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Gathering at the Sir William Arrol Exhibition in the Carnegie Library, Ayr
The programme of commemorative events to mark the passing of Sir William Arrol 100 years ago this day started off at 11am with a gathering of Friends of Seafield House and their supporters at the Centenary Exhibition in the foyer of Carnegie Library in Ayr.
The exhibition mounted by the Friends of Seafield House focuses on Sir William Arrol’s life at Seafield House in Doonfoot Road, Ayr; his engineering & contracting achievements, which include the construction of iconic structures including the Forth Rail Bridge & London Tower Bridge; & his public service as Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for South Ayrshire from 1895 to 1906.
For those who haven’t been along to see the Exhibition yet, it’s not too late. as it will remain in the Carnegie Library for another couple of days until 23 February 2013. Follow this link to find further information about the Exhibition.
Wreath Laying at the Arrol Grave at Woodside Cemetery, Paisley
While members of the Friends of Seafield House committee were making their way from Ayr to Paisley, flowers were laid in memory of Sir William Arrol on the steps of Seafield House at 1.50pm, the time that he passed away 100 years ago.
Meanwhile, arriving in Paisley at 2pm the FoSH committee members were delighted to be joined by two great nieces of Sir William Arrol who helped to lay the wreath at the foot of his grave at Woodside Cemetery in Paisley. Ina and Annette Arrol are grandaughters of James Arrol, who gave up his career as a marine engineer to go into business with his brother, Sir William Arrol, in the Engineering Works.
Debate in the Scottish Parliament
At 5pm FoSH members gathered in the public gallery in the debating chamber of the Scottish Parliament to listen to the debate on Chic Brodie MSP’s motion S4M-05003 on Scotland’s Historic Buildings. The plight of Seafield House featured in the debate an FoSH will be following up on the suggestions that the Cabinet Secretary for Culture & External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, made in her response to the debate.
A recording of the debate can be viewed in the Parliament TV members debate page.
Reception: Yale Pevsner Buildings of Scotland
In the second event to commemorate the centenary of the death of Sir William Arrol, Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) will lay a wreath on Sir William’s grave in Paisley. All those who would like to be present are welcome to attend at 2pm. Arrol Grave, Woodside Cemetery, Broomlands Street, Paisley, PA1 2NP. The Arrol grave can be found along the row of graves (commonly referred to as “millionaires’ row”) to the left of the Crematorium.
Supporters of the campaign to SAVE Seafield House (or who want to find out more about the campaign) and all who hold in great respect the legacy of Sir William Arrol are warmly invited to gather at the Centenary Exhibition in the Foyer of the Carnegie Library, Ayr at 11am on 20 February, to mark the Centenary of his death.
The first Friends of Seafield House Newsletter has now been released.
The Newsletter focuses on the events that FoSH have got lined up for the 20th February 2013, the centenary of the death of Sir William Arrol.
- A gathering at 11am at the Centenary Exhibition, Carnegie Library, Ayr
- A wreath laying at 2pm at the Arrol Grave, Woodside Cemetery, Paisley
- A members business debate at 5.05pm at the Scottish Parliament
- A reception from 6pm-8pm at the Scottish Parliament : Yale Pevsner Buildings of Scotland
Full details in the newsletter which can be downloaded from the link below.