Welcome to New Cumnock, Gateway to Ayrshire
Through these pages we look to forward to revealing, sharing, understanding , enjoying, promoting and preserving the rich heritage of the parish of New Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland. To better appreciate Scotland’s place in the world let’s appreciate and celebrate New Cumnock’s place in Scotland.
- New Cumnock Auld Kirk and Village Heritage Trail …. check out our progress here
- Please download our heritage Village Heritage Trail
New Cumnock – what’s in a name?
The village of New Cumnock developed around and about the site of Cumnock Castle, the ancient seat of the barons of Cumnock that once stood here overlooking the confluence of the River Nith and Afton Water. It is this confluence which may have given rise to the place-name Cumnock from Gaelic comunn achadh ‘meeting place’.
In 1650 the original parish of Cumnock was divided into the two new parishes of Old Cumnock and New Cumnock, the new parish church putting the ‘new’ into New Cumnock.