About Us

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Kilmarnock is a town in East Ayrshire, Central West of Scotland which has a strong historic association with engineering and science.  For most of the last century Kilmarnock was dominated by three major engineering companies; Glenfield and Kennedy (power plant accessories), Andrew Barclay and Sons (locomotive manufacturers) and Blackwood and Morton (carpet makers - BMK).  BMK

In addition Kilmarnock was the home of the engineering works of the Glasgow and South Western Railways (later in 1923 to become LMS) where around 400 locomotives were built.

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In science, Kilmarnock Academy is proud to claim two of its former pupils as Nobel Laureates; Alexander Fleming (The Nobel Prize in Medicine 1945) and John Boyd Orr (doctor and biologist and Nobel Peace Prize 1949).

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In view of the strong association of Kilmarnock with engineering and science, a society entitled, 
The Kilmarnock Engineering and Science Society” (KESS), was initiated in 2012.