In 1953 I started as an apprentice in the Irvine Valley News in Newmilns, where I still live.
When my time was out I did two years National Service, then, on demob in 1960, after being interviewed by W. Dunlop, I got a job as a compositor in the Advertiser, where I stayed for just over a year.
I was interested to see the photograph of T M Gemmell, the man who destroyed what surely today would have been one of Scotlands national treasures.
This press had been operated by a young Benjamin Franklin, who served his apprenticeship as a printer.
The places named have to be in areas where I can make a case that similar alteration under Norse influence is unlikely.
That cuts out most of Dumfriesshire, and probably the coastal stretch of Galloway. From Bill Morton, : This suggestion may be totally wrong as I am no expert but is it possible that the farm of Skellyhill at the end of the road which starts at Kirkland Road in Darvel is the location you are looking for?
If your interests lie in family history, you may find Ayrshire Family History Societies and related sites useful. I can't find it on online OS maps, old or modern, Nor can I see it on the old maps on the National Library of Scotland website, which I can only search visually.
I had previously looked through the volumes of early Scottish public records for Ayrshire items starting with Sk-, without coming across it.
In the early nineteen-seventies, when Kilmarnock town centre was being improved, it was suggested that there might be built a museum of local history, with a replica of Wilsons press as the centrepiece.