Rozelle House Galleries

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The Royal Burgh of Ayr held the Rozelle lands as part of the Barony lands of Alloway until an auction in 1754 to reduce the Burgh debt brought sale of the lands to Robert Hamilton for £2,000. The Hamilton family made their fortune in the sugar and tobacco industries in the West Indies. The first mansion house was finished by 1760 and was in the classical style of Robert Adam. During the early Nineteenth Century the house was remodelled by David Bryce to remove the previous classical structure. The House and estate flourished throughout the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, but by the 1960s the Hamilton family were struck by high death duties and taxation which led to the sale of much of the surrounding land. In 1968 the house, with none of its historic interior remaining, was gifted to the Royal Burgh of Ayr leading to its establishment as the Council’s Museum and Art Gallery. Between 1975-76 the servant’s quarters and stable block were converted into the Maclaurin Galleries with funds from the bequest of Mrs Mary Ellen Maclaurin. Rozelle House is now a major display venue. There are also a number of art workshops and classes held at Rozelle which are open to people of all abilities. Bookings for workshops must be done through reception at Rozelle House before attending. In addition to this, Rozelle House is home to the Ayrshire Yeomanry museum, Rozelle Craft House and Rozelle Coffee Shop. All 3 of these are open to the public during normal opening hours for Rozelle House and the Maclaurin Galleries.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1000-1700
Sun 1400-1700
Open Bank holidays Except 25-26 & 1 January

Admission charges

Free of charge

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Robert Burns' 'Tam O’ Shanter'
  • Alexander Goudie
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Image shows the Caribou head gifted by Newfoundland to the people of Ayr in 1916

Next of Kin

  • 4 July — 28 September 2015 *on now

The second of eight touring venues, the exhibition at Rozelle House, Ayr, will tell the stories of Ayrshire born Thomas McMath, and brothers in arms, David and James Cumming.

McMath was wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of Arras. While in captivity he received parcels and supplies from families and friends at home. Displays include a notebook in which he meticulously noted the package donor and content so that he might acknowledge each act of kindness.

Both Cumming brothers served and died in the Palestine in the campaign against Ottoman Turkish forces. The display tells the story of their service and sacrifice on this fighting front.

In addition to ‘Next of Kin’, South Ayrshire Council Museums will be displaying the Caribou of Ayr, which was gifted to the people of Ayr in September 1916. Its story will be told through the perspective of James Cooper, a Newfoundlander who came to Ayr as one of the first 500 volunteers and stayed after marrying a local lass. Another display will tell the story of Thomas Scott, whose parents ran the Tam o’Shanter public house, and whose boyhood love of horses saw him join the Royal Field Artillery where he drove horse-drawn ammunition wagons.

Suitable for

  • Any age


The exhibition is free of charge


Remembrance Poppy created by Sandra Taylor

Poppy Craft with Sandra Taylor

  • 22 August 2015 2-3pm
  • 19 September 2015 2-3pm

Craft and design workshop, for all ages, set alongside the WW1 exhibition 'Next of Kin'.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Free of charge


James Cooper of Newfoundland and Ayr

James Cooper & the Caribou of Ayr

  • 19 September 2015 2-3pm

Through film, images, documents and personal memories, Iaian will tell his great grandfather's story, of his journey from Newfoundland to Ayr, Gallipoli, and Beaumont Hamel.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free lecture


Rozelle House Galleries
Rozelle Park
Monument Road
South Ayrshire




01292 445 447


01292 442 065

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