Ayrshire Directory 1837 by Pigot & Co
Is a small village, in the parish of its name, and
District of Kyle; 76 miles from Edinburgh, six from Ayr, five from Maybole and
four from Kirkmichael; pleasantly situate on the banks of the Doon. The parish,
which is almost eight miles at its extreme length, and three in breadth,
occupies some beautiful undulating and flat land, mostly ariable. In the upper
portion of the parish is a coal mine, and in some other parts, lime abounds. The
principal land proprietors are the Marques of Allan, R.A. Oswald Esq., the Hon.
Mrs Leslie Cumming, and Andrew Hunter Esq. The name "Dalrymple" is
said to be derived from "Dalrymole" signifying "the dale on which
the king was slain", and it is supposed that Coilus, a king of the Britons,
was killed in battle in this place; its Gaelic name, however, was "Dail-A-Chrium-Puill"
or dale of the crooked pool. Near the Roman road, which intersects the parish,
was found, in a moss, a vessel of Roman bronze, by antiquarians conjectured to
be that kind used by priests in their sacrificial oblations; and in 1834 was
discovered, near the same spot, an ancient vase; both these relics are in
possession of the Rev. Mr Wallace, the minister of the parish and master of the
highly respectable boarding school. In this parish are three British fortlets,
on commanding sites, ant the ruins of three castles; these, with the beautiful
loch of Marianham(*), the waters of which are covered annually with yellow and
white water-lily, are objectss of considerable interest and curiosity with the
visitors to this district.
Post Letters arrive from and are forwarded to Ayr by a carrier twice a week.
NOBILITY GENTRY & CLERGY
Cuninghame, Sir James Montgomery, bart of Corserill Skeltion (*)
Hodson, Capt Brian RN Hollybush
McBeath, James Surgeon RN Bartleston cottage
Wallace, Rev. Robert (and boarding academy) manse
SHOPKEEPERS & TRADERS
Baird, William shoe maker
Dalziel, James cooper
Mathieson, William blacksmith
Porteous, William schoolmaster
Ramsay, David hosier
Rodic (or Rodie) James tailor
Rodman, William shoe maker
Syminton, Henry vinter
To Ayr David Mitchell every Tuesday and Friday morning
(*) Names are approximate - difficult to read from the fische.
This transcript was kindly provided by Keith
Muirhead from the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.