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Robert Simson, West Kilbride’s Favorite Son

Robert Simson, West Kilbride’s Favorite Son

In West Kilbride, there exists a breathtaking structure, one of the oldest residences in the town and surrounding areas. A beautiful mansion, dating back to the start of the second half of the 17th century, Kirktonhall House is the area’s premier historical point. It was the birthplace of famed mathematician Robert Simson, of whom there is a monument nearby erected.

Robert Simson was a man born into a family that had his path decided for him. As many other families did in that era, the children were expected or generally followed in the footsteps of their fathers, or entered professions guided by their families. Robert Simson was no different. He was originally intended to enter the church. Logic was too string within him though and he decided on pursuing mathematics via university in Glasgow, where he gained his degree. Read the full story


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Young William Wallace

What led the young William Wallace down the path to greatness? To determine that, this article discusses Wallace’s early years and some of the motivations behind his struggle against the English in 13th century Scotland.

William Wallace has mysterious beginnings, as most legendry heroes do. Wallace is one of Scotland’s greatest heroes and the inspiration for Mel Gibson’s character in the movie Braveheart. Not only do reports of his life remain undecided on whether his father’s name was Malcolm or Allen, but even his birth year is debated. There is no question, however, that he is the standard for freedom and peace in his Scottish homeland. Read the full story


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