Sheriff of Ayr

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The Sheriff of Ayr was historically the royal official responsible for enforcing law and order in Ayr, Scotland and bringing criminals to justice. Sundrum Castle was used by the sheriff from the 14th century, and Loudoun Castle from the 16th century.

Past sheriffs[edit]

  • William Alexander Orr Paterson, Esq. (?? - 1901) deceased[2]
  • John Campbell Shairp, Esq., Advocate (3 May 1901 - ???) previously Sheriff-substitute of the Sheriffdom of Argyllshire[2]


  1. ^ a b c Young, Alan (1990), "Noble families and political factions in the reign of Alexander III", in Reid, Norman H., Scotland in the reign of Alexander III, 1249–1286, John Donald, pp. 1–30, ISBN 0 85976218 1 .
  2. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 27311. p. 3124. 7 May 1901.