- Robert MacKenzie Fisher, Ship's Carpenter & Poet Born at Prestwick, near Ayr, in 1840, the son of a handloom weaver. His mother having died when he was five years of age, he was placed under the care of his grandfather at Maybole. There are specimens of his precocious skill in word-painting, giving evidence of his poetic powers when only about fifteen years of age. As a poet, his versification is smooth, his thoughts natural, and many of his verses show the tender side of the poet's nature. In his own words, his "Hame-Spun thochts are best expressed, In mither tongue - they're aye the best." [from "Modern Scottish Poets" by D. H. Edwards, Brechin, 1883]
Pairtin' wi' the Weans.
I'm troubled wi' the muse sometimes
She gars me steep my brains,
When better things than makin' rhymes
Wad answer wife and weans.
I often chance to leave my hame
For sake o' worldly gains,
Tae places that I needna name
Unless tae wife and weans.
Wi' mirth and glee their wee hearts glow,
They sing in joyful strains,
Till duty calls and I must go
And leave my steerin' weans.
The scene is changed, their hearts are sad,
The tear each wee cheek stains,
They ken they're gaun tae lose their dad-
This lot o' greetin' weans.
I try to quaiten doon the noise,
And soothe their fitful pains,
By promisin' tae bring them toys
If they'll be a' guid weans.
Wee Mary rins tae get my hat,
While Jack and Will maintains
That they're the anes that should get that-
O! what contentious weans.
If onything there is on earth
From which my heart refrains,
It's stoppin' a' their childish mirth,
And partin' wi' the weans.
While struggling through this world's strife,
There's nocht for me remains
But seek to live a happy life
Alang wi' wife and weans.
- Agnes McKenzie Fisher Conway, mother to 11, lived to 96 years of age Sister of Rober MacKenzie Fisher, above, Agnes was a kitchenmaid at Orangefield House in Prestwick in her early days. Orangefield House became the site of what is now Prestwick Airport. Agnes and James CONWAY had eleven children, 6 daughters and 5 sons. Four of their sons became ministers of the Church.
- Jeannie Milne, eccentric spinster, Murdered, unsolved cold case Newspaper headlines - Fiendish Murder at West Ferry Where Wealthy Lady is Brutally Done to Death - Three Week's Old Crime Brought to Light - Mysterious Assailant Leaves No Clue.
... who may not be related - but some are, or might be! Certainly they are people bearing a name that has interest to many of us.