Andrew McLean May (1880 - 1971):
Andrew May was born in Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire and was Keeper of the Tropical House of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. He came to Coleraine in 1914 as Horticultural Instructor for County Londonderry and his job necessitated traveling in the countryside, which facilitated his love of archaeology. He recorded carefully all sites and artefacts that came to his notice. He was a keen angler and played competitive ten-nis and badminton. He was a member of the Route Naturalists' Field Club, Coleraine Angling Club, the Coleraine Art Society, and was a fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society. In 1969 he was the first Honorary Member of the Ulster Archaeological Society. He was responsible for horticulture and rural science being added to the syllabus in Ulster schools. He excavated Portbraddan cave in 1931; sites near Portstewart; Gortcorbies, and Cornaclaery, near Garvagh and worked on the Beaghmore stone cir-cles, County Tyrone. He contributed the County Londonderry section to the Preliminary Survey of the Ancient Monuments of Northern Ireland and was a member of the Northern Ireland Ancient Monuments Advisory Council from 1937. He published many articles in archaeological journals and collected five thousand artefacts.