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New Cumnock Interactive on Future Museum

We are delighted to announce that the New Cumnock Interactive and Discovery Quiz is now live on Future Museum a partnership between East Ayrshire Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, North Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Council and the independent museums of … Continue reading

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New Cumnock Primary School Presentation

New Cumnock Primary School Presentation It was a great pleasure to hand over an Ipad containing the interactive New Cumnock Auld Kirkyard and Village Heritage Trail application to Mary Smith , Head Teacher at New Cumnock Primary School and a … Continue reading

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Auld Kirkyard Ribbon Cutting

  Members of the ‘Improving New Cumnock group’ marked the completion of the work carried out in the Auld Kirkyard and Village Heritage Trail with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Auld Kirkyard gates on Sunday. Project Leader Bobby Guthrie led … Continue reading

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Afton Hotel and the Auld Kirkyard

I. ANDREW GIBSON (1793-?):  Surgeon Andrew Gibson, surgeon, was one of seven professional persons in New Cumnock listed in the Ayrshire Directory of 1837, the others being the school master, four teachers and a physician.   Andrew lived with his … Continue reading

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John Paterson – Banker

One of the headstones that we have selected for the School Discovery trail is that of William Hunter. In 1860, the City of Glasgow Bank opened a branch at Pathhead with William as its agent – the first banker in … Continue reading

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My Collier laddie

In 1833 a new parish church was erected to serve the growing population of New Cumnock and the original church ceased to function in that role and then quickly as the Auld Kirk it soon fell into ruin. The kirkyard continued to … Continue reading

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The Kirk’s Alarm and New Cumnock Connections

Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) In 1789 Robert Burns penned ‘The Kirk of Scotland’s Garland” or “The Kirk’s Alarm” as it is better known. Inspired by the reaction of a band of Ayrshire ministers set in their old ways (Auld … Continue reading

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‘Celebration and Thanksgiving’

The New Cumnock Liaison Group (NCLG) held a ‘Celebration and Thanksgiving’ event in the New Cumnock Parish Church to mark the completion of major milestones in the Auld Kirk and Village Heritage trail project, which in partnership with East Ayrshire … Continue reading

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Village Heritage Trail takes shape

The Borders Signs and Graphics team from Dumfries arrived at New Cumnock on Wednesday morning to start the installation of the Interpretation Panels .We began by walking round the trail and marking out each out of the locations in turn … Continue reading

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Auld Kirkyard connections with Canadian Forces

Today on Armistice Day the words of the epic war poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ are close to mind, written by John Alexander McCrae , a Canadian with strong roots in New Cumnock. His great great grandfather Ivie Campbell lies in … Continue reading

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