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.

Latest Editions

  • 1st July 2016
  • Auld Kirkyard Trail Project/
  • Auld Kirkyard Trails/Soldiers trail/ S4:Walter Scott Murphy /The Bluebell Soldier
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  • New Cumnock Auld Kirk and Village Heritage Trail  ….  check out our progress here

New Cumnock – what’s in a  name?


Pont: Nithsdale . National Library of Scotland

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’.

Auld Kirk, New Cumnock01

Auld Kirk, New Cumnock

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.