North Ayrshire Historiography

West Kilbride Town Crest

One of the reasons I write about West Kilbride and surrounds is because very few other people have. I am not referring here to locals who through the ages have done their best without the tools at our fingertips such as the internet, but more the academics. Scottish historians are notoriously Glasgow or Edinburgh centric, […]

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The Portencross Witch – Another Myth

North Berwick Witches

On the 8th August, 1588 the El Espiritu Santo sank off the coast of Portencross. The Espiritu was a messenger ship sent out from the main body of the, soon to be defeated, Spanish Armada. The plan had been for Spanish diplomats to journey with Scottish Catholic Lords to meet with King James VI in […]

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