. It's great to see the places they lived and worked. Thanks.

 56 Tuesday 05/30/2000 3:25:06am
Name: Kirkland R. Darling
E-Mail: dell@clarityconnect.com
Homepage Title: Kirkland Genealogy & Family History
Homepage URL: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Oaks/9952/
Referred By: Net Search
Location: New York State, USA
Comments: My gg-grandparents, Thomas Kirkland & Agnes Gibb, were married in Sorn on 20 Dec. 1822. They later emigrated to Quebec, Canada. Visiting the Sorn page has given me a much better understanding of my ancestors background. You did a great job. I especially enjoy the old photographs. Would love to compare notes with anyone else researching the Kirklands.

 57 Friday 06/02/2000 9:03:41pm
Name: Kathy Duncan Cawley
E-Mail: nyfromca@aol.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: From a Friend
Location: New York
Comments: Wonderful site, beautiful pictures! While doing my family tree, my research led me to Sorn and a new cousin! Without him, I would have never found some of my rich roots! I will visit one day soon. Kathy KIRKLAND/DUNCAN Cawley.

 58 Thursday 06/08/2000 10:48:29pm
Name: Robert Guthrie
E-Mail: jascam@aol.com
Homepage Title: History of the Parish of New Cumnock
Homepage URL: http://members.xoom.com/guthrienew/nchistory/welcomex.html
Referred By: Just Surfed On In
Location: Barrhead via New Cumnock
Comments: Enjoyed returning to my Ayrshire roots - particularly enjoyed the page on old books . best wishes bob

 59 Sunday 06/11/2000 8:41:03pm
Name: Big Sanny
E-Mail: smcfadyean2@tinyonline.co.uk
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: From a Friend
Location: Catrine
Comments: Great stuff, have been logging on for a while. Congratulations on an excellent site

 60 Wednesday 07/05/2000 1:54:31am
Name: Donald Finlay
E-Mail: dfinlay@xtra.co.nz
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed On In
Location: New Zealand
Comments: I visited the villages of Sorn & Catrine in August 1998, in search of family history (Ramage family), and discovered the website. It is great to see the additional photographs - keep up the good work.

 61 Thursday 08/10/2000 8:30:49pm
Name: Joseph Peden
E-Mail: joe@peden66.freeserve.co.uk
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed On In
Location: Liverpool
Comments: I am very interested in my surname and my family tree. For many years I heard stories of this strange monk type person who lived in caves and hid from people. I was told I was related to him. I have come to believe it is Alexander peden .The story I was told was that, a young girl had gotten pregnant and when questioned she said the father was the stranger who lives in the caves, and she believed his name to be peden. I would just like to thank you for such a helpful site 

 62 Saturday 08/19/2000 2:25:41pm
Name: Tom Leith
E-Mail: tomleith.farmyard@virgin.net
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: NewsGroups
Location: Strathaven
Comments: Preparing Family Tree. Looking for relative circa 1791 who was a Grain Miller in Catrine. His brother James McGaan lived in Sloanstoun Farm, Dalmellington.

 63 Wednesday 08/23/2000 4:19:09am
Name: jim harvey
E-Mail: harv_jim@hotmail.com.au
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed On In
Location: Australia
Comments: My father was born in Sorn and is now buried there. I visit if I can but unfortunately that is not often enough.

 64 Thursday 08/31/2000 8:16:38am
Name: John Robertson
E-Mail: john.robertson@paisley.ac.uk
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Net Search
Location: Ayr
Comments: Tremendous!

I'll be directing student teachers to your site to help them resource local history activity in school placements.

John Robertson
School of Education
Beech Grove, Ayr


 65 Saturday 09/30/2000 0:11:24am
Name: Stirling Moore
E-Mail: stirling@hosewinder.force9.co.uk
Homepage Title: Stirling's Web Site
Homepage URL: http://www.hosewinder.force9.co.uk
Referred By: Just Surfed On In
Location: Keighley, West Yorkshire
Comments: Have already an entry in the guestbook, am still looking for any old schoolmates that went to GILMILNSCROFT SCHOOL in the early 60's. Also, can anybody tell me what has become of the old building that used to be the school?

 66 Saturday 09/30/2000 7:45:48pm
Name: Jane Cavell
E-Mail: janecavell@aol.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed On In
Location: Witney, Oxon, UK
Comments: Looking for any long-lost relatives out there. Great-great-grandfather George Park (b.1835) was from South Limmerhaugh farm but left to become a surgeon. His parents were Hugh Park (b.1799) and Jean Hamilton; Hugh's parents were George Park and Agnes McGaan or McGavin. Other farms connected with this family: Burntshield, Merkland. George married Marion Clark, daughter of James Clark and Marion McKinlay, of Auchenlongford farm. Marion McK. died young and James then married Marion Lindsay. Would love to hear from anyone who knows these farms or is descended from the same people.

 67 Saturday 09/30/2000 11:24:47pm
Name: Elaine M. Dickson
E-Mail: elnpet@edickson.fsnet.co.uk
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Clicked on a 'Guestbooks by GuestWorld' Button
Location: Sorn, Ayrshire
Comments: My mother attended a preview of the materials at Sorn School and gave me the web address, knowing that I am fascinated in old photographs of our family. There are photos of my mother, father, myself and other family members who attended Sorn Primary. The web site is particularly helpful, as I now live in Aberdeenshire.

 68 Sunday 10/01/2000 5:39:59pm
Name: Susan
E-Mail: susanmad@hotmail.com
Homepage Title: My Home Page
Homepage URL: http://members.home.net/madan/
Referred By: Just Surfed On In!
Location:
Comments: I liked your website. It has some really good information.

 69 Thursday 10/05/2000 11:57:54pm
Name: Elizabeth D. Moore
E-Mail: moor877@attglobal.net
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed On In
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Comments: Keep up the good work. I am researching my grandparents from Maybole. (Peden). They emigrated
to Canada. How would a person find out the port of departure and the name of the ship??

 70 Saturday 10/14/2000 3:46:29pm
Name: Agnes Irene Harrison Lindsay
E-Mail: sheenal@supanet.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Lycos
Location: Ayr
Comments: Hello Sorn
Thanks for the memories

love 

Irene


 71 Monday 10/16/2000 6:02:59am
Name: Angela Davidson
E-Mail: activemd@one.net.au
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed On In
Location: Australia
Comments: Fantastic site. I came across a picture of my Great Grandfather whom I have never before seen a picture of.
My grandmother Lizzie Liddell still lives in sorn. I have been back 4 times and it is a great place, the church is magnificent and is where my parents Elizabeth (Betty) and Edward (Eddie) Davidson where married. I have emailed my mother a picture of her Grandfather- she was thrilled.

 72 Friday 10/27/2000 2:29:51pm
Name: Mark Sornsin
E-Mail: sorn@i29.net
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed On In
Location: Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Comments: Most in my family have acquired the nick name "Sorny" or "Sorn". Natually, when I found the Sorn villiage site on a search of Sorn, I had to check it out. 

The internet makes the world even smaller - and in bizzar fashion, too!

Mark Sornsin


 73 Sunday 10/29/2000 4:32:01pm
Name: Campbell Baird
E-Mail: campbell_baird@bigpond.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed On In
Location: Pearl Beach Australia
Comments: Very interesting to find out about the area my ancestors came from. Thanks!

 74 Tuesday 10/31/2000 1:27:17pm
Name: Helen & Mark Lamont
E-Mail: mjlamont@hotmail.com
Homepage Title: The Lamont Family Homepage
Homepage URL: http://www.lamont-family.com
Referred By: Lycos
Location: Bedford, Bedfordshire
Comments: We really enjoyed this site. We have just holidayed in New Cumnock and surrounding area. Mark was brought up in Cumnock, his parents live in Auchinleck. We visited Sorn to look at a house at the top of the hill (which is for sale). From your site, we think it may be the house now standing on the old Woodhead Sorn site. Anyway, we thought the village was lovely and we will visit again some time. The site is really interesting - well done.

 75 Monday 11/06/2000 10:18:07pm
Name: robbie wilson
E-Mail: robbie.wilson@libertysurf.co.uk
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed On In
Location: mauchline now penicuik
Comments: WAS TOLD ABOUT THIS FROM A DISTANT RELATIVE AS WE ARE BOTH RESEARCHING THE HAMILTONS AND KIRKLANDS OF SORN AND CATRINE

 76 Tuesday 11/07/2000 8:48:49pm
Name: Micthell Stojsavljevic
E-Mail: Stoy@btinternet.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Lycos
Location: Nuneaton
Comments: Hi all,thanks for all the great childhood memories that came flooding back during and after viewing all of the great photos that you have collated. I was brought up in Catrine from 1953-1964. I am sure I swam or played in the river as seen in the Black-Horse photo ? was there a big house really close to it...seemed big to me in those days. Is anyone there interested in corresponding to an old 47 year old ? Keep up this great work it made my day....

 77 Friday 11/10/2000 10:31:10pm
Name: Derek Thom
E-Mail: dmtjc@netscapeonline.co.uk
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed On In
Location: Wolverhampton,West Midlands
Comments: Although my THOM family originate in the Coylton and Dalrymple area I found what I have managed to see so far very interesting. Any chance you could get groups started in other areas of Ayrshire? The project might be able to get help from High Schools or New Deal initiatives - just a thought. Well done to all concerned!

 78 Thursday 11/30/2000 6:30:29am
Name: Fiona Garton (nee Rorison)
E-Mail: fionaga@lineone.net
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Friend
Location: Nottingham, England 
Comments: Tracing the family tree, can anyone help!!! My Great Great Grandmother Mary Steel Wilson lived and married at Holehouse Farm, is this the same place as the mill? I had been told it is now a ruin. The following names are recorded in our history. Alexander Peden, Margaret Kirkland, Jean Peden, Robert Steel, Mary Steel, James Wilson, Mary Steel Wilson, James Rorison, Isabella Murray...My Father was Peden Murray Rorison, his uncle Alexander Peden Rorison. He also had a great uncle with the same name...I would be very interested to hear from anyone with information in our search. Thank you...... 

 79 Tuesday 12/05/2000 6:57:32am
Name: Lena Morris
E-Mail: dnnl519dnnls@icqmail.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Friend
Location: Ohio
Comments: Ken, this is very impressive a wonderful job you have done with this website a contribute to everyone by the looks of it both young and old. A new friend Lena from Ohio

 80 Wednesday 12/06/2000 3:02:54pm
Name: Jim Johnstone
E-Mail: jimjohnstone@netlineuk.net
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed In
Location: Cumnock
Comments: Just browsing and I stumbled on this site. Would be interested in finding out dates for post cards I have. If anyone can help please E-mail.

 81 Wednesday 12/20/2000 7:02:45pm
Name: Richard Martin Hall
E-Mail: r.m.hall@btinternet.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Search Engine
Location:
Comments: How are you all,
My grandfather & family stayed in Sorn before moving to New Cumnock. Fathers name Richard, Grandfathers name Richard, quit a large family.
Does any one know where Paddy Waddles was?
Brilliant Site
Ex Ayrshire if that can be possible.

 82 Thursday 12/21/2000 9:05:18pm
Name: Leonie Malins
E-Mail: android@1earth.net
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed In
Location: Wollongong, Australia
Comments: Hi to everyone!
A great site for those of us with roots in Sorn. My ancestors Hugh McLauchlan and Mary Beggs were married in Sorn in 1840 and came to Australia that same year. 

 83 Friday 12/22/2000 4:04:21pm
Name: kevin r brown
E-Mail: 11 corserine bank,Bourtreehill, Irvine 
Homepage Title: catrine homepage
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed In
Location: catrine now irvine
Comments: I found this wonderful site of home! while working in Sweden.It was great showing the swedes our great small village & they thought it was brill.Now i have my parents(janette & ian) hooked on the same site & they have been passing on the address to others.Would love to see some more present day photos.I have a few photos of Newton St,Home Farm Rd & The Parish Church taken a few years ago in beautiful deep snow in black & white. aw'ra'best.Big Kev (no e-mail,borrow computer from Pa cos e pays the bills) 

 84 Monday 12/25/2000 9:21:48am
Name: dawn
E-Mail: dawn@arowley.freeserve.co.uk
Homepage Title: mauchline
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Search Engine
Location:
Comments: just wondering if anyone can remember my mum Ann Mellon daughter of thomas and elizabeth mellon . Mum would have been 59 years old, thanks dawn rowley

 85 Tuesday 12/26/2000 11:52:36am
Name: dawn rowley
E-Mail: dawn@arowley.freeserve.co.uk
Homepage Title: my mum ann melon
Homepage URL:
Referred By: E-Mail
Location: staffs
Comments: great page, still no reply does anyone remember my mum ann mellon, sister of katie , margaret, tommy, betty nancy, daughter of elizabeth and thomas, mum talked of a tommy brown she used too play with, she had many happy memories of her childhood in scotland, she also talked of aplane crash late 40s perhaps, please email me at dawn@arowley.freeserve.co.uk many thanks dawn

 86 Sunday 12/31/2000 10:56:40am
Name: craig mcgarry
E-Mail: jsewing@onmail.co.uk
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: catrine
Comments: great to see the place as it used to be. the village has changed but the people are still the same

 87 Monday 01/01/2001 11:06:02pm
Name: ncola mccnnachie
E-Mail: jlsewing
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: catrine
Comments: good site. I'm tring to find a friend who lived in auchinleck around 1992-93(i think) and went to auchinleck academy. she moved when she was around 13-14(i think) she lived in barbiston road. 

 88 Friday 01/05/2001 2:42:05pm
Name: Edith Harvey (nee Shaw)
E-Mail: cowspotuk@yahoo.co.uk
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: Brentford, Middlesex
Comments: Looked at the photos again. Remember the building of the dam at the back of yours. Would love to see other familiar faces of our era. Would love to hear from any old pals.

 89 Saturday 01/06/2001 6:21:33pm
Name: Robert Steele
E-Mail: rab@catrine.fsnet.co.uk
Homepage Title: Catrine House
Homepage URL: http://homepages.tesco.net/~rabsteele/index.htm
Referred By: Friend
Location: Catrine
Comments: Hi Kenny,
Just tuned in again to find you've updated your site. Great stuff. Keep the ayrshire villages on the map.
regards,
Rab.

 90 Sunday 01/07/2001 2:35:02pm
Name: Leanne Ewing (McConnachie)
E-Mail: jlsewing@onmail.co.uk.
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: Inverness
Comments: I'm now currently living in Inverness and am keen to hear from any one living in the same area that used to live in Catrine.
If there is anyone out there drop me a line NO TIME WASTERS.

 91 Tuesday 01/09/2001 11:18:27am
Name: Nadine Corbett Thomas
E-Mail: ncthomas@santeecooper.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: South Carolina, USA
Comments: Hello, My Aunt recommended this site and it was nice to look at all the old photos. My gran, Elizabeth Harrison was from Sorn and is buried in the wee graveyard there. I am originally from Auchinleck but moved to South Carolina in 1997. 

Keep up the good work!


 92 Wednesday 01/17/2001 2:50:46pm
Name: dawn
E-Mail: dawn@arowley.freeserve.co.uk
Homepage Title: ann or hannah melon
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed In
Location: staffs
Comments: great page still hoping someone can remember my mum ann or hannah mellon born at her grandmothers house in catrine mill street, then moved too mauchline, daughter of thomas and elizabeth mellon, around 1941 to 1950 mum sadly died in september 29th 2000, its very important i trace her routes she was 59 years old. please someone can you help

 93 Thursday 01/18/2001 6:19:59am
Name: John Seaton
E-Mail: john.seaton@hyper.net.nz
Homepage Title: Seaton Family Tree
Homepage URL: http://home.hyper.net.nz/john.seaton/seaton.htm
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Comments: Looking for information about the Seatons in Sorn and Catrine around 1800.
My GG Grandfather was James Seaton born 1822 son of Robert Seaton and Marion Reid. 

Nice site!


 94 Monday 01/22/2001 8:31:47pm
Name: Louise Milligan
E-Mail: loumilligan@hotmail.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Search Engine
Location:
Comments: Hi, 
I'm a journalist from Melbourne, 
Australia (but I spent my childhood years in Irvine and Kilwinning). My Dad is from Irvine, but his father grew up around Hayside, near Crosshouse when the mines still operated in that area. I'm trying to find photographs of people from that time and/or the Cook Bridge in Hayside. If you have any, or know where I can get any, I'd much appreciate it.

Cheers,

Louise Milligan.


 95 Tuesday 01/23/2001 3:16:10pm
Name: Andy Caldow
E-Mail: andy@handy35.freeserve.co.uk
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Search Engine
Location:
Comments: Please ignore earlier email address.
I have just started to look into my family history and I find that quite a few relatives originate from around Sorn, Muirkirk area. Does anyone have any further information? if so could you please e-mail me. 

 96 Thursday 01/25/2001 9:48:28pm
Name: Aby Bain
E-Mail: southfergushill@excite.co.uk
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Friend
Location: ex Glenbuck and Muirkirk
Comments:

 97 Monday 01/29/2001 10:52:39am
Name: Carolanne McNair
E-Mail: chat901@hotmail.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed In
Location:
Comments: Good page and full of lots of good information. Will be showing all my friends and asking them to surf this site. 
THANKS

 98 Saturday 02/03/2001 5:38:49pm
Name: anne molloy-vickers
E-Mail: afmv@hotmail.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed In
Location: Canada
Comments: My great great grandmother use to own Poosie Nansie's. Her name was Mary Logan. I'm not sure what her husband's first name was. They had a son called James Frances Logan he was born (Mar 1st 1882)in the Inn. He is my great grandfather. The picture (bottom left) on the web site is my great great grandmother (pink dress) and the little boy in the white suite is my great grandfather. If anyone has any more information on the Logan's please e-mail me.

 99 Monday 02/05/2001 3:46:01pm
Name: Kenny Baird
E-Mail: kenny@bairdscot.softnet.co.uk
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed In
Location: Sorn Ayrshire
Comments: If anyone wants to contact me or any of us involved in Sornweb direct, there is a contact e mail address on the home page. I don't seem to be able to access the private entries, so please contact me direct. Thank you to everybody for the support

 100 Thursday 02/08/2001 9:09:47pm
Name: Tommy Harrison
E-Mail: ThomasHarrison@condorrat.freeserve.co.uk
Homepage Title: Gorbals
Homepage URL: http://www.condorrat.freeserve.co.uk
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: Glasgow
Comments: I am looking for any Harrison's who originally came from Ireland Co.Sligo around 1860's and settled in West of Scotland

 101 Tuesday 02/13/2001 4:26:19pm
Name: Debbie Murray
E-Mail: debbie@pmathieson.fsnet.co.uk
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Friend
Location: Muirkirk / Mauchline
Comments: This is a really good site, my grampa is Nally who provided some of the Muirkirk photos. I have found messages written by family and friends and have e-mailed them as a result. I will definitely be showing this site to others.

 102 Monday 02/19/2001 4:52:38pm
Name: Billy Clark
E-Mail: Tuppence@BTinternet.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Friend
Location: Dunoon
Comments: Does anyone remember the Gates & Farrells from Sorn. They moved from Sorn to Mauchline around 1950. 

 103 Monday 02/19/2001 5:01:43pm
Name: Alison Clark (nee McDowall)
E-Mail: Tupence @ BTinternet .com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Friend
Location: Innellan
Comments: I am searching for any information on
Robert Allison, Sarah Johnston from Glenbuck (Muirkirk). 

 104 Thursday 03/08/2001 10:32:52pm
Name: Joy Davies
E-Mail: fossilhunter45@hotmail.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: Fort St. John, B.C. Canada
Comments: Came across your great site and really enjoyed it. While here I wish to mention that my ancestors were at Muirkirk, as follows: David Anderson m. Helen Moffatt Sept 15,1837, Muirkirk. Their children: David Anderson b. May 31,1853, Muirkirk---Hugh Anderson b.Sept 20,1851, Muirkirk---Gavin Anderson b. Aug 11,1855, Muirkirk---William Anderson b. May 19,1843,---James Anderson b. Oct 19,1849---Jane Moffatt Anderson b. Apr 02,1838---Agnes Kirkland Anderson b. Nov 04,1839. If anyone else is researching the surnames of Anderson, Kirkland and Moffatt and recognizes a possible link with these, please contact me, or if you know anything that can help me research these individuals further. Much appreciated. 

 105 Sunday 03/04/2001 3:08:12pm
Name: Janet Smith
E-Mail: jmc.smith@britishlibrary.net
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed In
Location:
Comments: My 3xgreat-grandparents, James Callan and Grizel Whyte, moved from Crawfordjohn to West Glenbuck Farm about 1798. The Callans farmed there till the 1880s. My granny, Janet Callan, was born in 1876. In 1900 she married Thomas Nelson from Crawfordjohn. I would interested to hear from anyone who is researching these Callans, or any other Callans in the surrounding area.

 106 Tuesday 03/13/2001 4:08:20pm
Name: Dorothy McCool (Begg)
E-Mail: jmccool@attcanada.ca
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: Toronto Canada
Comments: A great site!
Do you know of anyone taught at Catrine Public School by Miss Kate Begg (about 1910-1950)?

 107 Sunday 03/18/2001 3:43:27pm
Name: Robert dempster elder
E-Mail: elder59@freeserve.co.uk
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: Kilmarnock
Comments: I was born in the village of sorn on the 1st April 1939. I like your website and I will be visiting more often.
Thanks

 108 Sunday 03/18/2001 8:51:45pm
Name: Dick Harrison
E-Mail: dickharrison@webtv.net
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: Kalamazoo, MI - USA
Comments:
I am a Catrine native as were my fathers before me. I was born in 1930 and was raised in Catrine. I left Catrine in 1967 for the USA. I knew or my parents knew just about the whole village. I'd love to hear from some of my contemporaries or from anyone looking for information about Catrine during those times.

Dick Harrison - Dickie


 109 Tuesday 03/20/2001 7:13:46pm
Name: John Gilley
E-Mail: Mg1908@aol.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed In
Location: Flossmoor, Illinois U.S.A.
Comments: You are to be congratulated on a very nice website. It is important that people, such as you, take the time to preserve local history. Information such as this effects the lives and hearts of many people all over the world. Last autumn my family visited the village of Catrine and found it to be beautiful as well as the surrounding countryside. We visited it because it was the birthplace of my Grandfather. His name was John Cameron Smith. He was born in 1892 and attended the Congregational Church in Catrine. In about 1910 he and his family moved to Glasgow, but he always considered Catrine to be his family home. He served with distinction in the Royal Navy during World War I and afterward immigrated with my Grandmother to the U.S. While I was growing up, he told us often about his childhood on a farm in or near Catrine. He would also tell us stories about how in the past his ancestors were forced to worship outside in the surrounding hills because of religious persecution. I believe he may have been talking about the Covenanters. Unfortunately, we did not have much time at all to spend in Catrine and like so many others, I would like to ask anyone out there for any family information they might have on John Cameron Smith. I believe that both his Father and Grandfather were also name John Cameron Smith or just John Smith. His Mothers name was Jean Muir, also I believe of Catrine. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to contact me at this e-mail address. Thank you. 

 110 Friday 03/23/2001 9:40:12am
Name: JOHN MCILVEAN
E-Mail: johnmcilvean@aol.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:  
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: Catrine
Comments: Congratulations to Sandy and yourself for your excellent demonstration of your computer skills at the local History Group last night. Thank you for giving me your website address which I have accessed and browsed with great interest.

 111 Sunday 03/25/2001 7:26:08am
Name: Libby Piper
E-Mail: libbypiper@waitrose.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:  
Referred By: Just Surfed In
Location: West Sussex, England
Comments: Am searching for family tree info on Thomas Caldwell born c1839 at Annandale Farm and birth registered at Catrine. Great to see historial maps and photos of the area. Many thanks

 112 Monday 04/09/2001 11:23:28am
Name: Jan Robinson
E-Mail: janice.robinson@home.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:  
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: Alberta, Canada
Comments: My grandmother, ISABELLA Cuthbert Davidson McKie LEES was born in Mauchline at Slatehole Cottage Nov. 29, 1892. Her mother JANET LEES was a farm servant (born Oct. 18, 1865) in Auchinleck) and gave birth to her daughter out of wedlock (illegitimate).

I have been looking for photos of the cottages where people lived in Mauchline, specifically Slatehole Cottage.

Since Janet Lees gave her daughter, Isabella up for adoption, I have not been able to locate either a marriage certificate or death certificate for Janet Lees. I have located Janet Lees in the 1891 census working at Craigencroy, Maybole Parish.

If anyone makes a connection here, I would appreciate hearing from the.

Thanks.

 113 Friday 04/27/2001 4:08:40pm
Name: Christine Kennedy (Gibson)
E-Mail: southcrichie@btinternet.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:  
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: Aberdeenshire
Comments: just found this and cannot even read about my family or heritage as I have heard my father was in the photo gallery. Surely this could be funded by the community council or visitscotland.com

 114 Wednesday 05/09/2001 6:07:09am
Name: Robert Steele
E-Mail: rab@catrine.fsnet.co.uk
Homepage Title: Catrine House
Homepage URL: http://www.rabs.co.uk
Referred By: Just Surfed In
Location: Catrine
Comments: Come on Kenny where are all the pictures. This is the best site in East Ayrshire and could do more to promote local tourism than the whole of East Ayrshire councils efforts could ever muster. I'm sure something will get sorted out.

 115 Friday 05/11/2001 8:54:51am
Name: Sandy McFadyean
E-Mail: smcfadyean2@tinyonline.co.uk
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:  
Referred By: Just Surfed In
Location: Catrine
Comments: Kenny, Iím very surprised to see that Sornweb has been taken offline. I had assumed that the site would be a permanent feature, especially since it was hosted by a local authority server.

For the past three years Sornweb has been the best online resource for finding local Ayrshire history on the internet. I know there are many other excellent local sites, and there are also some statistical sites, like the one created by Edinburgh University. Their are also a great many sites which would cover specific historical themes or subjects throughout Scotland. But I have yet to find a local website which covers such a comprehensive range of topics pertaining to the history of Ayrshire parishes.

I am also shocked to see that South Ayrshire Council have removed the site, rather than encourage it and similar sites to come under the same umbrella to create an exhaustive Ayrshire archive online. 

Perhaps this action will encourage, rather than deter you from continuing to serve the global community by finding a new host and continuing with this worthwhile project.

 116 Monday 05/14/2001 5:45:11pm
Name: Janet Smith
E-Mail: jmc.smith@britishlibrary.net
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:  
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: Perth
Comments: Devastated to find that your excellent site is no longer on-line. What a loss after all the hard work that had obviously been put into it. The pictures and information were excellent.

I believe that some Family History Societies have been contacted by the Scottish Assembly. Seemingly genealogy is the new growth industry. In that case there surely must be support somewhere to keep your site on-line.

As secretary of Tay Valley Family History Society I found that many of our enquiries came by e-mail, so people out there obviously make use of their computers. My granny was born at West Glenbuck farm where the Callans had farmed since the 1790s. I was over the moon when I came across the pictures of Sorn, Glenbuck, etc. Surely other people shouldn't be denied the joy of finding them.

As East Ayrshire is an area from which a great deal of industry has disappeared it is surely imperative that some means of encouraging people to come and spend their money is found. A site such as the Sorn one does just that. It lets people who are interested in the area, but have never visited, see what it is like. Having seen the pictures I am sure that many will be encouraged to come to see the real thing.

Thanks for all your hard work. Good luck in finding a new site provider. Hope to find you up and running again soon.

 117 Sunday 05/27/2001 8:41:11am
Name: Kenny Baird
E-Mail: kenny@bairdscot.softnet.co.uk
Homepage Title: ayrshirehistory.com
Homepage URL: http://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/sornweb/history.htm
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: Sorn Ayrshire
Comments: I have had trouble accessing private guest book signatures. Please send personal e mails to my home e mail address.

I would like to express my thanks for the support shown to Sornweb/ ayrshirehistory.com since we have been taken off line by South Ayrshire Council, amid claims of a shortage of server space!! We are currently in talks with two other separate sources, both of whom have agreed to host the site. As yet though, neither are on line, but I am hopeful for a fast reinstatement.

There will be an update and link on the skeleton South Ayrshire site, as soon as the new host URL is known.

All signatures of this guestbook are very welcome, and are being used to lobby local authorities for assistance. I find it sad that politics can get in the way of a worthwhile archive, which is certainly the largest digital archive in Ayrshire.

Thank you all again, and keep checking the home pages for the latest developments.

Kenny Baird

 118 Sunday 05/27/2001 10:24:13pm
Name: Elizabeth Wood
E-Mail: Thewoods@lynchburg.net
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:  
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: Virginia USA
Comments: To whatever authorities this concerns - Please continue to support this site ! As a first-generation American whose whole family hails from Ayrshire I am in need of all available websites pertaining to Ayrshire and its history. They provide invaluable information to me since I have little resources available to me about this Scottish region here in US. I have just discovered this site and would love an opportunity to use it ! Thank You

 119 Thursday 06/14/2001 4:06:06pm
Name: Peter Bolton
E-Mail: peter@haeremai.co.uk
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:  
Referred By: E-Mail
Location: Preston. lancs uk
Comments: Thanks to willy for notifying me about the site. thanks to Ayrshire or whomever for reinstating this most useful of web sites. I am now starting to see the benefits of using a computer and being on "line".

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Friday 06/15/2001 10:41:20am
Name: Jan Robinson
E-Mail: janice.robinson@home.com
Homepage Title: Robinson & Maliszewski Album
Homepage URL: http://homepage.mac.com/janrobinson1/
Referred By: Friend
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Comments: Thank goodness you are back on line! What a delight to take a look at all of the photos and garner more historical information of our ancestors.

 121 Friday 06/15/2001 2:37:30pm
Name: Catherine Madina
E-Mail: xhu81@dial.pipex.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:  
Referred By: Friend
Location:
Comments: Wonderful! It's great to see this site for all of us who live far from Scotland and are researching our Trees.
Thank you

 122 Friday 06/15/2001 7:27:03pm
Name: Marion Robertson Green
E-Mail: marion_green@yahoo.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:  
Referred By: Just Surfed In
Location: Dumfries
Comments: Enjoyed thoroughly the old photographs of Sorn and Catrine. I spent most of my school holidays at the A.M. Brown Institute, Catrine where my grandmother was caretaker. My ancestors lived in Sorn - Thomsons, McKnights, Smiths. I have a group photograph circa 1868 of the family at Sorn taken before a daughter left for Canada.

 123 Friday 06/15/2001 8:06:27pm
Name: Vina (Wilson) Urquhart
E-Mail: lavinau@aol.com
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:  
Referred By: E-Mail
Location: Troy NY USA
Comments: I'm so glad you are back. I was stunned that such a rich, high quality, historically relevant website was off line. As a result of signing the guestbook on the old site I heard from friends of my childhood (Catrine School and Cumnock Academy). Nice to be able to visit again. Thanks to all the generous people who share so freely the photos etc from their family archives. Put the kettle on for a wee cuppa!

 124 Saturday 06/16/2001 1:46:05am
Name: Leonie Malins
E-Mail: android@1earth.net
Homepage Title:
Homepage URL:  
Referred By: Friend
Location: Wollongong, Australia
Comments: The site is better than ever!
I would love to hear from anyone with information about my ggggrandparents, Charles and Elizabeth McLauchlan and their children: John, Elizabeth Clark, Hugh, Margaret Killin, Mary Kelly, Susannah Jamieson and Charlotte Lucas. They all lived in Sorn/Catrine in the first half of the 1800s. The children eventually moved to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Thank you.

 125 Tuesday 06/19/2001 0:32:32am
Name: Bonnie J. Sell
E-Mail: BonnieSell@prodigy.net
Homepage Title: na
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Search Engine
Location: LaMirada, California, USA
Comments: Many of my ancestors were from Sorn and Mauchline. I saw your URL on the Ayrshire Rootsweb List.

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Monday 07/09/2001 2:00:06pm
Name: Tom Allardyce
E-Mail: tom@mauchline-online.com
Homepage Title:  
Homepage URL: http://www.tomallardyce.freeserve.co.uk
Referred By: Friend
Location: Mauchline
Comments: Great site Kenny and thanks for the support for our project!

Tom Allardyce (Mauchline Spiders - www.mauchline-online.com - Coming soon!)

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Monday 07/16/2001 5:10:08pm
Name: Rev. Brock Saunders
E-Mail: r.brock.saunders@sympatico.ca
Homepage Title:  
Homepage URL:
Referred By: E-Mail
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Comments: Most interesting to me as I am the son of Jessie (Drummond) Saunders (d. William Drummond of Bogwood)

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Thursday 07/19/2001 1:45:46am
Name: sherry freed
E-Mail: scotties686@cs.com
Homepage Title:  
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Search Engine
Location:  
Comments: My grandfather, Alexander Brown, immigrated from Scotland to the United States in 1910. According to immigration records his family came from Catrine. Eighty years later I married a man from Troon. Small world, isn't it? I have found this sight fascinating.

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Friday 08/03/2001 3:48:30pm
Name: Fiona McKinnon
E-Mail:
Homepage Title:  
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Friend
Location: Catrine
Comments: Great site Kenny.I can see my hoose on St Germain Street. Keep up the hard work! LOVE IT!!!

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Monday 08/13/2001 7:28:14pm
Name: Ken Dunlop
E-Mail: kendunlop@aol.com
Homepage Title:  
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Just Surfed In
Location: Auchterarder
Comments: Brilliant web site and great to see photos of the old days. I tememeber the mill fire and the floods. Would be good to hear from anyone who attended Catrine Primary 1960-66 or Cumnock Academy 1967. My father was the local "bobby" so I'm sure many will remember him.

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Tuesday 08/14/2001 0:07:56am
Name: Rhonda Lucas
E-Mail: aussierhonda@hotmail.com
Homepage Title: Aussie Rhonda's Genealogy
Homepage URL: http://www.geocities.com/leesdream9/
Referred By: Friend
Location: Gold Coast, Qld, Aus
Comments: What a fantasic site, well done and thank you

Living in Australia and tracing my family to Sorn, Catrine & Mauchline has been fun, but to find a site that has photo's and histories to make me feel as though I am there is unbelievable!

My GG Grandparents came to Australia in 1885 on the Gulf of Venice. They were William LUCAS & Mary Jane YOUNG. William was born at Sorn in 1855 to Andrew LUCAS & Charlotte McLAUCHLAN. As far as I have ascertained so far two of William's brothers came down here as well. James b.1866 came on the Gulf of Venice with them and Daniel, the eldest born in 1849 came down earlier around 1880.
Andrew's parents were Daniel LUCAS and Agnes PATON.

From the guest book I have found a link on Charlottes line, YIPPEE. Leonie Malins if you read this please contact.

So, please keep up the good work.

If any name ring bells for you please visit my pages for Lineages!

To Peter Bolton, another cousin recently found, thank you for referring me to this site and bringing Scotland alive for me!

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Wednesday 08/29/2001 4:40:29pm
Name: Alistair McClure
E-Mail: Wendy@woodsidefarmhouse.freeserve.co.uk
Homepage Title:  
Homepage URL: http://www.woodsidefarmhouse.com
Referred By: Friend
Location: Coylton
Comments: Magic Kenny, the site works really well and is super fast, are you putting on more picture for sorn in the 80s 90s? Speak to you soon

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Saturday 09/15/2001 5:04:40pm
Name: Robert Laurie
E-Mail: robert.laurie@bl.uk
Homepage Title:  
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Search Engine
Location:  
Comments: Well done, an remarkable site, but could have done with a little more annotation of the illustrations.

Comment from AH.COM (It all takes time, and I may add this site is voluntary unfortunately, ie work done in spare time!!)

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Monday 10/08/2001 2:12:05am
Name: Sandra and Alan Winchcombe
E-Mail: samm@bigpond.net.au
Homepage Title:  
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Friend
Location: Furnace Road, MUIRKIRK
Comments: Maureen and Nally Murray. Thanks folks for sending the disc.,worked beaut and brought back those memories we would never had but for you both. And to you Kenny, great site which does justice to that lovely part of the world so many of us owe our existence to.

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Saturday 11/03/2001 11:36:38pm
Name: BRIAN JAMES RORISON
E-Mail: brianureds@hotmail.com
Homepage Title:  
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Friend
Location: nottingham england
Comments: very interesting site ,great history also. elsewhere my sister fiona garton has left a message our father war PEDEN MURRAY RORISON born march 1927 at lower farthing bank ,thornhill..his grand father JAMES RORISON , lived and worked on the drumlandrigg estate, later he lived at BACK O'HILL FARM OCHILTREE,where until recently our relative ROBIN GRIERSON lived,we would love to hear from friends or relatives to assist us with our family tree
many thanks BRIAN RORISON

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Monday 11/26/2001 6:15:29am
Name: Leif Wanhaniemi
E-Mail: leif.wanhaniemi@spray.se
Homepage Title:  
Homepage URL:
Referred By: Friend
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Comments: I was fortunate enough to live in Sorn for a year. The village became my home, sort of the first place I could call that, after spending my whole life travelling the world. Unfortunately, sometime you have to leave home, but I hope to be able to return. I miss the village itself, all the friendly people,(some of whom I now call my best friends ), and Sorn Inn of course.
Kenny, many thanks for putting up this site, gives me the chance to visit Sorn as often as I like, in a way.
Stay well everybody.
Leif

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