Ayr has always been an important economic centre on Scotland's south-west coast. The town was established as a royal burgh in 1205, serving as the county's central marketplace and harbour throughout the medieval period and has remained an important port throughout its history. With the expansion of the railway during the nineteenth century, Ayr soon developed into a popular seaside resort. Ayr remains an elegant county town and a bustling regional shopping centre with a long history and a fine collection of architectural heritage.
Alloway is a picturesque village situated to the south of Ayr. The renown of the village is based on its associations with Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, and his most popular poem - `Tam O'Shanter'. This collection of old and new photographs from writer and historian Jack Gillon will appeal to everyone who knows and loves the `Land of Burns'.
Jack Gillon is a long term resident of Edinburgh and has worked as a Town Planner involved in the conservation of the city's heritage of historic buildings for around thirty years and has an extensive knowledge of the city's history and architecture. He writes extensively on the historical heritage of Scotland and has had several books published by Amberley.