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Prestwick

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Prestwick is a town in South Ayrshire on the south-west coast of Scotland, about 30mi south-west of Glasgow. It adjoins the larger town of Ayr, the centre of which is about 2mi south. It had a population of 14,934 at the 2001 census.The town is served by Glasgow Prestwick Airport, which serves many European destinations as well as transatlantic and other international cargo flights.The town was the first home of the Open Golf Championship, which was played on the Prestwick Old Course from 1860 to 1872.LocationPrestwick lies on the south-west coast of Scotland, approximately 30mi to the south west of Glasgow. It adjoins the larger town of Ayr, the centre of which is approximately 2mi south. To the north of Prestwick is the small village of Monkton.HistoryPrestwick's name comes from the Old English for, priest's farm: preost meaning "priest" and wic meaning "farm". The town was originally an outlying farm of a religious house.From Robert the Bruce to James VI, King of Scots, numerous Kings have traversed the coastal walks in and around Prestwick and Troon. Bruce is reputed to have been cured of leprosy by the waters of the well at St Ninians church. The well still exists behind the church.
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