Thank you very much for these directions.
And from your directions, I was able to find them both on map
“https://maps.nls.uk/view/74425810” – just near the railway line.
It is interesting that East Liffnock is near Holmes as I have seen that name with regard
to a Boyd family.
Thank you very much for pin pointing this location for me.
I assume that this is Campbell Lands, so that will begin another puzzle.
I will forward your advise to the Clanboyd Net list, so that any future Boyd researchers
came find both Liffnock and Holmes.
I am not quite sure when I will be in Scotland next, as I have just started to plan a trip
to the USA in late May and June, so it may be 2021 before I can visit Edinburgh and buy a
large dram for you.
From: Kay Williams
Sent: Sunday, November 10, 2019 8:33 AM
To: Mike Boyd
Subject: RE: [AYR] Hearth tax records are online
The links I have suggested are to websites provided by official organisations funded by
the Scottish public purse, so I am a bit surprised they are apparently unavailable to you
in Australia. I find them to be excellent websites.
There are a few options available to you. You can copy and paste the urls into your
browser, try a different browser or simply use keywords in a search engine.
Keywords: Scotland’s Places hearth tax
Keywords: National Library of Scotland Ordnance Survey maps
The specific map I suggested, which shows Liffnock and East Liffnock, is Ayrshire, Sheet
XXIII, Survey date: 1857, Publication date: 1860 [NLS maps OS six-inch 1st edition].
In this case Liffnock and East Liffnock lay between Hurlford and Galston in the mid
nineteenth century. They haven’t been urbanised but may have been affected by the
development of the former railway (branch line from Kilmarnock to Darvel).
Liffnock is now known as Liffnock Yard and is just south of Knowehead farm neighbouring
the south side of the former railway line which is now the Chris Hoy cycle path [OS Grid
ref: NS 472 360]. The yard can be clearly seen on aerial images and has some industrial
units (Bing and Google).
East Liffnock was south of Holmes on the north side of the former railway directly north
of Low Ashyard [OS Grid ref: NS 475 361]. I’ve looked on aerial images and there is no
trace of it now.
These OS grid references have been generated by the official Ordnance Survey website
The NLS digital version of the Roy Military Survey of Scotland 1747-1755 (Lowlands) shows
Liffnock and Knowhead marked quite clearly, but Holmes is not.
I hope you appreciate my giving up an hour of my time on a Saturday evening to clarify
this for you.
Best wishes, Kay
Dr JK Williams
From: Mike Boyd
Sent: 09 November 2019 20:50
Subject: Re: [AYR] Hearth tax records are online
I have tried to use your websites, but with no luck. Very poor operator!!
I do have the Explorer 333 & 334 paper maps which I can navigate quite well.
I suspect that Liffnock may now be a part of Hurlford village.
Can you give me some map references please.
From: Kay Williams
Sent: Saturday, November 9, 2019 7:17 PM
Subject: [AYR] Hearth tax records are online
The Hearth Tax records are online at Scotland's Places, a government site:
Mike – Lisnock may be Liffnock, a farm near Hurlford; see the NLS online
historic OS maps https://maps.nls.uk/os/
Searching for Riccarton I found Liffnock on this map (to the east of
I’m sure a local could tell you how it is pronounced now (f or long s).
Best wishes, Kay
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