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Irvine, North Ayrshire

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Irvine, North Ayrshire

Irvine is a new town on the coast of the Firth of Clyde in North Ayrshire, Scotland. According to 2007 population estimates, the town is home to 39,527 inhabitants, making it the biggest settlement in North Ayrshire. Irvine was the site of Scotland's 12th century Military Capital and former headquarters of the Lord High Constable of Scotland, Hugh de Morville.
Post townIRVINE
Administrative CountyNorth Ayrshire
Traditional CountyAyrshire
OS GridNS3239
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01294

Other names by which Irvine, North Ayrshire has been known in the past

Iar An ~ Irvine The ~ Irwin ~ The Irvine

Irvine, North Ayrshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Irvine, parl. and royal burgh, market and seaport town, and par., Ayrshire, near mouth of river Irvine, 7 miles W. of Kilmarnock and 390 NW. of London by rail - par., 3930 ac., pop. 6013; royal burgh, pop. 4508; parl. bor., pop. 8498; town, pop. 8517; P.O., T.O., 4 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-day, Monday. The parl. burgh and town include the large suburb of Fullarton, in Dundonald par. The industries of Irvine include shipbuilding, engine-making, iron-founding, and the mfr. of chemicals. Irvine was formerly the third port in Scotland; it is now merely a sub-port of Troon, but since the harbour improvements of 1873 trade has revived. The principal exports are coal, iron, and chemical products. Irvine was made a royal burgh by Alexander II. (1214-1249). It was the seat of a monastery of White Friars, founded in the 14th century by the Fullartons. It contains interesting ruins of an old mansion (Seagate Castle), said to have been a town residence of the Earls of Eglinton. James Montgomery (1771-1854), the poet, and John Galt (1779-1839), the novelist, were natives. Irvine is one of the Ayr District of Parliamentary Burghs, which returns 1 member.

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