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Catrine, (Ayrshire), United Kingdom

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The Mill Square is an open green area, situated in the heart of the beautiful historical Ayrshire village of Catrine:


Catrine today is a picturesque village of around 2500 inhabitants. The site of the former bleaching works of Messrs Finlay & Co. is now occupied by Glen Catrine Bond who bottle whisky & vodka and market them under a number of different brand names.

In 2006, the so-called Catrine Voes (the reservoirs to the former cotton works), the Radical Brae and the Chapel Brae were designated as a Local Nature Reserve. The weir, the reservoirs and other structures (lades, tunnels and suchlike) comprise a Scheduled Ancient Monument and are in the ownership of Catrine Community Trust (formerly Catrine Voes Trust),a charitable trust. Catrine Community Trust is actively engaged in seeking funding to conserve and restore these for future generations to enjoy.


Catrine was designed as a model village around one of the first cotton mills in Scotland in 1787 by Claude Alexander of Ballochmyle (Paymaster General in India) and David Dale. A plan of Catrine at that time shows the hamlet consisted of eleven buildings, including a smithy and corn mill.

In the beginning of the 19th century, the factory was purchased by Messrs James Finlay & Co., of Glasgow.

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