Mauchline Ware and Ardentinny

Until 1933, the Smith family of Mauchline in Ayrshire was famous for the manufacture of a huge range of wooden gifts known as Mauchline Ware. These souvenirs were much in demand by affluent Victorians travelling abroad. Huge quantities were also exported to mainland Europe, the US, South Africa and Australia.  Many of these souvenirs were decorated with photographic transfers of their …

Fireworks: An Open Letter from Elaine Allan, Dun Daraich Stables.

The New Year fireworks display at Glen Finart Hotel put the horses at Dun Daraich Stables in a state of fear and alarm, they reacted very much as I had predicted and had previously advised the display’s organiser they would, when I expressed my concerns and objections. Despite this, the event went ahead. The repetitive …