Place:Carrick, Ayrshire, Scotland

Alt namesA' Charraigsource: Scottish Gaelic
TypeHistorical district
Coordinates55.25°N 4.633°W
Located inAyrshire, Scotland     ( - 1975)
See alsoStrathclyde, Scotlandregional administration 1975-1996
South Ayrshire, Scotlandunitary council area since 1996
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Carrick is a former comital district of Scotland--a district in the possession of an earl or count. Today it forms part of South Ayrshire council area. Its importance was in the days of Robert the Bruce in the 13th century.


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Research Tips

As will be seen from a perusal of the "What links here" list (see upper left), Carrick has a number of associations with medieval Scotland. For more modern genealogical research, it is better to reference the parishes of the district rather than the district itself.

  • Map of Carrick from John Blaeu's Atlas of 1654. Click on the image to view in greater detail.
  • The maps website of the National Library of Scotland allows comparisons of modern-day and old maps of the same place. From the home page click on "Find by place" and then follow the instructions on the next page. Once you are viewing the place you want, use the slider <----> at the top of the map to compare the layout of roads and the place names of smaller areas, perhaps even farms, with the landscape today. The website takes some getting used to.
  • The Statistical Accounts for Scotland In the 1790s and again in the 1830s, the ministers of the all the parishes of the Church of Scotland were asked to provide a description of their parish to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The original account request included 160 questions to be answered. These accounts are available in print in 20 volumes and are also online where it is freely available to browse. The browsing portal is below the viewing area of most computer screens. Scroll down to "For non-subscribers" and click on "Browse scanned pages". This brings you to another page on which one can enter the name of the parish in which you are interested.