The book comes a few years after the Chronicle and its sister papers ran two supplements detailing dozens of Ayrshire Heroes.

The digital project - created and funded by the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry - was officially launched by Scots Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop on Friday (April 26).

Sir John Witherspoon (1722-1794) Beith (signatory American Independence) 14.

John Murdoch (1747-1824) Ayr (teacher to Robert Burns) 20.

Gilbert Blane (1749-1834) Kirkoswald (physician to the fleet) 21.

"We've worked on this for four months and I believe we've delivered exciting content and used the latest technology to bring to life Ayrshire's famous characters from down the centuries." *Ayrshire's Famous People can be freely accessed at Twenty: 1.

Richard Oswald (1705-1784) Auchincruive (signatory Treaty of Paris) 2. David Dale (1739-1806) Stewarton (cotton Merchant/social visionary) 4.

And it could be expanded if local people contact the Prestwick-based Chamber with recommendations for new entrants.

Craig Johnstone, boss of the Dundonald-based digital media firm Giglets which produced the book, said: "Children are at the forefront of the i Pad and tablet revolution so an ebook was the natural target to reach our audience.Colonel William Fullerton (1754-1808) Troon (soldier/statesman) 22.William Murdoch (1754-1839) Lugar, Cumnock (gas lighting inventor) 23.Alexander Fleming (1881-1955) Darvel (discovered penicillin) 15. Nicola Benedetti (1987) West Kilbride (classical violinist) Famous Ayrshire People: 1. James Dalrymple (1619-1695) Barr (philosopher/judge) 3. Lady Margaret Dalrymple (1680-1779)Stair (Countess of Loudoun, gardener) 10.Bill Shankly (1913-1981) Glenbuck (Liverpool FC manager) 16. Sir Tom Hunter (1961) New Cumnock (tycoon/philanthropist) 18. Andrew Michael Ramsay (1686-1743) Ayr (writer/chevalier) 11.THE 'Ayrshire's Famous People' book detailing the county's greatest people is now available online.