A retired GP has written a biographical novel about Irvine and Ayrshire at the turn of the 20th Century.
James Begg has written the 340-page book in Ayrshire Scots, that features Irvine Weavers at the time of Burns, and the Eglington Ball at Eglington Castle.
The Man’s The Gowd covers agricultural and industrial revolutions, and the lowland clearances – based on James’ eight great-grandparents.
Born in New Cumnock, with rural Ayrshire roots stretching back over 350 years, Jimmy is now retired, married and living in Ayr.
Speaking on his new novel, James said:
“The chapter ‘The Irvine Weavers’ paints a picture of what life was like for ordinary Ayrshire folk of the late 18th century.
“The Weavers chapter has already been read to fourth year pupils at Irvine Royal Academy, who thoroughly enjoyed it to the extent of wanting more!”
“Regarding Irvine, I knew it well as a boy when my uncle lived there, and as a young doctor delivering babies at Ayrshire Central - and watching in dismay as the fine old historical quarter of the town was demolished in the mid-1960s to make way for the modern architectural blight which sadly replaced it,” he added.
James’ book is set to go on sale this week, and pre-orders have been selling well.
James also has two other books - Rescue 177 and Burning and Turning - that cover his experiences from eleven years of flying with the Royal Navy.
If you’d like to know more about James’ latest book or if you want to purchase a copy, then simply view the website at www.carnpublishing.com/begg/