Home ] Up ] Photo Galleries ] Town Guides ] Notables ] Community ] News ] Places ] History ] Search ] Contact Us ]


Is a village, in the parish of its name, and District of Carrick; 93 miles s w of Edinburgh (through Maybole and Ayr) 47 s by w of Glasgow, 46 sse of Portpatrick (by the new road, which is longer by three miles than along the coast) 37 nne of Straurarr, 30 s by w of Kilmarnock, 19 nne of Ballantrae, 15 s by e of Ayr, 7 from Maybole and 6 from Girvan. The situation of this village is not exceeded by any in the County for beauty; it is seated in a fine fertile valley near to the pellucill water of the Girvan, which is fed by a number of small streams, some of them descending through deed and woody glens admired for their picturesque and romantic loveliness; while the many elegant mansions of the affluent that are intersperced throughout the district, and the hoary ruins of two ancient castles, contribute to the general interest of the scenery.

The extent of the parish is six miles in length by about five in breadth; the uplands are bleak and pastoral; but the more level parts are well cultivated, enclosed and planted. Coal and limestone abound in several porions of the parish. The Duke and Duchess de Coigney, Sir James Ferguson and Sir Andrew Cathcart are the principal heritors 

The old parish church , dedicated to St Michael, has fallen to decay; the present structure, which is neat, was erected in 1766. A parochial, and a Sunday school, for the children of the poor, have been established in the parish, and there are two libraries supported by subscription in the village.

Post Office Mary Blair, Post mistress Letters from Maybole arrive every morning at eight and are despatched every afternoon at three.

Nobility, Gentry and Clergy
Cathcart, Captain 
Sir John Andrew of Carleton
Ferguson, Sir James bart of Killerran
Hill, Rev Alexander DD Manse
Kennedy, Thomas Francis Esq of Dalquharran
Wylie, William Anderson (factor to Sir James Ferguson. bart)

Shopkeepers and Traders
Blain, William - cooper 
Blair, Mary - clothier and grocer
Currie, John - sawyer 
Dick, Robert - King Arms Inn
Fulton, John - tailor 
Happle, John - shoemaker
Hunter, Saml - woodforester, Woodend 
Knox, William - grocer
Lauder, Alexander - blacksmith 
McClelland, Hugh - miller
McConnell, James - blacksmith 
McConnell, Primrose - blacksmith
McCrindle, Andrew - shopkeeper 
McCrindle, Hugh - tailor
McHarrie, Hugh - shopkeeper & spirit dealer 
McIlwraith, Ellen - grocer
McMurtrie, David - shopkeeper 
McMurtrie, William - shopkeeper & vinter
Rencastle, Catherine - shopkeeper
Sloan, James - grocer, draper & spirit dealer 
Turner, Alexander - shoemaker 
Vass, Andrew - surgeon 
Welsh, Robert - tailor & shopkeeper 
White, Samuel - baker & vinter 
Willett, Ivie - master of parochial school and librarian for subscription library 
Wilson, Agnes - shopkeeper 

Carriers To Ayr Matthew Robinson every Monday and William Harrison every Friday
To Glasgow & Kilmarnock Matthew Dickie every alternate Sat

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