Front of Sailors' loft - where did Master Craftsman meet
Apprentice in carving?
Note moveable font frame - a previous minister was left-handed.
John Welch window to east of pulpit - Welch (son-in-law of John
Knox) was Wyatt Earp-type of personality; Ayr in 1600-1604 was wild town,
he often separated warring factions on streets, provided meal and restored
Under Trades' loft :
• Boys Brigade window (2nd Ayr Company) given at their centenary;
• memorial tablet to Eric D Gairdner, military surgeon and a perfect gentleman,
holder of Croix de Guerre and Distinguished Service Order (DSO);
• modern Flaming Window (Burning Bush is symbol of Church of Scotland) -
Dittany plant (see Exodus 3 v3) - note also motto (Latin) 'nec tamen
consumebatur' : 'burning but not consumed' - cross incorporates pillar of
• in end wall, Cairns Duncan window - memorial to previous minister (1886-1926)
who set up Clog fund for barefoot children and went round pubs collecting -
includes Auld Kirk at bottom left, Christ as child, St Cecilia, Arran hills,
New Jerusalem and Burning Bush; also memorial to Lt Col William Smith and
• note box pews, once occupied by Session Clerk.;
• Burns pew and Burns statue (replica of one in Burns Statue Sq.).
In front of pulpit and facing doorway :
• on immediate left, tablet for 7th centenary of Ayr Academy in 1933 (close
links between church and school);
• glass case containing Deed of Gift letter from Colonel Alured;
• Fastl plaque (memorial to Rev Gillieson) - lists all ministers of Auld Kirk
(Second Charge and First).