Family Archive

An Ancient Village

A walk around the graveyard at Dundonald Parish Church offers a rare glimpse into rich Ayrshire history. Valued members of prominent families like the Wallaces, Cochranes, Allans, Boyds, Stewarts, Hendersons and Campbells have their final resting place in the village, amongst many other fine local people.


Our Charity

Friends of Dundonald Castle (SCIO) is the source of access to a treasure trove of archives, which contain endlessly fascinating documents, maps and letters, all telling the story of the area.


You can access:

-Prehistoric history

-Land records

-Detailed maps

-Information on all local landed estates, such as Dankeith and Coodham

-Census and electoral records

-Ecclesiastical records such as births, deaths and marriages

-Information on all our local families, both grand and ordinary

-Scotland’s longest surviving run of Kirk session minutes (available digitally)

-Records from both World Wars

-A history of local clubs and organisations

-Old photographs of the castle and surrounding area


These are a fascinating resource for people wanting to:

-Build family trees

-Research academic projects

-Research the history of the area

-Get archaeological information


A Precious Oral History

Dundonald’s archives are spread among treasured residents of the village, whose experience and first-hand knowledge is invaluable. The team at Dundonald Castle is truly privileged to be able to access that knowledge, and is working on an exciting oral history project, to ensure that these precious memories are preserved for future generations.