A mention of the name John Taylor Gibb
in the Mauchline area among many, may be met by blank faces. Yet,
because of the work of this now little known Mauchline man in the
late 1800s and early 1900s, we have an insight into village life over
a hundred years ago. Many may have seen the book, “Mauchline
Town And District” published in 1911, which is a historic
look at Mauchline and district from this time. Throughout the book,
Gibb includes a large selection of photographs.
JTG's relative Willie Lyle of Mauchline still owns the original negatives
to most of these images. They are to be seen here extensively in the
on line slideshow, and elsewhere.
In and American publication, “A BURNS HANDBOOK” by John
D Ross 1931, the following text is included before the contents pages.
Inscribed to Mr J Taylor Gibb FSA (Scot)
A native and lifelong resident of Mauchline;
Author of Mauchline Town & District etc;
A distinguished Burns scholar,
critic, and lecturer, & for many years a
vice President of the Burns federation.