An interesting look at Kilbirnie, complete with family names
This 26 page document produced in 1962 looks at Catholicism on the west coast of Scotland and details how the Church in Kilbirnie came to be opened in 1862. It contains a photo of the first priest ( I already posted his death certificate on this blog) as well as the surnames of all of the first Catholic families to worship in the Church which is very good for genealogy researchers. It gives a rare glimpse of Catholic life on the west coast of Scotland and also talks about the opening of the school as well as other Churches in the area.
The first ever library in North Ayrshire was opened at the Steel Works by Robert Rabey, here we can see him with the founding Elders of the Hebron Hall Glengarnock
L-R Montgomery Barclay, William Rabey, Charlie Loughlin and John Peebles