Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Tour Scotland Video Of Old Photographs Of Coylton



Tour Scotland wee video of old photographs of Coylton village in South Ayrshire, Scotland. The village is located 5 miles east of Ayr, and 2.5 miles west of Drongan, on the A70 road. Coylton was once a rural village that was transformed by the development of mining in the area and has since changed dramatically again with the cessation of all coal mining. Artist and sculptor, Robert Bryden was born in Coylton in 1865. After a period working in the office of Hunter & Morris, architects in Ayr, he moved to London, England, where he stayed for fifteen years studying, at the RSA and the Royal Academy, making a living from commissions and teaching art. He had a large output, working as a painter, engraver and sculptor. Among his works are bronze portraits of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce in Ayr Town Hall. he also specialised in carved wooded figures, a collection of which are to be found at Rozelle House Galleries, a museum of art, in Ayrshire. Bryden is also responsible for the Coylton War Memorial. In 1899 he was granted the title of Royal Engraver. He published three volumes of etchings illustrating castles in the County of Ayrshire. Robert died in 1939. Of interest to folks with ancestry, genealogy or Scottish Family Roots in Scotland who may wish to visit one day.

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