It was founded in 1863. As the title suggests, it’s incorporated two other newspapers since then. The first was the Ayrshire Weekly News and Galloway Press, which merged with the Standard shortly before the First World War. Then in 1966 it absorbed the Irvine Valley News and Galston Supplement (which itself was the result of the amalgamation of two newspapers, The Weekly Supplement and Advertiser, for Galston, Newmilns, Darvel and Hurlford and The Irvine Valley News and District Advertiser).
It’s published by Media Scotland (Scottish & Universal Newspapers Ltd until December 2011), a branch of the nationwide publishing group Trinity Mirror. The editorial offices are in Kilmarnock.
It comes out on Wednesday evenings.