For centuries Kilmarnock was little more than a large village, a market town for a large rural area. It was an area rich in resources and the enterprising people of the town made the best of what they had. Stone for building was quarried locally as was coal and ironstone. Coal mining led to engineering works and those engineers established businesses like Barclays, which went on to sell locomotives all over the world, and Glenfield & Kennedy, which exported hydraulic products.Cottage craft woollen industries evolved into carpet making and BMK carpets; leather crafts and shoe making led to the formation of Saxone. Whisky became important with one firm eventually dominating world sales. Johnnie Walker was founded in Kilmarnock in 1820, but was spirited away in 2012. Kilmarnock Through Time takes an affectionate and nostalgic look at the people and events which have made the town what it is today.
Kilmarnock resident, Frank Beattie, is well known for his local history books and for his weekly page in the Kilmarnock Standard. His history work has even been mentioned in the House of Commons.
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