1197 A castle is built by the River Ayr

1205 King William the Lion creates a burgh at Ayr. The town has weekly markets.

1230 Dominican Friars (Black Friars) establish their monastery in Ayr.

1261 Ayr is granted an annual fair. Ayr is a busy port with a population of about 1,500.

1301-1312 Ayr is occupied by the English.

1315 A Scottish parliament meets in Ayr.

1534 Loudon Hall is first mentioned.

1545 The Plague strikes Ayr but it soon recovers

1647 The Plague strikes Ayr again. The town now has a population of over 2,000.

1652 Oliver Cromwell's men build a fort at Ayr to control the West of Scotland.

1760 Sir Thomas Wallace creates Wallacetown. Wool and linen are produced in Ayr.

1788 The New Bridge is built.

1796 Ayr Academy is founded.

1801 Ayr parish has a population of almost 5,500. Newton has a population of 1,700, giving a combind total of 7,200.

1823 The Burns Monument is erected.

1826 The streets of Ayr are lit by gas.

1830 The Town Buildings are erected.

1840 The railway reaches Ayr from Glasgow.

1842 Ayr gains a modern water supply.

1893 The Carnegie Library is built.

1901 Ayr has a population of 31,000.
Electric trams begin to run in the streets of Ayr.

1911 A pavilion is built.

1931 The trams stop.

1936 McAdam's Monument is built.

1951 The population of Ayr grows to 44,000.

1965 Craigie College is founded.

1971 The Ayr by-pass is built.

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