A History of Kilmarnock, From an Early Period to the Present Time; Including Biographical Notices of the more Eminent Individuals Belonging to the Locality. [Bound with:] An Account of the Flood that Occurred in Kilmarnock, on the Morning of Wednesday, 14th July 1852; with a Table, showing the Heights to which the Water rose in the Principal Streets.

  • M'Kay, Archibald
  • Kilmarnock: Mathew Wilson 1848


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FIRST EDITION, 2 vols. bound as 1, 12mo, pp. 279, [1], 16. Modern half calf, marbled boards, spine divided by raised bands, red morocco label, other compartments tooled centrally in blind. Some toning, spotting and soiling, particularly to second work. Spine sunned.


Two local history titles from Kilmarnock, the first of which was revised and reprinted over the following decades, reaching a fifth edition by 1909. The first edition is recorded by Library Hub in 10 locations. The second, much shorter work here records and memorialises the great flood of 1852, which was notable for the absence of rain in the town - heavy rain further upstream caused the river Irvine to burst its banks. McKay records the flood water in excess of six feet in places. It is unrecorded in Library Hub and Worldcat, although it is included in the list of Kilmarnock printings in Carreen Gardner's 'Printing in Ayr and Kilmarnock' (Ayrshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, 1976).

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