The Barred Bard

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Paul Russell - read personal statement
Jessie Bryce
Pete Heywood - read personal statement
Steven King
James G. Torbett, Troon
Barry King, Madera, California, USA
Cameron Scott, Kilmarnock
James Dunsmuir, Chair Bellfield Community Council, Kilmarnock
Billy Sullivan, Chair New Farm Loch Community Council, Kilmarnock
Debz Nagle
Fiona Carvel, South Queensferry
Alistair Douglas Simpson, Spain
John McHugh
Iain McGill, Edinburgh
Elena Hogarth
Allan McDougall
Russell Shedden, Kilmarnock
Gary Torbett, Irvine
Irene Hanley, Katy, Texas, USA
Beverley Robb
John Anderson
John McHugh, Spain
Charles Collyer, Westminster, USA
Nicola Milligan, Edinburgh
K Johnstone
Hugh Morton, Kilmarnock
Neil Harding, Rosyth
Martina Feely, Bishopton
Paul Fitzgerald, Glasgow
Gayle Hogarth
Fiona McSporran
Gavin Smith, Edinburgh
Frank McHugh, Stewarton
Tony Harkins, Glasgow
Lisa Halliday
Ross Graham
Graham Hunt, Edinburgh
Margot McCrone, Barrhead
Hugh Campbell
Ray Hill, Limerick, Republic of Ireland
Susie Heywood, Glasgow
June Wood, Kilmarnock
Harry Orlove, Tujunga, California
Fiona Heywood, Edinburgh
Janetta Fairbain
Walter Michael, Westminster, USA
David Neill
David Troup, Netherlands
Fraser Speirs, Glasgow
Neil McDermott, Ayr
Alan Magnus-Bennett, Worcestershire
Debbie Milligan
Alec Calderwood, Hamilton, New Zealand
Mairi Graham, Edinburgh
Pete Castle, Belper
Amanda Hodgkinson, Ashford, Kent
Campbell Howie, Kilmarnock
Allan McDougall, Glasgow
Pat Ryan, Bolton
Alfred Zeno Minichiello, Derwood, USA
Derek Williamson, Donegal
Ian Bruce
Geoff Harden
Julia Lane, Maine USA
Karl Dallas, Bradford
Sheila Douglas, Perth
Hamish Wood, Kinross
Elizabeth Hood, Kilbirnie
Ivan Moran, Sydney, Australia
George Meechan, Kilmarnock
Colin Banks, Hobart, Tasmania
Sharon Hutchison
Katy Heywood, Kilmarnock
Jim Bieneman, USA
Chris Bell, Killearn
Dave Winder
Joyce Winder
Andrew Miller, Bedforshire
James Gilpin, Dumfries
Betsy Calvert, Virginia, USA
John Walsh, Airdrie
John Mackay, Waterside, Kilmarnock
Denise Hogarth, Girvan
David Johnston
George Leslie
Derek Williamson, Ireland
Ian Bruce
Julia Lane, Maine, USA
Karl Dallas, Bradford
Drew McRoberts
Douglas Lindsay, Kilmarnock
Christopher John White, Kilmarnock
Janette White, Kilmarnock
Eunice Harding, Manchester
Lisa Baig
Patricia McHugh, London
Jim Byrne, Belfast
Lauren Boyd, FSA Scot, California
Ravi Bhela
Sheena Wellington, Fife
Charlie Frank, Cape Town, South Africa
Andrew Joyce, Auckland, New Zealand
Harry MacFadyen, Perth
Gordon McCredie, Glasgow
Dave Murray, Cardiff
Stephen Harvey, Courtenay, British Columbia
Bill Fitzpatrick, Kilmarnock
Derry Martin, Kilmarnock
Neil Clark, Glasgow


Common Ground Scotland
We have had messages of support from over 30 MSPs

Some comments from our supporters:

As a young boy I visited the monument many times the contents were on display and gave many youngsters their first, and lasting, insight to The Bard. Lets get it fixed!

It's terrible to see this in such bad repair. There has to be some public money to be had to restore this fitting memorial to our favourite bard.

I had a wonderful experience traveling to Kilmarnock, the ancestral home of the Boyds, in 2001. After coming back home, I discovered I missed the Burns Monument, even though I did take a photo of the "Kay Park" sign for a friend in the states, whose father was instrumental in starting a "Kay Park" here. I have hope of being able to return to Kilmarnock and being able to see the Burns Memorial restored to its former glory. We of Scottish descent that live in the USA not only treasure our history here, but seemingly more so, our larger Ancestral Families' history in Scotland. We endeavor to educate others lest it be forgotten. Robert Burns may not be the oldest name in Scotland, but it may very well be the best known and remembered. Many of us will be celebrating Robert Burns Birthday in the next couple of weeks. He is near and dear to the hearts of many Scots, no matter where in the world. Please keep us informed as to how we may assist with this effort in our Ancestral lands. Lauren M. Boyd, FSA Scot, President, House of Boyd Society, Inc., President, Scottish Information Society

I left Ayrshire 7 years ago to come and live in America. Since then I have been back home to visit three times and each time I return another piece of history has gone to wreck and ruin. Americans over here are proud of their history and their ancestry, we should take a leaf out of their book and be proud of ours and preserve what we have.

Sad to see the state of Kilmarnock's "homage" to arguably the greatest Scotsman ever.

From the last time I visited Ayrshire (4 or 5 years ago) I felt that it would be good if Burns facilities complemented and supported each other. Alec Calderwood, New Zealand

Absolutely shocking!!!!! I have been away from Kilmarnock for a few years, and have not always been aware of the importance of our cultural icons, however, this is a tragedy. Aside from the fire, this monument is for by the Kilmarnock people for the Kilmarnock people. I understand that due to public liability, danger etc that the monument needs to be made safe. This does not mean fence it off so that none can appreciate this symbol of our rich heritage and past to the fullest. Colin Banks, Hobart, Tasmania

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AAHT - The Ayrshire Architectural Heritage Trust
The Ayrshire Architectural Heritage Trust, working to encourage the preservation of our built heritage

Common Ground Scotland
An Ayrshire based arts organisation, one of the potential users of a refurbished monumant

East Ayrshire Council
Local authority responsible for the care of the Burns Monument.

Historic Scotland
Historic Scotland cares for over 300 heritage sites throughout Scotland - all of which are open to the public.

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
Government body which records the archaeology and buildings of Scotland and makes this and other historical information available to the public through the NMRS (National Monuments Record of Scotland).

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