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 – what’s in a  name?


The village of New Cumnock developed around 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 meeting of waters which may have given rise to the place-name Cumnock from Gaelic comunn achadh ‘meeting place’.

Auld Kirk, New Cumnock01

In 1650 the original parish of Cumnock was divided into the two new parishes of Old Cumnock and New Cumnock. The parish of Old Cumnock was served by the existing or ‘old’ church while the parish of New Cumnock was served by a ‘new’ church built in 1659, the ruins of which can still be seen today.


Heritage Projects

New Cumnock Auld Kirk and Village Heritage Project

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Memorial to the Arthur Memorial Church