I’ve been looking around to find locations and sites with any affilation with the Irwin name and I’ll try to post as many as I can. If you know of any please send them on and we’ll get them posted.
Irvine Bay, Scotland, is on the Clyde Coast just thirty minutes from Glasgow. It comprises the former new town of Irvine, Kilwinning, Stevenston, Saltcoats and Ardrossan and is close to the towns of Troon, Prestwick and Ayr. Together these towns have a population of over 100,000 and within a two hour drive have access to over two million people. It represents the hub of commercial activity in Ayrshire.
Irvine Bay has a diverse economy which in the past boasted a strong manufacturing base and now seeks to expand its current service sector activities.
Irvine Bay is already home to major international enterprises including Glaxo SmithKline, Wilson Sporting Goods, NACCO Materials Handling, UPM Kymmene, Chemring Nobel Enterprises and Sigma Aldrich.
Foreign businesses from the USA, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and France have all chosen to locate to Irvine Bay.
The town was once a haunt of Robert Burns, after whom two streets in the town are named: Burns Street and Burns Crescent. He is known to have worked in a flax mill on the Glasgow Vennel. Despite being classed as a new town, Irvine has had a long history stretching back many centuries and was classed as a Royal Burgh. There are also conflicting rumours that Mary, Queen of Scots, was briefly involved in the town’s history. Some say she stayed briefly at Seagate Castle. To this day there is still an annual festival, called Marymass, held in the town.
During World War II a Royal Observer Corps watchtower was sited here giving a wide overall view of the Firth of Clyde. It is also credited with the first visual sighting of Rudolf Hess’s Messerschmitt 110 in 1941.
Irvine Harbour was a prime target for Adolf Hitler’s invasion of the British Isles, being a major boating district and also in near vicinity to the ICI weapons development.
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