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Dane Love lives in the Ayrshire countryside. He has written over thirty books on Scottish subjects in general, and on Ayrshire in particular. He works as a principal teacher at Irvine Royal Academy, but spends much of his free time travelling around the countryside collecting information for his books. 

He is the Honorary Secretary of the Scottish Covenanter Memorials Association, a member of the Ayrshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, past president of the Boswell Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He was awarded the John Strawhorn Quaich in 2014 for his contribution to Ayrshire History. With his interest in all things Scottish, he has traced his ancestry back to Robin Love, who fought with Bonnie Prince Charlie at the battles of Prestonpans and Culloden. Dane Love is married to Hazel and they have two children - Dane and Gillian.

James Andrew Begg was born in New Cumnock, with deep roots in rural Ayrshire stretching back four hundred years. Jimmy Begg is a retired GP, married and living in Ayr. His two previous books Rescue 177 (2003) and Burning and Turning (2006) cover eleven years of flying with the Royal Navy as a helicopter Search and Rescue doctor. A member of Ayr Rotary Club, he wrote the bestselling Official Guide Book for the popular Ayrshire Coastal Path (2008) that he helped to create. As a native Scots speaker - and writer - he is several times past winner of the Scottish National Open Poetry Competition for Scots verse, and has broadcast on the BBC. In 1991 he published a volume of poetry and short stories in Ayrshire Scots - The Dipper an the Three Wee Deils. In 2005 he won the Scots Language Society’s Robert McLellan Tassie award for the best short story in Scots.

Lorna Cowan has worked in publishing, writing for magazines and websites, for over 24 years. She was an editor for 14 of these years, most recently for Which? Travel. She moved to Charmouth in 2014 with her husband and dog, having spent the past two decades exploring much of west Dorset. She is now a full-time freelance writer, contributing to numerous magazines.

 

John Kellie was born in Ayrshire and educated at Pinmore, Kilmarnock and Glasgow. An enthusiastic outdoorsman and freelance writer, over the years his work has found its way into a variety of magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as broadsheet and tabloid newspapers. He taught secondary school English for the best part of three decades, both in Scotland and Canada, until a brush with malaria in the jungles of New Guinea prompted a rethink and he is now writing and travelling full-time.

 

Jimmy McGhee was born in Ayr in 1951 and grew up in Cumnock. He received his education at St John’s Primary in the town, followed by St Joseph’s High School in Kilmarnock. He attended Kilmarnock Technical College on a one-year pre-apprenticeship course, on 14 August 1967 becoming an apprentice with Pollock at Mauchline. He has been there ever since.

Jimmy is married to Effie and they have a daughter, Alison, married to Robert Scott, and one grandchild, Iona. His interests include Mauchline Ware (having collected over 600 pieces), racing pigeons and Cumnock Juniors F.C.

Ian McMurdo was born in May 1949, the son of a coal miner. He was brought up in New Cumnock, Ayrshire. When he was four years old, he moved with his family to a housing estate in nearby Logan Toll. He was educated in Lugar Primary School, Cumnock Academy, Strathclyde University and Jordanhill College from which he emerged in 1972 as a qualified chemistry teacher. After sixteen years in the teaching profession, Ian moved into local government management and was later appointed Director of Education for West Dunbartonshire Council in 1995. After nine years at the helm, he took voluntary early retirement in 2004 to set up his own management consultancy business, IQual Consultancy, which he operates in partnership with a few trusted colleagues. Ian still lives in the Cumnock area with his wife Nan and their Labrador retrievers. He has two grown-up children, Jillian and Derek. The family also have a home in Kildonan on the island of Arran, which is their “favourite place on the planet”. Ian is a well-known educational commentator, public speaker, Burns enthusiast and occasional journalist.