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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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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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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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Stamp Brae or Stank Brae?

The main thoroughfare through the village of New Cumnock is known as Castle, named after Cumnock Castle, the ancient seat of the barons of Cumnock, which once stood here on a hill overlooking the meeting place of the Afton Water … Continue reading

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New Cumnock Railway Station – John Miller Plaque

THE GLASGOW, DUMFRIES & CARLISLE RAILWAY LEGACY OF JOHN MILLER, CE FRSE Commemorated by a plaque at New Cumnock Station on 2 May 2013 by Professor Roland Paxton  MBE FICE FRSE (Vice Chairman ICE Panel for Historical Engineering Works ) … Continue reading

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From the Fields of New Cumnock to Flanders Fields

A stroll around the Auld Kirkyard of New Cumnock will reveal the names of some of those parishioners that fell in the Great War dearly remembered on family headstones . Familiar local place names such as Dalricket, Roughside, Connel Bridge … Continue reading

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Ayrshire and Arran Tourism Strategy

On 14th February, 2011, the Ayrshire Economic Partnership (AEP) made a commitment to work together to strengthen and develop the tourism sector in Ayrshire & Arran by supporting business growth, creating jobs and improving our communities. This Ayrshire & Arran … Continue reading

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