Dreghorn is a relatively small parish in terms of area. It lies east of Irvine and west of Kilmarnock, centred around the cross-roads village of Dreghorn. Dreghorn grew considerably in the Industrial Revolution of the late 19th century, but the coal mining and brick making industries have now vanished. Latterly Dreghorn has become involved in the residential development of Irvine New Town.
Dreghorn was the birthplace of John Boyd Dunlop [1840 - 1921], the Veterinary Surgeon and the inventor of pneumatic tyres. Dunlop, who founded the rubber company that bears his name, studied veterinary medicine at Edinburgh University before setting up a practice in Ireland, near Belfast, in 1867. In 1887, to help his child win a tricycle race, he bound an inflated rubber hose to the wheels. The same year he developed commercially practical pneumatic tyres for bicycles and cars, first patented in 1846 by another Scot, Robert William Thomson (1822-1873).
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