Tag Archives: New Cumnock

From New Cumnock to Newcastle

LANEMARK FOOTBALL CLUB Lanemark Football Club was formed in 1875 with many of the players already turning out for the existing Lanemark Cricket Club under the auspices of the Lanemark Coal Company. The company worked the coalfield in the vicinity … 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 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 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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Seaforth House – What’s in a name?

 Seaforth House and Furnace Row In the photo below from ‘Old New Cumnock’ by Donald McIver [1] the row of cottages on the left is the Furnace Row while on the other side of the Furnace Road sits Seaforth House. … 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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Afton’s Laird and the Father of Auckland

John Logan and Martha McAdam On the wall of Laight Farm in glorious Glen Afton in the parish of New Cumnock is a memorial plaque to John Logan of Knockshinnoch and Laight to celebrate his support of his acquaintance Robert … Continue reading

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Black History Month

To mark Black History month Ayrshire Archives have created an excellent on-line exhibition which can be accessed here. The exhibition covers a number of topics in chronological order and below an attempt is made to supplement the research with some … Continue reading

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National Poetry Day and New Cumnock Herd Fair

Today is National Poetry Day with a theme of water. This combination for most New Cumnockians would bring one work to mind  – our national bard Robert Burns‘ world famous tribute to Afton Water , his romantic ‘Sweet Afton’. Of … 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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