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Did you know that a side-road at Sauchie House (just outside Ayr) was the first in the world to be tarmacked? The house belonged to John Loudon McAdam , who purchased it having been forced out of America for his loyalist sympathies during the War of Independence . Back in his native Scotland he experimented with road construction, evolving a relatively cheap system of cambered layers of stones (large topped by small) which traffic itself compacted.

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Jim Sillars
John Loudon McAdam
Willie Ross

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Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses. - Elizabeth Taylor
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On this day:
The Battle of Langside - 1568, First convicts sent to Australia - 1787, Churchill forms Wartime Coalition Government - 1940
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