Below is a leter I wrote to the CLANBOYD-L Group in October 1998 on places
in Scotland and England what were of signifance to Clan Boyd members.
32 Wadley Street
MacGregor QLD 4109
16 October 1998
PLACES TO VISIT IN SCOTLAND
For some time now I thought it might be worthwhile to list some of the
places of significance to the Boyd's for those who might be lucky enough to
be able to visit Scotland or England.
1. Largs, Ayrshire: where Battle of Largs took place against the King of
2. Goldberry Hill, near Portincross, Ayrshire: where Boyd's helped win the
Battle of Largs in 1273 and Portincross where one of the Cadets of Clan
lived. This is about 10-12 km south from Largs;
3 Kilwinning, Ayrshire: In the 7th generation William Boyd was Abbot of
Kilwinning and helped found the University of Glasgow;
4. Girvan, Ayrshire: a few miles to the East of there is Penkill Castle
(near Old Dailly) which was for over 350 years the home of Boyds of Penkill
(no male descendants are thought to be left); this now owned by a non Boyd
who is the (19th?) Laird of Penkill. I understand that across the valley
was Trochrig which was the home of his younger brother, however I am not
sure if anything remains today.
5. Kilmarnock, Ayrshire: Home of the Clan - Dean Castle;
6. Monastery of Paisley, Renfrewshire: foundation charter witnessed by
Simon in 1160;
7. Langside, near Glasgow: Sight of Battle in which Mary Queen of Scots
lost the Crown of Scotland and which many Boyd's fought for her;
8. Stirling: Wallace Memorial - Head of the Boyd's was said to have been
his second in command
9. Bannockburn, Stirlingshire: 3km SE of Stirling where Robert the Bruce
defeated the English and Robert Boyd was with King's brother Edward;
10. Culloden: some 6kms on the B9006 road east of Inverness.
11. Old Slains Castle, Aberdeenshire: about 24 kms north of Aberdeen along
the A975 road to the B9003 road to Cooieston. This was the home of James
Boyd who became the 15th Earl of Erroll.
12. Edinburgh: various sites including the Castle;
13. I also noticed a Flodden Field - about 5 kms SE of Cornhill-on-Tweed on
the road to Milfield. I am unsure if this is the site of the famous Battle
of that name in which a number of Boyd descendants were killed fighting for
14. Tower of London, London: in which the 4th Earl of Kilmarnock was
beheaded in 1746.
15. Glasgow University in which the William Boyd, Abbot of Kilwinning, was
one of the co-founders.
These are some of the sites of significance that I am aware of and which
might be of interest to others. Unfortunately in 1975 when Anne and I were
on our honeymoon in the UK we went to Kilmarnock, Stirling and Edinburgh as
well as a number of other Scottish towns at which time all I knew was the
Boyd's came from Kilmarnock and very little else about "our" history. It
was not until another 4 years that I became interested in family history
and caught the bug.
Perhaps there are Military Museums which might outline some of the early
history of Scotland in which the Boyd's were involved in.
Perhaps others are able to posts other points of interest for Boyd's in
From: Brian Boyd <bboyd(a)melbpc.org.au>
Subject: Re Boyd Research in England, Scotland and Ireland - B&Bs
Date: Sunday, 28 February 1999 19:52
My wife and I are travelling through England, Ireland and Scotland for 6
weeks, in May and June of this year.
To keep the cost down and to enjoy a closer contact with the local people,
we hope to stay mainly in Bed & Breakfast accommodation. Does anyone who
has done a similar trip have any recommendations on where to stay and what
to look out for? I understand that there is a very good B & B in the Dean
We are also visiting Hull to see remains of the 'Boyd' built 8 storey brick
windmills. Edinburgh to see the "Boyd' statue in the Edinburgh infirmary.
Checking on 'Boyd' leads in the Borders area of Scotland and in Ayrshire.
have other family research to do in other parts of England and Ireland and
will be travelling by rental car. Any suggestions?
Please reply to me at <bboyd(a)bigfoot.com>