A brief history of travel and (the old) Brodick pier

With the summer tourist season coming to a close, and in the context of the demolition of the old pier, Arran resident Jim Henderson has written an historical account of travel to Arran. Information taken from Arran population census 1961 3700, 1971 3564, 1991 4474. The ‘Comet’ was launched in 1812, and within 10 years, …

An Ormidale Tale

As a new chapter of the Scotland’s Year of Stories was announced last month, here is a lovely piece of Arran history from the Ayrshire Heritage and Cultural Services Facebook page on 21st June. The Ormidale hotel was built for the painter George Edwards Hering in the 1850s. On this day….in 1846, Marion Adams-Acton was …

Sannox and the Macmillans

By David Pott In a secluded spot on the Isle of Arran stands an attractive church which has a strong Macmillan association and which this year celebrates its 200th anniversary. Sannox Congregational Church was built in 1822, but its history prior to the building of the church itself is a particularly fascinating one… In 1800 …

Robert the Bruce 1st of Scotland – part 4

At the end of Part 3, Robert the Bruce arrived at Turnberry Castle in Ayrshire, where the group met up with James Douglas, just south of the Castle area, who gave news of the English occupation. Robert rallied his troops and with his knowledge of the area and of the strengths and weaknesses of the …

Robert de Brus 1st of Scotland – part three

At the end of part two of Jim Henderson’s account, we heard that during the later part of January 1307, two of Robert de Brus’ staunchest supporters arrived in Rathlin to join him. Sir Robert Boyd and Sir James Lord Douglas then volunteered to sail with 20 men to investigate the strength of the English …

Malvina’s Grave and Ossian’s Arran – part two

In last month’s Voice for Arran we published the first part of a talk by Charles Currie that he gave at the Arran Saltire Society’s meeting on 23rd February 2022. Over the years as a young boy going on holiday to Drumadoon farm, Charles remembers the family calling the group of stones at the foot …

Malvina’s Grave and Ossian’s Arran

A talk by Charles Currie given at the Arran Saltire Society’s meeting on 23rd February 2022, published in two parts in the Voice – Charles Currie, farmed Drumadoon Farm from 1972 until 1988, succeeding his Grandfather and Great grandfather, both James Currie. Featured image shows Malvina’s grave with Drumadoon beyond. Photo credit: Charles Currie. Over …

Robert de Brus 1st of Scotland part two

The Brus Confrontation with John III Comyn by Jim Henderson The law of tanistry permitted both Comyn and Robert to lay claim to the vacant throne of Scotland. On the 10th February 1306 a meeting was arranged between the two men in the grounds of Greyfriars church Dumfries that resulted in an argument contesting the …

Robert de Brus 1st of Scotland

By Jim Henderson. Featured image shows the King’s Cave near Blackwaterfoot. Part One – Early history of the Brus family Sir Robert de Brus, 7th Lord of Annandale and King of Scotland from 1307 – 1329 The story of Bruce and the King’s Cave is now legendary and is a major tourist attraction in Arran. …

The Mythical Arran

Extracts taken from Chapter 1 – Early Arran I – The Mythical Arran It is the island of Arran that lifts the Firth of Clyde into grandeur. Southward on one side stretches the humble plateau of Kintyre, monotonous and featureless in its regularity, while on the other the withdrawing Ayrshire coast contributes neither impressiveness nor …