Five hundred years after Maybole gained burgh status the town is marking the anniversary by training youngsters in the latest technology.
Maybole community councillor David Kiltie announced at the town’s Christmas lights switch on last week that funding was now in place from Ayrshire LEADER, the Heritage Lottery Fund and various local organisations for a new project, Maybole 500.
David said: “Five hundred years ago this month, in November 1516, Maybole was created a burgh.
“Our town, the ancient capital of Carrick, had a long and proud history before that but becoming a burgh was a very important event.
“Maybole 500 is the title that Maybole Community Council has given to a project to mark that part of our history.
“Supporting Maybole 500 are South Ayrshire Council, all four local schools, local churches, the Historical Society, the Community Association, the Town Twinning Association, the Royal British Legion Scotland (Maybole Branch), Maybole St Crispin Burns Club, local Masonic Lodges, and many other local organisations.
“Maybole 500 will host a number of local events and ensure that our town’s heritage is passed on to all who want to be involved.
“Young people will also get the chance to learn new media skills and film events. We hope you will all take part.
“The Kennedy family have been an important part of this area’s history for many years and as the original Charter was addressed to his ancestor, we have invited Lord David Kennedy, the 9th Marquess of Ailsa and the 20th Earl of Cassillis, to be Patron of Maybole 500 and he has kindly agreed.”
Lord David Kennedy said: “I feel both very privileged and pleased to be Patron of the Maybole 500 project.
“As David Kiltie said, my family has had a connection with Maybole and Carrick stretching back for over 700 years. From 1513 until 1846 all the Earls of Cassillis were buried here in Maybole, regardless of where they died. I am very proud of this connection.
“David Kennedy, the 1st Earl of Cassillis, was killed at the Battle of Flodden in 1513 defending King James IV.
“His son Gilbert became the 2nd Earl and it was to him in the year 1516 that the original charter making Maybole a burgh was handed.
“I am so pleased that 500 years later this anniversary project has received so much local support.
“I look forward to meeting many of you at various Maybole 500 events throughout the next year and wish you all the best of luck.”