New Beginnings at the Auld Kirk

AULD KIRK RUINS

aa_HLF_auldkirk01Things are moving along at a great pace in the Auld Kirk.

  • Vegetation has been removed from the ruin to reveal parts of the Auld Kirk that have never been seen for generations.
  • The next phase includes essential masonry repairs to part of the ruins.
  • Followed by a programme of lime pointing

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HEADSTONES

Work has started on cleaning and repairing some of the headstones

Reverend Thomas Hunter

The lair of the Reverend Thomas Hunter and his family lies against the Auld Kirk walls. He served the parish for 50 years and died in 1760, aged 95 years.  His first spouse Christian Ker lies and son Joseph lie buried here too.

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Soldiers

A number of the family headstones which remember their sons fallen in the Great War required to re-set in new foundations.  Local firm Ayrshire Memorials from Auchinleck came to the rescue with an amazing piece of kit that could lift the fallen stones, some weighing 1.5 – 2 tonnes.

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  • Ayrshire Memorials at work

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New foundations with securing pins now in place.

Of course on occasions the Auld Kirkyard doesn’t only allow us ‘to walk in the footsteps of  our ancestors’ it delivers some wonderful sunsets.

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