PRESERVING THE PAST . . . . FOR THE FUTURE
Mining in Ayrshire was never the specialist subject of the writer, but over the years, a number of photos and articles have come to the archives here. Below, an index of material to hand.
THE CLAY MINE, Langside, Galston.
The poem below is written about the auld mine that sat below Langside Farm, Galston. Driving up the Killochead / Wynds road, you come to Alwyn. The track to the left at Alwyn took you down to the "Cli" mine. (Clay mine). The source of the poem has long since been forgotton, and sadly in all the family photos from the Baird's and Forbes' that lived at Alwyn, there is not a signle shot even with the Clay Mine in the background.
In the writers time, it is recalled that "Granny Baird" used to tell us as boys that there were two giants living there. Obviously to discourage us from snooping about the place.
THE CLAY MINE
have heard about this Clay mine
leave the yard at 7 am
Crookedholm then Hurlford town
on we go through Cessnock Woods
clay is howked at Langside Mine
I am passing Crosshands school
jack it up and work away
land down at the Garrochburn
got back up to Langside Mine