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There are three kinds of records that can be consulted when researching death or burial details. The first is the death certificate (after 1855) or the Parish Register of deaths (rare). The second record is a listing of Monumental Inscriptions often carried out by volunteers or as a community service project or often by the local Family History Societies  The third source is the Records of Burial which can comprise several different sources from Registers of Burials, sales of lairs, index of lair holders, Registers of Applicants etc.


Graveyards page on the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments


Find a Grave in Scotland

Site aiming to list every grave in Scotland

Ayrshire Born - Buried in Naniamo, British Columbia, Canada


Scottish National Burials Index (SNB)

Held at the Baird Institute and the Dick Institute.

This National project to list information on deaths/burials in Scotland has produced information which has been added to computers in the Baird Institute and the Dick Institute. The index allows searching under surname, christian name and parishes and gives details of the entry and the source of the entry in the records consulted. The project - which has been undertaken by volunteers - is still ongoing. To date tens of thousands of names are available within the Ayrshire Index.


List of Cemeteries in Ayrshire


Auchinleck New Cemetery (1944) Main Street, Auchinleck

Alloway Cemetery Alloway, Ayr

Holmston Cemetery Holmston Road, Ayr

Masonhill Crematorium (1966) Ayr

Ardrossan Cemetery Sorbie Road, Ardrossan

Beith Auld Kirk Reform Street, Beith

Beith Cemetery Kings Road, Beith

Beith Parish Cemetery Head Street, Beith

Brodick New Cemetery Brodick, Isle of Arran

Brodick Old Cemetery Brodick, Isle of Arran

Catrine Cemetery (1906) Newton Street, Catrine

Cumnock New Cemetery (1936) Glaisnock Street, Cumnock

Cumnock Barrhill Cemetery Barrhill Road, Cumnock

Dalmellington New Cemetery (1850) Church Street, Dalmellington

Dalmellington Old Cemetery Townhead, Dalmellington

Dalry Cemetery West Kilbride Road, Dalry

Dalry St Margaret's Cemetery The Cross, Dalry

Dalrymple Cemetery (1877) Church Street, Dalrymple

Darvel Cemetery (1937) Manse Brae, Darvel

Darvel Old Cemetery (1892) Causeway Road, Darvel

Dreghorn Cemeteries Station Road, Dreghorn

Drongan Cemetery (1964) Drongan Road, Drongan

Dunlop Cemetery (1885) Main Road, Dunlop

Fenwick Cemetery (1899) Skernieland Road, Fenwick

Galston Cemetery (1876) Cemetery Road, Galston

Irvine Parish Cemetery Main Street, Largs

Kilbirnie Barony Cemetery Dairy Road, Kilbirnie

Kilbirnie Cemetery Kirkland Road, Kilbirnie

Kilmarnock Cemetery (1875) Grassyard Road, Kilmarnock

Riccarton Cemetery ( 1876) Hurlford Road, Kilmarnock

Kilmaurs Cemetery (1876) Kilmarnock Road, Kilmaurs

Kilmory Parish Cemetery Kilmory, Isle of Arran

Kilwinning Abbey Cemetery Main Street, Kilwinning

Kilwinning Cemetery Bridgend, Kilwinning

Knadgerhill Cemetery Bank Street, Irvine

Lamlash Cemeteries Lamlash, Isle of Arran

Largs Cemetery Haylie Brae, Largs

Largs Skelmorlie Aisle Cemetery Main Street, West Kilbride

Lochranza Cemeteries Lochranza, Isle of Arran

Mauchline New Cemetery (1882) Barskimming Road, Mauchline

Millport New Cemetery Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

Millport Old Cemetery Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

Muirkirk New Cemetery (1890) Glasgow Road, Muirkirk

Muirkirk Old Cemetery Church Road, Muirkirk

New Cumnock Cemetery (1902) Afton Road, New Cumnock

Newmilns Cemetery (1887) Dalwhatswood Road, Newmilns

Ochiltree Cemetery (1906) Mauchiline Road, Ochiltree

Patna Cemetery (1874) Fullarton Place, Patna

Saltcoats Old Parish Cemetery Manse Street, Saltcoats

Sannox Cemeteries Glen Sannox, Isle of Arran

Shewalton Cemetery Ayr Road, Shewalton, Irvine

Shiskine New Cemetery Shiskine, Isle of Arran 

Shiskine Old Cemetery Shiskine, Isle of Arran

Sorn Cemetery (1955) Main Street, Sorn

Stair Cemetery (1884) Churchyard, Stair

Stevenston Cemetery Hawkhill, Kilwinning Road, Stevenston

Stevenston High Kirk Cemetery High Road, Stevenston

Stevenston Old Cemetery New Street, Stevenston

Stewarton Cemetery ( 1907) Dalry Road, Stewarton

Thundergay Cemetery Thundergay, Isle of Arran

Whiteforlone Cemetery Whitefarlane, Isle of Arran

West Kilbride Barony Cemetery Main Street, West Kilbride


Burial Grounds and Graveyards in North Ayrshire

This web page is reproduced from a series of articles contributed to The Largs and District Family History Society Magazine by Dr Bill Gibb. The page is the copyright of the Society and is reproduced with their permission.


Burial Records held at the North Ayrshire Library in Irvine

Town Records Dates
Ardrossan Ardrossan Parish Churchyard. This is the cemetery beside the North Ayrshire Museum in Saltcoats. 1874 - 1915
Ardrossan Parish Cemetery 1874 - 1957
Burials in Section E of Ardrossan Parish Cemetery 1900 - 1974
Dalry Cemetery Caretaker's Book 1914 - 1935
Dreghorn Old Churchyard 1889 - 1947
Dreghorn and Perceton Old Churchyard - list of applications for interment. 1901 - 1930
Irvine Parish Churchyard 1818 - 1862
Kilbirnie Old Churchyard 1887 - 1930
Kilwinning Parochial Cemetery 1870 - 1897
Largs Register of Burials 1862 - 1946
Sexton's book of Largs (transcript copy) 1823 - 1867
West Kilbride Register of Burials 1858 - 1923
Register of Lairs and Interments 1973 - 1975
Register of Interments 1973 - 1975


Burial Records Held at the Baird Institute


Town Records Dates
Auchinleck List of Burials 1874 - 1918
Ochiltree List of Burials 1905 - 1913
Old Cumnock Register of Burials 1893 - 1894
Sale of Lairs and Burials 1904 - 1905
Lair Book 1880 - 1934
Index to Lair Holders
Stair Burial Register 1884 - 1913


Burial Records Held at the Dick Institute


Kilmarnock Mortality Register 1728 - 1763
List of Old Kirk Lair Owners


Irvine Cemetery Records

  held at North Ayrshire Cemeteries Office, 43 Ardrossan Rd., Saltcoats




Grid Ref



A.  Knadgerhill

Bank St., Irvine

332 402

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B.  Shewalton

Ayr Road

327 368

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C.  Irvine Old Parish Churchyard


322 387

Ref only


D.  Perceton Churchyard

Stewarton Road


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Some photos of gravestones available at North Ayrshire Library for B, C and D. 

Irvine Burial Records Old Parish Graveyard (C above) May 1911—Aug 1959
Lair Books Knadgerhill Nov 1926 to date
Shewalton/Dundonald 1881 to date 







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