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KIRKOSWALD
Ayrshire Directory - 1837 - by Pigot & Co

Is a small and picturesque old village, in the parish of its name, and district of Carrick, 13 miles s from Ayr, and 4 from Maybole; situate on a line of road from Portpatrick to Glasgow - 90 miles from the former, and 48 (by the new road) from the latter town. The parish is highly interesting, as containing within its limits several objects of great attraction for the stranger and tourist. The sea-coast presents a sandy beach, with a beautiful rich award to the very sea-mark; and there are two lakes, from whence flow many small streams which wander through the district towards the sea. Of late years there have been raised various delightful plantations, particularly near the shore around Culzean Castle, the splendid seat of the Marques of Allan. The mansion, which is a fine specimen of ancient architecture, is placed on a rock overhanging the sea; and on the land side are delicious gardens, with a noble park of great extent. Not far from the castle is a fort mounted with thirteen guns, and a mortar battery, both kept in the most effective order. The surrounding scenery, combining all in wood, water and field that can form a glowing and varied landscape, may here be contemplated with both mental and optical transport. In a low valley, between Kirkoswald and Maybole, are the remains of the abbey of Crossraguell, founded by Duncan, first Earl of Carrick, and dedicated to the Virgin Mary: at one period it was possessed by Cluniac monks from Paisley; at the reformation it became the property of the Earl of Cassillis, in whose family it still remains; dilapidated as it now is, this abbey is the most entire in the west of Scotland. From the coast-road between Girvan and Maybole may be seen the ruins of Turnberry castle, once the residence and property of Robert Bruce. Within view of this memorial of former centuries, and not more than a mile from it, lies the farm of Shanter, once the residence of Douglas Graham, the immortalised hero of Burn's poem, "Tam-O-Shanter"; though that honour is disputed, by some, in favour of another farmer, called Thomas Reid. Post Office, Catherine McCrorie, Post mistress - Letters arrive from Maybole every night at a quarter before eleven, and are despatched every evening at half-past eight.

GENTRY AND CLERGY
Allan, Marquees of ,Culzean castle
Inglis, Rev. James, Manse

VINTERS
Brown James
Campbell, James
Dick, Gilbert
Grey, James
McCrorie, Thomas

SHOPKEEPERS & TRADERS
Boyle & Anderson, cartwrights and joiners
Brown, James, shopkeeper
Campbell, James, shopkeeper
Davidson, John, shoe maker
Dick, Gilbert, shopkeeper
Ferguson, Robert, tailor
Gilmour, James, mason
Grey, James, blacksmith
McClymont, Andrew, shoe maker
McCubbin, David, schoolmaster
McKergon, Peter, blacksmith
McMaster, Alexander, shoe maker
McMaster, Alexander, tailor
Orr, David, shopkeeper

COACHES
To Ayr and Glasgow, the "Royal Mail" (from Portpatrick), passes through every night at half-past eight, and the "Robert Burns" every Tuesday and Friday morning at half-past seven.
To Portpatrick, the "Royal Mail" (from Glasgow) passes through every night at a quarter before eleven.

CARRIERS
To Ayr, William Drynan, every Tuesday
To Glasgow, Robert Hannah, every Tuesday


This transcript was kindly provided by Keith Muirhead from the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.