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It will surprise you just how many of the world's icons have a connection with the 30 mile broad strip of land which stretches from Largs in Ayrshire to Gretna in Dumfriesshire.
A strip of land which is Burns' Corridor.
THE ICON LIST [During Burns lifetime in red]
When you fly into The Burns International Airport, Prestwick, Burns' Corridor, visit some of their homes.
Thomas Soulis ((?)1244-1304) Giffen near Beith, Ayrshire. The Soulis Cross “rebel”.
John Balliol (c.1249-c. 25 November 1314) Galloway. Elected King of Scots
Thistle Emblem 1263 Battle of Largs, Ayrshire
William Wallace (12??-1305) born (probably New Cumnock, Ayrshire - prove me wrong) murdered in London.
Robert the Bruce (1274-1329) Carrick, Ayrshire. King of Scotland from 25 March 1306
Sir Robert Boyd: a commander for Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn/Stirlingshire 1314. The Bruce gave him the Lordship of Kilmarnock in 1316.
Robert II (1316-1390) born in Dundonald, Ayrshire, became King of Scots in 1371
James Crichton (1560 - ? 1582), born probably at Eliock in Dumfriesshire, commonly called the "Admirable Crichton”.
William Cochrane (1605-1686): Member of Parliament for Ayrshire in 1644. Created 1st Lord Cochrane of Dundonald 1647, 1st Earl of Dundonald 1669, 1st Lord Cochrane of Paseley and Ochiltrie 1669.
John Montgomerie (? -1731) Giffen near Beith, Ayrshire. Colonel. Colonial Governor of New York and New Jersey from 1728 to 1731.
William Boyd (1704–1746), 4th Earl of Kilmarnock, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland 1742–1743. Privy Counsellor to Bonnie Prince Charles. Colonel of his guards and then a general. Fought at Falkirk and Culloden, taken prisoner, and beheaded on Tower Hill on 18th August 1746.
Richard Oswald (1705-1784) of Auchencruive : Scottish merchant, slave trader and diplomat.
Mary (Ramsay) Oswald (- 1788) of Auchencruive. Wife of Richard. Burns wrote the stinging "Ode" after his trek from Sanquhar to New Cumnock. http://www.robertburns.org/encyclopedia ... .695.shtml
John Paul Jones (1747-92) born on an estate near Kirkcudbright.
Sir Gilbert Blane (1749 - ) born in Blanefield, near Kirkoswald, Ayrshire.
William Murdoch, (1754-1839) Born at Bello Mill, Lugar, Ayrshire
John Loudon MacAdam (1756-1836) Born in Ayr
Robert Burns (1759-1796) born Alloway, two miles south of Ayr.
Isabel M'Ghie (1760-1836)
Fenwick Weavers (1761- ) Co-operative Society
William Symington (1763-1831) born in Leadhills, Dumfriesshire
Sir James Shaw (1764-1843) born in Riccarton, Ayrshire. Former Lord Mayor of London.
Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane (1773-1860) Major-General, 1st Baronet, GCH, GCB Largs, soldier, colonial Governor and astronomer.
Henry Eckford (1775-1832) born in Irvine, Ayrshire.
John Galt (1779-1839) born in Irvine.
Thomas Morton (1783-1862 ) born in Mauchline, Ayrshire.
Betsy Miller (1790-1864) born in Saltcoats, Ayrshire.
James Steadman (1790-1865) (inventor of Screw Propeller)
John D ick (1792-1860) [a brother of Maxwell D ick] by 1839 held five eighths of Ayr Observer.
John Fulton (1800-1854) born in Fenwick, Ayrshire drove forward the Industrial Revolution.
John (Johnnie) Walker (1805-1857)
John Findlay Arthur was born on 17 January 1807 and gained the M.D. in 1831 and C.M. (Glasgow) in 1836.
Edgar Alan Poe (1809-1849) was schooled in Irvine
James George Smith Neill (1810-1857) born in Dalry, Ayrshire. Brigadier-General. Cawnpore.
Kirkpatrick Macmillan (1813-1878) Born in Keir Mill near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire.
Andrew Barclay (1815-1900) born in Dalry, Ayrshire. Enginesmith.
Dr Thomas Boyle Grierson (1818-1889) born in Dumfries.
James D ick (1823-1902) born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. Millionaire
Maxwell D ick (inventor)
James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) born in Glenlair, nr St John's Town of Dalry, Dumfries & Galloway
Joseph Heughan (1837-1902) of Auchencairn, Kirkcudbrightshire.
John Boyd Dunlop, (1840-1921) born in Dreghorn, Ayrshire.
Henry Faulds (1843-1930) Beith, Ayrshire. Surgeon, Missionary. Pioneer of fingerprinting.
John Sholto Douglas, Marquess of Queensberry GCVO (1844 – 1900)
William Fife III (1857-1944) born in Fairlie Scottish yacht designers and builders.
Joseph Thompson (1858-1895)
J M Barrie (1860-1937) Dumfries
Andrew Fisher (1862-1921) born in Crosshouse, Ayrshire. Prime Minister of Australia 3 times.
William McMaster Murdoch (1873 - 1912) First Officer of the RMS 'Titanic'. Born Dalbeatie.
John Boyd Orr (1880-1971) 1st Baron Boyd-Orr, CH, DSO, MC born in Kilmaurs, Ayrshire.
Sir Alexander Fleming (1881-1955) born at Lochfield Farm near Darvel, Ayrshire.
Jane Haining (1897-1944) born in Dunscore, Dumfriesshire.
Sir Thomas Blane Hunter. (1961- ) born in New Cumnock, Ayrshire. Scotland's first billionaire.
William (Bill) Shankly (1913-1981) born in Glenbuck, Ayrshire. Liverpool manager and saint.
Gavin Maxwell, (1914-?)
George Burley (1956-) Scotland National Football Team Manager
Chris J Rollie Writer (NCB)
The Twelve Apostles (near Dumfries)
John Owen mentions some people I missed:
Robert Taylor, Inventor of Steam Navigation & Manager of Cumnock Pottery.
George Drummond, Boxmaker then went on to Missionary Work.
William Crawford Inventor of the Scots secret hinge.
Horatio McCulloch (1805 - 1867), William Leighton Leitch (1804 - 83), Daniel MacNee (1806 - 1882); artists who became world known after working in Cumnock, Ayrshire, painting the covers on Cumnock Snuff Boxes.
Connection: John Galt (1779-1839) born in Irvine. Founded Ghelt.
Robert Burns' Great-Great Granddaughter, Isabella Ferguson Brown,
died in Canada at the age of 10 and is buried in Guelph.
The petition has kicked off again: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/robert-burns-international-airport/signatures.html