North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

Kilwinning Abbey

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

Eglinton Castle

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

Robert Service Memorial Plaque

Kilwinning - Abbey and mercats

Segdoune Queens from 1947. No Queens 1954-76

Segdoune is an ancient name for Kilwinning, possibly meaning "Saint's town". Margaret Simpson was crowned the first Segdoune Queen in McGavin Park in 1947 following a carnival and fancy dress parade, complete with decorated floats and a Pipe band. The event was organised by the British legion, the Town Council and Kilwinning Co-op, and was held to raise funds for the Welcome Home Committee, the money going to help members of the Armed Forces demobbed after WW2.

Nowadays, the Queen is crowned in a ceremony in this square in the Main Street.

1947 Margaret Simpson; 1948 Betty Walker; 1949 May Morrison; 1950 Sybil Barclay; 1951 Betty Finlayson; 1952 Agnes Simpson; 1953 Margaret Ramage; 1977 Sandra Lauchlan; 1978 Lynn Thomson; 1979 Julie Coombe; 1980 Amanda Urie; 1981 Angela Thomson; 1982 Jacqueline Porter; 1983 Yvette Ramsay; 1984 Kirsty Louise Campbell; 1985 Lynn Simpson; 1986 Louise McIntee; 1987 Clare Kelly; 1988 Allison Muir; 1989 Maria Gillan; 1990 Claire McAlpine; 1991 Sarah McDonald; 1992 Lynsay Rankin; 1993 Carla Bunce; 1994 Marlene Fitzsimmons; 1995 Cheryl Burns; 1996 Carrie Anne Cochrane; 1997 Linsey Cockburn; 1998 Fiona McCarlie; 1999 Toni Sweeney; 2000 Nicola Weir; 2001 Angela Hunter; 2002 Jessica McKee; 2003 Karly Grimes; 2004 Leonie Neill; 2005 Shannon McCulloch; 2006 Emma Craig; 2007 Carly Malcolmson; 2008 Gemma Steven; 2009 Holly Robinson; 2010 Charis Fenney; 2011 Karah Murphy; 2012 Rachel Dean; 2013 Emily Reid; 2014 Lauren Caldwell.

The parade for the first Segdoune Queen, 1947.
The first Segdoune Queen, Margaret Simpson, in 1947 after her crowning in McGavin Park.

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