Getting started

Family history can be a life-changing experience. Learning about your ancestors can bring perspective and understanding to your own life. It only takes a few minutes to learn how to get started. Soon you’ll know the basics.

Click here Barr 1841 census for a pdf of names included in the village census of 1841.
And here’s a link to the South Ayrshire Family History Society.


These memorials are in the village of Barr.

1. Memorial Fountain. In memory of John McTaggart, Lance Corporal 1st KOSB, who died in war at Bloemfontein, South Africa 1901 (Erected by the people of Barr).

2. Memorial Gate. In loving memory of George John Abraham Dods Son of Revd. George Dods, Minister of Barr who died 11th April 1910 aged 15 years.

3. Parish War memorial. In loving memory of the men of the parish of Barr who died for King and Country in the Great War 1914-1918.

Major Arthur Hughes Onslow, Major Denzil Hughes Onslow, Sergt. Adam L Melville, Corpl. Allan S Cuthbertson, Private William Hewitson, Private Anthony Kennedy, Private John Kirkland, Private William McCreath, Private John McCrindle, Private Hugh McHarg, Private William C Mcmillian, Private John Melville, Private Thomas Swan.

1939-1945 War

Flying Officer James Johnstone

There are many online resources available, all of which incur a fee. For example, Click here to take you straight to Barr records.

Kirkyard Memorial Inscriptions are also a good place to get information on your ancestry. There is a booklet for Inscriptions in Barr Kirkyard recorded by Mr David Hunter: ISBN 0 901 567 213.

The Federation of Family History Societies

FFHS online Membership Directory advertises each member society to a worldwide audience of genealogists and family historians. Members are also listed, with website addresses. The Society publishes and distributes a large number of publications and details of all the Society’s own publications are available.

1821 Barr


The 1821 map shows more of a thoroughfare through Barr to Galloway, although treacherous in bad weather …

Hadyard Hill windfarm extension abandoned

Controversial wind turbines to the east and north of Barr will not be built

Accolade for the village shop — update

Barr Community Shop and Cafe’s contribution to improving rural lives

Barr Road Closure

30th Oct – 24th Nov
9.30 am – 3.30pm daily

Mobile Library Autumn timetable

Tuesdays ~ 26/09, 24/10, 21/11
1.30 – 3.30pm