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History

The firm of Thomas McKellar and Sons was established in 1870 when the present owner’s great-grandfather migrated from Mull to the small Ayrshire village of Moscow. Duncan McKellar set up his carpentry and undertakers business there for a few years before moving to the historic covenanting village of Fenwick. He married a farmer’s daughter from Galston called Catherine Parker and one of their sons became a blacksmith in Kirkoswald. Another son, Thomas, joined his father in the business and married Annie Watt Cameron of Langside Farm, Fenwick. They had three sons, Duncan, William and Thomas who expanded the trade of joiners, building contractors, motor body builders and funeral undertakers in the areas of Fenwick, Stewarton, Dunlop, Kilmaurs and Kilmarnock. In 1993 the company changed to Funeral Directors only, with offices in Stewarton and Kilmarnock.

The aim of this independent family Funeral Directors is to give people a service they require at a difficult and vulnerable time in their lives, offered with professionalism, compassion and dignity.

Duncan McKellar married Jean Craig Picken, from Dunlop, in 1951. The business is managed today by their son, Tom, the fourth generation of the family, who has two children, Louise and Cameron. Tom is a member of Kilmarnock Rotary Club and his main interest is music, formerly singing with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus and organist/choirmaster at Holy Trinity Church, Kilmarnock.

Louise joined the company full time in 2012 after working for several years for Citizens Advice and running an audio visual company with her brother. Louise has a BA (Hons) in Psychology & Sociology and is also a keen musician, singing and playing bass for many years in Pulse wedding band and playing Eb bass with Newmilns & Galston Brass Band.

Cameron worked as a sound engineer for many years, most recently with Disney, and has a BA (Hons) in Creative Sound Production. He has worked in the family business part-time since he was sixteen and became a full-time member of staff in 2017. Cameron enjoys sports including rugby and football and is a member of Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club.

Bobby Russell, joined the company in 2007 after retiring from Royal Mail. Bobby’s main interest is football and he is well known in the local area for his dedicated service to Young Kilmarnock football team.