North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

Kerelaw Castle

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

Nobel's Explosive Factory

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

Stevenston Nelson's Folly, Cannon

Stevenston - Explore high explosives and deep mines

Ron Geesin, born 1943; musician and composer

Ron Geesin is a musician and composer who has worked in the music industry all his life. He has released albums and produced sound tracks for television and cinema. Famously he worked on Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother and received a rare credit on the album cover.

Ron was born on 17th December 1943 in Buckredden Maternity Hospital in Kilwinning (as was the norm then). And then brought up in the family home in Stevenston until moving as a small boy. Now read Ron's own word s about his early life and the origins of his unusual name:

My father, Kenneth Frederick Geesin (b. 1913) got a job at the Glengarnock branch of Colvilles Constructional Ltd. where he met my mother, Joyce Malcolm, who lived in Glengarnock and was working in the main Colvilles Ltd. office. They got married in Glasgow 'to be swanky' and managed to get a house in Stevenston, 21 Hillcrest Drive. It was cheap because it was near the Ardeer Factory, and if the German's had hit that, there would have been no house!

The name Geesin comes from the village of Gissing in Norfolk. The progression goes: Gyssynge (Norfolk, C14); Geesing (Leicestershire, C16); Geesin (Leicestershire, C18). Those who could not write almost always got 'Geeson' written for them.

From one large family in Muston, Leics., in 1850, one brother moved to Gateshead and two emigrated to America, one of whom formed the existing American branch of Geesin. My paternal Grandfather, from the Gateshead branch, became an engineer and moved around Britain a lot: Gateshead; London; Bournemouth; Glasgow; Lutterworth, where my father was born. Following on in that pattern, my father duly deposited me in Ayrshire! All this could be explained as part of the 20th century explosion as a direct result of the Industrial Revolution, much propelled by Mr. Nobel!!

Ron is still being creative - releasing new music and most recently publishing his history of the making of Atom Heart Mother 'The Flaming Cow'.

With my parents in the back garden of 21 Hillcrest Drive, most probably 1946/03, judging by buds on tree.
Two early portraits.
How I am, and what I like!.

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