Pauline's mum had a booklet in the house 'Ayr as it was and as it is now' which showed the above photograph. It is Ayr prison built in 1822 - we didn't even know that the town ever had a prison! Apparently in May 1854 six men were hung from gallows built in front of the wall you see in the background - don't know why? The prison was demolished in 1931 and replaced by the current county buildings below.
The fountain in the foreground was donated by a Glasgow foundry in 1892 and it sits in the renamed 'Place de St.Germaine-en -Laye' which is the French town Ayr is 'twinned' with.