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KIRKOSWALD PARISH

ON the shore, north-west of Dailly. The village of Kirkoswald stands near Milton Burn, on its north-west side, one mile and a half east of the shore, and four miles south-west of Maybole; is a graceful looking old place, having Established and Free Churches, a public school, a post office, several shops, an inn, and the businesses of joiner, mason, blacksmith, tailor, and shoemaker. Population in 1871, 302.

It possesses much interest in association with Burns, who spent here his nineteenth summer, residing with a maternal uncle, Mr. Samuel Brown, at Ballochneil, a mile and a quarter south-west, down the burn, and attending Mr. Rogers’ " noted school " in the village, where he studied ‘mensuration, surveying, dialling, &c." His uncle was a small farmer and miller, and also brewed and sold home-brewed ale. Of the customers who frequented the mill were Douglas Graham, farmer in Shanter, over a hill near the shore, and John Davidson, shoemaker at Jameston, near the shore-the famous "Tam o’ Shanter and Souter Johnny." The old house at Ballochneil is extinct. In the Churchyard are the tombstones of Tam o’ Shanter and Souter Johnny, and on that of the former are the lines-

" She taud thee weel thou wast a skellum, A blethering, blustering, drunken blellum." 

Here also are the honoured graves of a number of Burns’ maternal ancesters, which have been recently monumented anew. The Poet inherited most of his wisdom from his father, but the poetic gift-the boundless love and humour, tender pathos and music - seems to have come to him more through his mother. The credulous and superstitious old woman who resided in the family, and had in her memory such a vast collection of fairy tales and songs, which she poured into him, and which, he says, "cultivated the latent seeds of poetry," was a relative of his mother. He mentions also another relative of his mother, an old man, whose greatest enjoyment was to sit down and "greet" while she-the Poet’s mother, then a young girl-sang to him ‘The Life and Age of Man."

The little village of MAIDENS, on the shore, has a new yacht-building yard belonging to the Marquess of Ailsa, whose seat of Culzean Castle stands on the edge of a high sea-cliffe, about two miles north-west of Kirkoswald. The castle was built about 1775, and has a very noble aspect. Its ornamental forest and grounds-traversed by miles of drives and walks-and its gardens are very fine and extensive.

Turnberry Castle, now a poor old ruin, occupies an eminence whose rocky feet are laved by the sea waves at the Earls of Carrick. Margaret, widowed Countess of Carrick, married Robert Bruce, Lord of Annandale. Her son, Robert Bruce, born March 21, 1274, at the age of 17 became one of nine competitors for the crown of Scotland (or ten, including Edward of England). Accounts of the various means by which this most indefatigable character overcame his Scottish rivals must always be contumelious; and we shall mention only how he ultimately vanquished his English enemy by leading an army of 40,000 Scotch against an army of 100,000 English, led by Edward II. of England, at Bannockburn, June 24, 1313, when the English were ignominiously defeated and sent reeling home with their Norman King, leaving 30,000 of their number dead on the field, amongst whom were 200 knights and 700 squires; continued the war, by invading England, until that country was thoroughly subdued and a treaty of peace, on his own terms, signed at Northampton, March 4, 1328. Having thus seen the reparation of his own and his country’s honour and independence, King Robert I. died June 7, 1329, aged 55 years. He was interred in the Abbey of Dunfermline. 

Crossraguel Abbey, a magnificent fabric in ruin, stands two and a half miles from Kirkoswald, on the road to Maybole. It was founded in 1260

The surface of the parish is charmingly diversified with little hills and hollows, woods and scattered trees, corn, green crop, and grass fields, intersected by the courses of brilliant burns, here and there deepening into shrubby glens. Its length, along the shore to a little south of Dowhill, is seven miles; and from Kilkerran Sawmill, on the Girvan, westward by the acid works in Glenshalloch Wood, to the shore, its greatest width is fully six miles. Area, 14,861 acres. 1846; in 1881, 1751. Population in 1871,

 

 

KIRKOSWALD KIRK SESSION 20TH JANUARY 1812  

 

Inhabited houses in the parish of Kirkoswald                                       310

Uninhabited houses                                                                              14

Houses and buildings                                                                              2

No of families in the parish                                                                  338

Families employed in agriculture                                                          184

Families employed in trades                                                                  79

Families having no fixed employment                                                    75

No of males in the parish                                                                    785

No of females in the parish                                                                  903

Total Population of the parish                                                          1,688

         

The session order the above list to be recorded in the book of records of session for preservation in the book of records of the session for preservation conform to act of parliament.

Kirkoswald    7th  August  1836 

Session being met and cond present Mr Inglis Modr. John McLachlan, John Davidson, John Dick, David Orr and Robert McMillan elders. They unanimously agreed that Wednesday first be the fit as a day of fasting and prayer and the same to be intimated to the congregation on that afternoon.  Closed with a prayer.

Afternoon, the Modr  read over to the session the young communicant roll all which being approved the roll was delivered to D McCubbin Session Clerk to be inserted in the session records which was as follow.

 

Young Communicants 1836

 1.   Agnes Mc McIIwraith  -  Burnfoot              28.    Thomas Murray  - Dunnymurk?

 2.   Quinten Blair  - Carshallan                            29.    William Clark  - Duppall

 3.   William Ramsay  - -N. Mains                        30.    Willm Couperwhaite   - Lagdarry

 4.   Elizabeth Walker  - Village                                 31.    Isabella Guthrie  - Turnberry

 5.   Robert Gray  - Village                                  32.    Catherine Campbell  - Ballochillie

 6.   Mary Davidson  - Dalziellzee                        33.    Marion Fulton  - Glentern

 7.   Robert Smith  - Drumbain                            34.    James McMillan  - Ballochillie

 8.   Jean Kennedy  - Howshear                          35.    James Orr  - Turnberry

 9.   Catherine Smith  - Drumbain                        36.    Catherine McIIwraith  - Village

10.  Margaret Murray  - Dunnymuch                        37.    Ann McMurtie  - Drumbeg

11.  Janet Galloway   - Thomaston                       38.    Henry Corrie   - Cullean Farm

12.  Elizabeth Galloway  - Thomaston                       29.    John Hannay  - Wildholm?

13.  James Gemmell  - Greenwills                        30.    Elizth Spiers   - Monkland

14.  Margaret Gemmell  - Greenwills                        31.    Hugh Roy  - Dunnymuch

15.  John Gordon  - Wearynock                          32.    David ………?  -  Glenhead

16.  Isobell Gordon  - Wearynock                       33.    Grace Gray  - Village

17.  Helen Bodan  - Douglaston                          34.    James Tweed  - Rochram

18.  William Murray  - Blackquarter                    35.    James Currie  - Ballochneil

19.  Helen McFergous   - Village                         36.    Robert McMaster  - Village

20.  James McIIwraith  - Ardolchan                    37.    Willm Mc Clatchie  - Village

21.  Thomas McFadyen  -  Ardlochan                  38.    Robert Nutt  - Dalwhat

22.  Mary Galloway  - Hogton                            39.    Andrew Sloan  - Belvaird

23.  James Rae  - Lagonhully                               40.    David Campbell  - Village

24.  Janet Rae  - Lagonhully                                41.    Agnes Bodan  - Ardlochan

25.  Jean Muir  - Chapeltown                              42.    John Ross  - Rapede

26.  Agnes Cowperwhaite                               43.    Jean Davidson  - Douglaston

27.  Mary Marshall - Seafield                             44.    William McDougall from Dailly.      

Kirkoswald 11th August 1833 

Wednesday first was appointed the fast day, and the modr having read over the young communicants names to the session, they approved of them and delivered the toll of them to the clerk to be inserted in the records viz 

Margaret Bodon   Bogside                         James Douglas              Village

Jean Blane           Carscallean                   Mary Merton                 Village

James Blane        Carscallean                   Martha McMahon                   Belvaird

John Ferguson    Carscallean                   Alexander McHutchison       Curvuston

David Ramsay      Howshear                      James Paton                 Fordencallenn

Jean Stevenson   Murray Village              Elizabeth Campbell             Village

James Graham     Dalwhat                        Janet Tait                      Durmmuch

Charles Davidson Glenhead                      William McLaw              Ardlochan

Barbara Thomson Dunnymuch                 Rossana Davidson         Pathhead

Margaret McFadzean  Ball?                             Jane Bodan                  Wearynoak

Ann Caldwell         McCartown                    Elizabeth Campbell             Turnberry

Mary Thomson      Dunnymuch                  Richard Stewart               Ballochneil

Agnes Murray        Drumhill                       Hanah Davidson           Village

William Crawford      Stepind                         Ann Mayfield                Village

Agnes Blain           Bone                             Helen Hanah                 Douglaston

James Muir            Bone                            James Davidson           Douglaston

Agnes McClatchy   F. Lote?           Hugh Underwood   Traduncohe?       Mary McClatchy     Dowhill

                                                                   

Kirkoswald 10th August 1834 

Session being met. & Constituted present the Revd. James Inlgis Modr, John Dick, Robert McMillan, William Herron and John Davidson Elders.  The following persons elected by the session and having been duly served with an Elect on sabbath the 27th July last, and no objections having been offered by the congregation, they were ordained elders and their names are this day ordered to be added to the list of session members, namely John McLachlan esq Blair, John Hardy wright Duppal and David Orr merchant Village …. The session concluded with a prayer. 

10th August 1834 Communicants 

John Davidson          Glenhead                   Sarah Ross                   Broadshian

Mary McJannet        Village                       James Boyle                  Village

Jean Findlay             L. Glensure               Robert McCulloch         Croftengee

Mary Ann Hector      Drumrow                  James Gilmore              Belchrister 

John Brown              Kirkoswald                Margt Gibson                 Auchinblain

Peter Murdoch          Kirkoswald                Mary Kennedy               Village

Marion Hendry          Blainfield                  John McCall                  Culleen garden

Janet McClure          Littleton                    Janet Nichol                  Village

Matthew McMaster   Village                       William McCormech     Croftengee

John Fuller      Dalzellee Farm Dalry       Mary McJanet              Cullean

Janet Eaglesome       Village                       John Hendry                 Auchinblain

Agnes McFadgean     Dalzellzer                  William Dick                 Village

Jean Hector              Mauston                    Alexander Leggat                  Village

Robert Eaglesome     Broadshian                Janet Paton                  Barsloan

Ann Merchant          Muirhead                   James Leggat                Woodhead

 

Communicant Roll 1835 

James Fulton            Jameston                   Anne McJannet            Cullean Entry

William Ross             Sandhouse                Andw Stevenson           Laffenwyne

John Stewart            Bone                          Walter Stevenson         Laffenwyne

Hugh Ross          Sandhouse                John Love                    Village

Janet Wright             Orchard Hill                 Mary Wright                 Glenshalloch

Elizabeth Smith              Hollowshear               Grace Alexander           Glenlon?

James McMillan       Dowhill fm Balantrae        Hugh McReddie?         Ballochilen

Agnes Ferguson        Middlerig                   Alexander Bryce                   Glencose

Margaret Stewart           Hogston                     Helen Bodan                 Wearymuuh

Sarah Ross                Belvaird                     Allan Boyle                             Village

Gilbert Cooper          Orhardhill                 Alexander Cook                    Village fm Kilmore

Agnes Blackwood     Dowhill                      Andrew Bryson             Dalzelzie

James Blackwood     Dowhill                      James Bryson               Dalzelzie

Thomas Smith           Kirkoswald

James Gray               Ardlochan

Jane Ramsay            H Mains

Peter Caldwell           N Cawston

Katherine Ramsay    S Mains

 

KIRKOSWALD 13TH MARCH 1813 

We the under subscribers taking into our consideration that it would be advisable to raise a fund by subscription to be applied for reducing the price of oatmeal to poor householders within this parish.  That the Heritors, tenants and other respectable inhabitants should be required to join in the subscription and when the same is closed that the fund be put into the hands of a committee to lay out in the purchase of meal and who should also direct the distribution of it in quantities of not more than two pecks in a fourtnight to any one family till towards the next harvest, when the committee may increase the quantity if they see the funds will admit of it.  The committee to consist of the Minister the members of the Kirk Session, and William Fergusson of  Littleton, John MCCroll Kirkoswald, William Caldwell in Morriston, John Niven Balochneil, John Rodger Dalwhat, Jean Niven Belchusten?, Alexander Kennedy SMains, David Law Drumbain, Thos Fulton Jameston and David McCubbin Schoolr to be Clerk.

Name of subscribers of meal gratis                             Boll   Fer p 

Revd Mr James Inglis Kirkoswald                                  1        2     -   pd

James Fergusson of Littleton                                           1        2     -   pd

William Caldwell in Morriston                                         1        2     -   pd

John McCroll Kirkoswald                                               1        -      -   pd

David Law Drumbain                                                       1        -      -   pd

Mr Caddel of Ladybank                                                  1        1     2  pd

David White Turnberry                                                   1        -      -   pd

John Niven Ballochneil                                                    -        1     1  pd

Alexr H--vion ? Howshear                                              -        1     1  pd

                                                                   In all             11      -      -   Distd by Com  

Names of subscribers at 1/- per peck

David Ramsay in Downhill………………………….     1        -      -   Distd by

John Crawford in Airds ……………………………..    -        2     -   ?

George Samson in Glenshalloch ……………………      -        1     -   to poor in

Quinten Fergusson Carrkalloch …………………….     -        -      2  Kirksowald ?

                                                                                       1        3     2  

Names of subscribers of Money                                  £        s     d

 John McKelvie E Drumbain …………………….          -        10   6  pd

Alexr Kennedy S. Mains ………………………..          -        10   6  pd

John Murray Drumurkan? ………………………          -        10   -   pd

Robert McFadzean S. Thrave …………………..          -        10   6  pd

John McHutcheion Glentice ……………………          -        10   -   pd

John Muir Chapeltown  ………………………….         -        10   -   pd

John Rodger Dalwhat ……………………………        -        10   -   pd

William Fergusson Drumdow …………………..           -        10   -   pd

James McNab Glentice ………………………….         -        10   -   pd

John Caldwell Ballochneil ………………………           -        5    -   pd

John Murray Drumoch …………………………..        -        5    -   pd

John Cathcart Dallylung …………………………         -        2    6  pd

Robert Wilson Drumbeg …………………………        -        10   -   pd

James Crawford Cairnhill ………………………..         -       4    -   pd

John Sloan McQuirton …………………………..         -        10   -   pd

Mrs McKinnon Park …………………………….        -        10   -   pd

Names of subscribers of Money                                  £        s     d 

Alexander Kay Village. ………………………………          -        5    -   pd

Gilbert McCroll Village …………………………          -        8    -   pd

John McQuater Caldwelltown …………………...        -        5    -   pd

David Dickie  Rollinmop……………………….            -        10   6  pd

William Ramsay Mains ………………………….         -        2    6  pd

John Ross Broadshear ……………………………       -        10   -   pd

James Eaglesham Markland …………………….         -        10   -   pd

Thomas Fullon Jameston ………………………..          2        -      -   pd

John McLaw     ?               ………………………..       1        -      -   pd

William Gray Bogside ………………………….           1        -      -   pd

David Bodan Douglaston ……………………….           1        1    -   pd

Mrs Hamilton Ballochillie ………………………           1        -      -   pd

Thomas Wright Stepinds ………………………..          -        2    6  pd

Adam Niven Belchurlen ………………………..           1        1    -   pd

Alexr McMaster overseer Cullean ……………..           -        5    -   pd

Marion McCrindle Servt Cullean ………………           -        1    -   pd

John Limont plowman Cullean …………………            -        2    6  pd

John Newcastle plowman Cullean ……………..            -        3    -   pd

John Kennedy wright Cullean ………………….            -        3    -   pd

Andrew McKinnon  ?  Cullean …………………          -        3    -   pd

John Lochart ? ………………………………….          -        3    -   pd

William Reid Servt Cullean ……………………             -        4    -   pd

Richd Wallace Servt Cullean …………………..            -        3    -   pd

                                                                                       18      1    -

David Newcastle  Tradunock? ………………….          -       5    -  

James Fullon Glenlice …………………………..                     5    -  

                                                                                   £  18      6    -  

 

1791-99 and 1845 Statistical Accounts

 

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