This map shows the southern and eastern parts of Ayrshire, which takes in the parishes of Old Cumnock, Ayr, Straiton, and Dalrymple. As with North Ayrshire, many of our maternal ancestors from both sides had long connections with this region, particularly the town of Cumnock. At various times, Cumnock was home to the McKay and Brown families on my side, and the Ferguson and McKerrow families on Robyn’s side. The Ferguson family left Cumnock for Queensland in 1861, just as the McKay and Brown families arrived. The McKay/Brown branch eventually moved to the coalfields of North Ayrshire, and later to Lanarkshire.


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