He lived in old Ferguson Street Ayr, married to Frances Rowan Hill, had 7 children (6 lassies 1 boy- who was the apple of his fathers eye).
Most of the items turn out to be no good, but it's worth a throw! From David Mc Clure: There is no such or similar name in the 'Gazetteer of Ayrshire 1750-1800' in ed. The band in Buttermarket Close, Ayr (John Faulds Davidson snr 23/05/1906 - 04/01/1947) From Frances Carson, : Can anyone help with an impossible task of turning up with a photograph of my very elusive grandfather.
I couldn't find it in the Scottish National Archives or SCAN websites. The specific subject in this case is the transmission of possible Anglian (Northumbrian) place-names in Scotland in areas where the Old English language may have died out uder pressure from the Cumbric language of early medieval southern Scotland (related to Welsh) or to medieval Gaelic.
Useful material in this search is incredibly rare, hence the chasing up of such shadows!
If your interests lie in family history, you may find Ayrshire Family History Societies and related sites useful. I can't find it on online OS maps, old or modern, Nor can I see it on the old maps on the National Library of Scotland website, which I can only search visually.
I had previously looked through the volumes of early Scottish public records for Ayrshire items starting with Sk-, without coming across it.
The general run of Anglian place-names will not do - it has to be items which speakers of Cumbric or Gaelic, especially the latter, may have found hard to pronounce and therefore altered slightly, to fit their habits of speech.I don't think there's anything published of this sort of technical character, so I have to search for possible examples myself.The places named have to be in areas where I can make a case that similar alteration under Norse influence is unlikely.That cuts out most of Dumfriesshire, and probably the coastal stretch of Galloway. From Bill Morton, : This suggestion may be totally wrong as I am no expert but is it possible that the farm of Skellyhill at the end of the road which starts at Kirkland Road in Darvel is the location you are looking for?This section has been replaced by the Ayrshire History Google Group.Please use this group to exchange information on your research interests and seek answers to your questions. From Mike Bilham, : I'm trying to locate an address, possibly a farmstead, called Skylahill, possibly in or near to Newmilns, Ayrshire. It is listed in nine entries in response to 'Skylahill' in the Yahoo search engine. Unfirtunately none of them really locates the place and the attribution to Newmilns isn't backed up.