Tag Archives: Auld Kirkyard

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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Auld Kirkyard Remembrance Sunday

‘DWELLERS ALL IN TIME AND SPACE’ Take a walk through the Auld Kirkyard and there you will find names of several soldiers remembered on family tombstones – alongside unforgettable names such as Somme, Gallipoli and Palestine carved into  aging stone. … Continue reading

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New Cumnock Community Action Plan 2014-2019

Had a fantastic time at the New Cumnock Community Action Plan event in the Community Centre. What a tremendous turnout and great to see so many people taking an active interest and having their say in shaping our future.  Add … Continue reading

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Help for our Heroes

Russell Brookes and his team from Ayrshire Memorials have made great progress on the four soldier headstones we thought worthy of the most immediate attention. Below we have some before and after photographs we would like to share. William Sloan, … 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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Stone, Timber and Lime Conservation

On Wednesday I met with Stephen Kerr and Wendy Corrigan of our project conservation architects Wylie Shanks Architect at their Glasgow Office and was introduced to Graeme Frew of Stone, Timber and Lime Conservation who will be carrying out the … Continue reading

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