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A History of the Ayrshire Yeomanry Cavalry
By W. S. Cooper M.A., L.L.M., F8A Scot., Captain, Ayrshire Yeomanry Cavalry (1881)


These notes have been put together in compliance with a natural desire on the part of many Ayrshire Yeomen to know something of the previous history of the regiment in which their fathers have served, and in which their sons will in due course succeed them.

It is to be regretted that the early history of the Carrick Troop, during the closing years of last century, is so meagre: such particulars as are given were obtained by the late Captain Hunter of Hunterston, in 1856, from Quartermaster Henderson, who joined the troop in the year 1802.

Among the many fidends to whom thanks are due for information and assistance given, the first place must be assigned to the late Captain Hunter, without whose invaluable orderly-book this history would have been very much less consecutive than it is. Thanks are also due to Mrs. Hunter for the great interest she has taken in this work; to Major John Lorn Stewart of Coll, late Adjutant, who suggested the idea of giving permanency to these records, and who formed a valuable nucleus of notes; to Mr. D. Murray Lyon, author of Ayr in the Olden Time; and to many old yeomen (among whom may be particularised Mr. D. Cuningham, Chapelton), who have ransacked the stores of their memories with results which are full of local interest.

The work which has been given the Ayrshire Yeomanry to do in the past has always been performed in such a manner as to obtain the approbation of those competent to judge. It is true that the days of rioting and disaffection have passed away—haply never to return—but there is still work, and more congenial work, for Yeomen to accomplish, in quietly but earnestly preparing themselves so that they may be able to render efficient service to their country in her hour of need, should that hour ever come.

Under their experienced and justly popular commander, esprit de corps has never been stronger than it is at present; and that this spirit may survive and flourish, not only in this particular regiment, but in every branch of the Reserve Forces, must be the heartfelt desire of all who wish well to their native land.

W. S. C.

Failford, May 1881.

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