Golf from the Salt Pans

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Mar 16, 2021, 5:35:05 AMMar 16
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Hi Iain,

 

Like you, I would love to find bragging rights to golf being played in Prestwick before other places. I think it is unlikely that it would be from the salt houses on St Nicholas. They were built by Richard Oswald in 1766 to cover two salt pans that he had ordered from a Bo’ness distributor.

 

St Andrews, Montrose and Musselburgh all date back to the 16th century.

 

Ken Nairn

 

 

 

 

 

From: ayrshir...@googlegroups.com <ayrshir...@googlegroups.com> On Behalf Of Iain Tulloch
Sent: 13 March 2021 15:00
To: ayrshir...@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: [Ayrshire History] The Orchards of Kilwinning

 

Sorry I can't help  Shaun,but good luck -I wonder if anyone can help me. I am very interested in the history of Prestwick and in particular Prestwick Golf Club. I have read somewhere,probably in a Strawhorn book, that the men of Prestwickused to play golf from the salt houses on the St Nicholas course to the pow burn. Does anyone know anything about this?It would be great to show that golf in Scotland and perhaps theUK was first played on the Prestwick links.

Kind regards to all,

 

Iain

 

On Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 11:39 AM Shaun Dowse <sdow...@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello!

 

I'm Shaun, and I'm working on a dissertation which looks at improving community connections with local heritage. I am focusing on the grounds close to Kilwinning Abbey and the Old Parish Church.

The OS 1st Edition Six-inch map of Kilwinning was published in 1860, from a survey made in 1855. It shows orchards all across the town, but particularly at Greenfoot, at Woodwynd, and at Pathfoot. Many can remember fruit trees growing at these locations until fairly recently...

I'm looking for stories from people who remember the orchards in Kilwinning. Do you have any relatives who grew up in the town? Perhaps you remember fruit trees in their garden? Did you ever pinch apples from one of the orchards mentioned? What did they taste like or look like?

I'm trying to build up a picture of the way people used to connect with the countryside. Wild foraging is becoming lost to time, globally. Industry, urban sprawl and convenience shopping is largely responsible. We're fortunate in Kilwinning as there are still loads of opportunities for getting out and picking fruit, but it could be better...

 

We went out with our young kids in Autumn during lockdown, picking brambles along the river. The expressions on their faces; they were beaming for hours. The whole experience extended for weeks afterwards, as we made it into jam, ate it on toast and gifted jars to family and friends...

 

I can tell you, the whole process of connecting with a few wild berries one sunny afternoon had a knock-on effect, and gave us an opportunity to connect with family during lockdown through a jar of jam and a story!

Any memories you have would be hugely helpful...

Shaun :)

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