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Looking for more definitive information on "Boghall" and "BlackHouse" both areas located near or next to Newton on Ayr. This of course is based on several old maps I have in my possession. Thanks Brett Alexander

The statue of William Wallace is situated on the first floor of a 3 story house built in 1810 for Henry Cowan, Esq, who is reported to have put up this statue by William Reid at his own expense.

The house is situated at the bottom of Newmarket street in Ayr, also looking onto the High Street. The bottom floor was converted to a shop with a number of businesses using it over the years.

This spot is close to where the Laigh Tolbooth was situated that served as an english prison in the days of Wallace. Wallace was held in the Tolbooth for a short time.

William Wallace Staue Ayr
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Can anyone confirm that the memorial high on the hill in this photo overlooking the village of Straiton is the one in memory of Lieutenant-Colonel James Hunter-Blair of Blairquhan Castle, killed at Inkerman /Crimean War in 1854.


Yes that is what the monument represents. There is now a link to the monument at Straiton Walk.

I have heard of a monument in honour of William Wallace on top of a hill outside Kilmarnock where there are views of Ayr.

The website www.electricscotland.com/history/kilmarnock/part2c3 gives information on the monument.

After lingering while to view the expanse of country I returned to the road and continued the ascent of Barnweill Hill, and ultimately, after considerable exertion, reached the summit whereon stands the Wallace monument, and on which, tradition states,

Barnweill Hill Monument

the Scottish hero paused in his flight to view the lurid flames that consumed the Barns of Ayr, which he had fired in revenge for the murder of his uncle and other noblemen. He must have watched the scene with intense interest, for, as the flames shot heavenward, he exclaimed, "The Barns o’ Ayr burn weel!" -a pithy saying from which it is said the place takes its name. The image above is from the website www.geocities.com/wheehamx/rrBarnweill.

I have visited Largs regularly, took many photos of that scenic area and read about the historic battle at Largs that saw the Vikings forced out of Scotland by King Alexander III. I was a bit surprised then to learn that I have always missed one of Ayrshire's most historic monuments, the 70ft high Pencil Monument completed in 1912 to mark the Battle of Largs in 1263.

The monument is situated about a one mile walk south of Largs centre. If you are in a car, park at Largs Marina as there is a two hundred yard path from there to the monument.

More information can be found at:

Pencil Monument