North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

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Kerelaw Castle

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

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Nobel's Explosive Factory

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

Stevenston Nelson's Folly, Cannon

Stevenston - Explore high explosives and deep mines

Edward Boyd, 1916-1989; writer

Edward Boyd was a crime writer who produced mainly radio, television and film scripts. Boyd was born in Stevenston on 11 May 1916 at 5 Townhead Street (now the site of the Christian Fellowship Church car park).

He created TV series such as The Odd Man (1960-63), The Corridor People (1966) and The View from Daniel Pike (1971-73) starring Roddy McMillan as a Glaswegian private detective. His film work included Robbery (1967) which starred Stanley Baker and Frank Finlay. This won him the 1968 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best British Original Screenplay which he shared with Peter Yates and George Markstein.

Some of his scripts were adapted for book form with other authors such as the above The View from Daniel Pike with Bill Knox. The Dark Number which he co-wrote with Roger Parkes in 1973 won the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière International Prize in 1975.

He died in Glasgow on 17 December 1989 and a collection of his scripts was deposited with University of Glasgow Library.

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Looking south up Townhead Street where Edward Boyd was born. Image c.1905.
Looking south up Townhead Street where Edward Boyd was born. Image c.1985.
Police visit to Stevenston Higher School c.1985. Boyd made his career out of crime fiction.

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