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Cumnock Monumental Inscriptions

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Cumnock has two large cemeteries, one dating from the 17th century in Barrhill Road and a more modern one in Glaisnock Street. A feature of the old cemetery is a fenced off section where a number of convenanters are buried, nos 527-534 the most notable of which is the Rev. Alex Peden. He was born at Auchincloich, parish of Sorn in 1626, was minister at New Luce 1660-1663 when like many other ministers he was discharged. For the next ten years he preached in Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway and Ireland until he was arrested and imprisoned on the Bass Rock. The exile lasted for 5 years after which he went on trial and was sentenced to banishment in America for life. But the sentence was never carried out, Peden and his fellow prisoners were released at Gravesend. He returned to Ayrshire shortly afterwards and continued to preach, all the time pursued by troops, until his natural death in his brothers house near Sorn in 1686. He was interred in Auchinleck churchyard but so hated was he by the troupers that a group of them dug up the corpse six weeks later with the intention of hanging it on the gallows tree at Cumnock. The intervention of the Earl of Dumfries preventing this from happening and instead the body was finally buried at the foot of the tree. In time this place came to be the public burial ground of Cumnock as the local people expressed the wish to be buried near him.

Note:-   John Baird No. 485 a draper who bequeathed the money for the Baird Museum which opened in 1891 three years after his death.

  Information taken from PRE 1918 GRAVESTONE INSCRIPTIONS FOR CUMNOCK AND DOON VALLEY AYR  

 

CUMNOCK NEW CEMETERY  

 

3. ILMO Jas Baird 11.6.1932 age 81 (1851), 2s John (1881) d Bisley 17.7.1911 age 30, w Mary Campbell 25.12.1912 age 77, 1s Alex d Bolton 2.7.1939 age 64 (1875) da Jane Young 12.5.1949 age 72  

32. Er Sam Baird 28.7.1902 age65 (1837) IMO w Jane Howat 11.6.1893 age 53.  

33. Er Eliz Baird d Fenwick (1850) 21.10.1934 age 84, ILMO Hus Jas Cook 7.4.1906 age 63  

56 Er Jas White 8.9.1910 age70, ILMO w Agnes Baird (1842) 18.12.1907 age 65, da Agnes 1.10.1957 age 83, da Mary 5.11.1962 age 88.  

128. ILMO Jean Baird d Campbeltown Cott, Cumnock (1842) 12.3.1906 age 64, hus Wm Crichton 23.10.1915 age 75.  

163. Er Dugald Baird (1860) d Prestwick 21.9.1947 age 87, ilmo s Percy 16.10.1912 age 12, s Wm d Radcliffe, Northumberland 2.5.1897 age 6mos, int Amble Cem, w Mary Orr d Prestwick 22.11.1936 age 74, s Harold d Prstwick 20.12.1947 age 41, (w Peggy Clark 17.12.1971 age 65), 1s Douglas 8.7.1953 age 59 (w Nancy McLaren 21.6.1958 age 67) 1da Margt d Prestwick 25.4.1971, Mary Orr 1.7.1975.  

246. ER Cath Boyle and And Jamieson IMO mo Mary Baird (1834) d Auchinleck 22.2.1902 age 68, sis Mary 28.12.1896 age 24, niece Maggie Boyle 10.11.1892 age 2.  

 

CUMNOCK OLD CEMETERY:  

 

8. John Bryan 27.12.1884 63, w Christina Baird (1820) 29.4.1848 age 28, da Eliz Vallance 13.10.1870 22, s Jas 2.12.1895 54, s John 2.10.1906 60 int Edinburgh  

66. Wm Baird fr, da Jan (1822) 13.3.1828 6y 10mos.  

67. Wm Baird fr and cheese mert, Hall, Kirkconnel (1790) 30.1.1861 71y, w Isa Findlay 9.12.1883 96.  

68. Eliz Baird, hus John killed by fire at Benston Lime Works (1777) 21.7.1838 61.  

91 Hugh Crichton 11.6.1849 44, w Jan Baird (1810) 28.8.1854 44, da Mary 11.8.1857 12, s James 3.1.1866 29, s Hugh 14.2.1824 26.  

92. overturned  

93. Wm Crichton d Cumnock (1742) 25.8.1824 82, w Jane Baird (1753) d Jan 1791 38, da Bethia d May 1799 7, reverse side Mary Thomson 28.10.1848 77, hus Charles Crichton.  

196. James Morton 20.12.1884 73, w Margt Baird (1815) 8.1.1860 45, da Eliz d 1841 1, s David d Birmingham 7.2.1878 31, da Marion 12.1.1879 12 

219. Thos Baird mert, (1824) 4.8.1851 27, w Agnes Hamilton 27.12.1885 56, s Thos d Craigmark, Dalmellington 17.12.1870 20.  

244.  Jas Mitchell IMO fa John (1798) 15.1.1833 age 35, sis Margt 18.1.1830 2, bro And 27.4.1830 age 3, da Pen 10.1.1848 4, s John 10.2.1848 age 1, w Eliz Baird (1826) 31.10.1867 age 41.  

268. Er John Baird, Watston, (1754)16.11.1838 age 84, w Isabella Ferguson 27.6.1834 age 71, (sis Jan 29.6.1834 79) s Hugh Bogend 22.12.1872 age 77(1795)  

269, 270 overturned or few words visible  

361 362 illegible  

363. G. and S. Baird IMO fa Thos (1809) 18.2.1874 65, mo agnes Brown 1.4.1872 64, sis eliz 7.8.1848 age 9, bro Jas d in inf, abv G. Baird 14.9.1874 39, (chn Jan and Tom d in inf).  

387. Ann Mitchell (1760) 20.8.1824 64, three sons hus Thos Baird (1760) 15.2.1830.age 70, da ann 14.3.1873 age 81.  

433.  Robt Baird d 17 Denmark St. Islington, London (1785) 20.6.1872 age 87, w Jan McCallum 14.3.1821 age 27, 2w Margt Vallance 14.3.1823 age 30,  3w Cath Kerr 27.10.1854 age 58, chn inf da d March 1831, Mary d Dec 1838 age 10mths Jan d Muirkirk 25.10.1854 age 28.  

464. Jan Dick IMO fa Quinton Dick 20.3.1848 age 60, mo Jane Baird 11.11.1886 age 74 (1812)  

468. Geo Baird tailor IMO s John 19.9.1828 age 7mos, s Adam 20.10.1828 age7.  

469. John Baird, Craighead,(1776)10.8.1859 83, IMO chn tw d in inf, Jan 23.7.1813 16mos, wm 28.1.1818 16 wks, w Christina Kirkland (1782) 4.1.1852 70y.  

475. Dav Baird Mert Cumnock (1771) 16.7..1858 87, IMO Jean Vallance 11.10.1829 40, 2w Sarah McCrae 14.6.1851 60y.  

485. John Baird, mert and architect, Cumnock founder Baird Rooms and Museum Cumnock 27.7.1888 age 75 (1813)  

490 overturned  

491. Jane Baird (1835) 16.3.1899 64, hus Alex Cross 20.3.1883 48, 3chn d in inf, da Margt 14.6.18-- age 76  

492 Helen Baird (1828) 23.2.1903 75,hus Thos Main 6.1.1892 79, da Jane 1854 age 2 1/2, Jane 26.11.1879 age 5 1/2  

499. Jas Kennedy 19.12.1884 age 64, IMO w Jane Vallace --.9.1859, age 37, da Margt 9.5.1860 16,da Mary-Ann d in inf, gchn Thos Baird 28.2.1861 age 14 mos, Sarah Baird 22.7.1884 age 8 mos, da Sarah Kennedy 22.4.1919 age 76, s-i-law Wm Baird (1839) 2.6.1914 age 75.  

510. Eliz Howat (1792) 12.8.1856 age 64, IMO hus James Baird (1794) 5.2.1851 age 57 five chn s Wm (1823) 27.4.1905 age 82, (s Wm d in inf,  w Isabella Shields 28.4.1915 age 87)

 

 

 

   

 

 

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