Category Archives: New Cumnock

The Feuding Hamiltons

Complaint by George Hamilton in Westland and others against Patrick Hamilton in Colcreoch and others for assault on their persons – Edinburgh 28th June, 1642 – Complaint by George Hamilton in Westland, William Hamilton of Garrive, William Reid in Craigdarroch, … 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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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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‘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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The Gudgick Stane , Temple Brae and Cairnhill

Growing up in Dalhanna Drive, New Cumnock the usual route to head down the town was  by way of the shortcut in the spare ground at the back of the drive to join up with the Temple Brae at the … Continue reading

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Mass Murder at Cumnock Kirk

The Barony of Cumnock The early 16th century was a time of significant change and great optimism in the Barony of Cumnock. In 1509, James IV created Cumnock a Burgh in barony – ‘James, by the grace of God, King … Continue reading

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The Polquhirter Muse

Polquhirter Burn in the parish of New Cumnock is a tributary of the mighty River Nith which  rises in the hills of New Cumnock before meandering through the parish and leaving Ayrshire to cut its way through Dumfriesshire and finally … Continue reading

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