A ‘Free Trader’ of the Carrick Coast: William Brackenridge and the Ladyburn Smuggling Company

Talk by Tom Barclay
Carnegie Library Local History Librarian

Brackenridge family gravestone in Kirkoswald cemetery.

Brackenridge family gravestone in Kirkoswald cemetery.

During the eighteenth century, the stretch of coast just north of Girvan was a hotbed of smuggling activity which involved almost everyone in the area. The talk will follow the career of William Brackenridge, who rose to become the leader of these ‘free traders’. Information from a variety of sources has been combined to cast light on how large quantities of brandy, rum, tobacco and tea were illicitly imported.

Tuesday 2nd November 2010
Carrick Buildings, Henrietta Street, Girvan KA26 9AL
2.00pm – 3.00pm, admission free

Tuesday 7th December 2010
Ayr Town Hall, New Bridge Street, Ayr KA7 1JX
2.30pm – 3.30pm, admission free

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