Tag Archives: New Cumnock

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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Howatson of Craigdarroch

The headstone of Andrew Howatson of Craigdarroch and his family sits against the ruins of the Auld Kirk of New Cumnock in a place of note only a few yards from the lair of the Reverend Thomas Hunter, minister of … 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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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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