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New Cumnock’s Fallen in Northern Russia

Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice  between the Allies of World War I and Germany “on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918” in France. While the news … Continue reading

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Robert the Bruce, King of Scots victory over Edward II, King of England at the Battle of Bannockburn in June 1314, is celebrated in the adopted national anthem “Flower of Scotland” and ends with the taunt of proud Edward being … Continue reading

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A Letter from Glenafton’s past.

Glenafton Athletic were delighted to receive the ‘Minute of Agreement’ between new signing Peter McDonald and the club dating from September 1947 from Alex Christie from Irvine. He also provided a letter from the club secretary sent to the player … Continue reading

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Glenafton Athletic: The beginning

Last week Scotland’s People published the Valuation Rolls of 1930 which lists every house or piece of ground, along with the names and designations of the proprietor, tenant and occupier in Scotland of that year.   This was a special year … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of the SS Hilda

On 17th November 1905 the steamship SS Hilda set sail from Southampton at 22:00 on her regular service to Saint-Malo in Brittany, France by way of the Channel Islands. However, thick fog delayed the voyage forcing the Hilda to anchor … Continue reading

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Burns Night Connections

On this day the 25th January 1759 Robert Burns, the son of William Burn and Agnes Brown, was born at Alloway. The following day he was baptised at Alloway Kirk by the Reverend William Dalrymple. In later years Dalrymple would … Continue reading

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Knockshinnoch – The Rescued Men

The Knockshinnoch Disaster of Thursday 7th September 1950 is remembered for the tragic loss of 13 men (more here) and the subsequent heroic rescue of 116 men trapped brought to the surface over two days later (more here). Overman Andrew … Continue reading

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The Knockshinnoch Rescue

The Knockshinnoch Disaster “The accident occurred about 7.30 p.m., whilst the afternoon shift was at work, on Thursday, 7th September, 1950, when a large volume of liquid peat or moss suddenly broke through from the surface into the No. 5 … Continue reading

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65th Anniversary of The Knockshinnoch Disaster

Knockshinnoch is probably the most evocative name in the parish of New Cumnock and in the past sixty-five years the name often precedes the word ‘Disaster’. Knockshinnoch conjures up mixed emotions. In the darker moments we grieve for the 13 … Continue reading

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‘The Wallace’, New Cumnock and Barrhead

The Wallace Today 3rd August is the eve of the feast of St. Dominic and accepted as the day in 1305 that our patriot Sir William Wallace was said to have been betrayed and captured at Robroyston near Glasgow. Initially … Continue reading

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