Category Archives: Headstones

Campbells of Dalhanna: Road Builders

Campbells of Dalhanna The Campbell family have a long association with the lands of Dalhanna (Over Dalhanna) in the lower reaches of Glen Afton in the parish of New Cumnock, legend has it perhaps from the times of Robert the … 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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Andrew Gibson – Burns, Lapraik and the Irish Football Association

Howard Gibson from Victoria, Australia a descendant of Andrew Gibson ( surgeon in New Cumnock ) recently visited the Auld Kirkyard at New Cumnock and I had the pleasure of joining him in seeking out some of his ancestors family … Continue reading

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Mother of the Cameronian Dreamer

At the top wall of the Auld Kirkyard near the Kirkport entrance is the family plot of John Lammie and his wife Margaret Lammie who lived at Sunnyside farm, New Cumnock. Margaret was the mother the celebrated poet James Hyslop, … 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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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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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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