Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Dynamite! Ardeer in print

A big thanks to Largs and North Ayrshire FHS for its hospitality last night, a really friendly group.

I learned of a new book being published locally last night, and promised to give it a plug. Society member John Millar has written an account of the dynamite industry at Ardeer, entiled In the Shadow of the Dynamite - Ardeer: The Boattom En' o' the' Toon, an explosive account of the industry in the North Ayrshire factory located on the edge of Stevenston, which was instrumental in producing dynamite under the watchful eye of Alfred Nobel.

The book is being launched at the Local & Family History Centre, Glasgow Vennel, Irvine, on Tuesday 26th Jan at 7:00 pm, and again on Thursday 28th Jan at Stevenston Library at 7:00 pm. It's published by Paterson Print, Irvine, and costs £9.99, with all proceeds going to the BBC Children in Need charity. Sounds like a fascinating account, and a very worthy cause. I believe it will be on sale in libraries across North Ayrshire.

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Mole said...

Having previously had some contact with John Millar, though years ago, I am very interested in his book on Ardeer. Could you tell me how I could order a copy? I live in South Africa but it could be sent to my sons in London for delivery to me. Many thanks for any assistance/advice.
Rosemary Dixon-Smith

Chris Paton said...

Hi Rosemary,

I think John's a member of the Largs and North Ayrshire FHS, so you could contact Anne Gregory, the secretary, for advice through the society's website at

Alternatively, the Beattie Library in Stevenston might be worth contacting - 01294 469535
E-mail: Stevenstonlibrarynorth @