I think that I was told some years ago, that a number of "Irish" found work
at the Chemical Factory at Stevenson, but I can't recall the time. Think it
was mid 1800's and may even have been at the time of the Potato Famine in
However, your message suggests that your family came earlier. So the Coal
mines may have been employing Irish miners to replace those miners that were
recruited to go overseas.
So it may be worth contacting both the North Ayrshire and East Ayrshire
Local Studies Libraries to see if there are any records available for the
Coal mining Industry.
You have not said where your John Crawford and Sarah Cowan were married -
Ayrshire or Ireland? So would those records help you, as they may say that
came form a specific area or County of Ireland to help get you started.
With his name of Crawford, I would 'SUSPECT' that you are looking at Ulster,
but that is still 9 counties to look at - still quite a big task. And as
Crawford is an Old Ayrshire name, I would suspect that they were
Presbyterian in religion. so are there any of the Presbyterian churches
records for Kilmarnock that are worth looking at to see he brought an letter
from Ireland to Kilmarnock to transfer his Church membership.
From: elizabeth gibson
Sent: Friday, August 23, 2019 5:51 AM
Subject: [AYR] Irish immigrants
Does anybody know of books or documents that deal with Irish immigrants that
settled in Ayrshire? My gggrandfather, John Crawford, left Ireland and
settled in Kilmarnock in the early 1800's. He met and married Sarah Cowan
who was also born in Ireland. I can find nothing on when or where either was
born or when they came to Scotland. nny help would be much appreciated!
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