Category Archives: Auld Kirk

Margaret Campbell Kirkland Collection

I wish to offer my sincere thanks to Marion Gilliland for getting in touch through the New Cumnock Heritage Facebook to consider if I would be interested in a looking at collection of photos, documents etc. from New Cumnock’s past … Continue reading

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The Callan Family: Grocers and Engine-keepers

When strolling  through the Auld Kirkyard at New Cumnock take time to pay your respects to the Callan family. But what is their story? JOHN CALLAN WHO DIED AT GATEHOUSE CONNELBURN 10 DEC 1864 AGED 30 YEARS ALSO MARY HUNTER … Continue reading

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Gibson & Lees and Letters & Shoe Leather

The headstones of John Gibson, John Lees and their families can be found in the Auld Kirkyard, New Cumnock. Although, there is no information on either stone to suggest any connection between these two men, they raised their families in … Continue reading

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Mansfield and Pathhead Collieries and the Auld Kirkyard

ROBERT KERR (1803-1864), Mansfield Colliery Robert Kerr was born in 1803 at Sanquhar the son of James Kerr (coal-agent) and Mary Milligan. He married Elizabeth Barrie and together they had four sons and two daughters, all born in Kirkconnel, where … 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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‘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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New Beginnings at the Auld Kirk

AULD KIRK RUINS Things 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 … Continue reading

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Uncovering our parish roots

Stone, Timber & Lime Conservation are have started the work on preserving the ruins of the Auld Kirk. Removing the roots of the ivy is beginning to reveal parts of the kirk that haven’t been seen for many years. The … Continue reading

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