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Monumental Inscriptions


Parish registers of burials are particularly defective in Scotland and gravestones are often the only death record to survive before compulsory registration began in 1855.

Transcription of remaining gravestones has been carried out in many cemeteries throughout Ayrshire. In Glasgow there appears to have been little transcription done although the Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society has published a complete index to St David's Ramshorn Burial Ground.

Researchers should remember that not all families erected headstones, and burial or lair records may have to be searched if available.

Some Local Monumental Inscriptions

These are transcribed here as a result of research by several people looking for specific ancestors. Please send any further details you may have for inclusion in this listing.


Monumental Inscriptions Held at the  Local History Library At Ardrossan


Cemeteries Held

Ardrossan Ardrossan Cemetery
Castlehill Burial Ground
Arran Clauchan Cemetery, Shiskine
Kilmory Cemetery
Kilmory New Extension
Lochranza Cemetery
Brodick Cemetery
Lenimore Cemetery
Sannox Cemetery
Kilbride Cemetery, Lamlash
Kilbride Cemetery, New East Extension
Kilbride Cemetery, New West Extension
Beith Beith Cemetery
Auld Kirk Graveyard
Boy's Brigade hall Cemetery
Cumbrae Little Cumbrie Burial Ground
Cathedral of the Isles, Upper cemetery
Cathedral of the Isles, Lower Cemetery
Millport Old Cemetery
Millport Middle Cemetery, Kirkton
Dalry New Cemetery
St Margaret's Church Graveyard
Dalry Cemetery
Dreghorn Dreghorn Cemetery
Dreghorn and Perceton Old Parish Church Cemetery
Irvine Knadgerhill Cemetery
Old Parish Church Graveyard
Old Parish Church Graveyard, South East Extension
Shewalton Cemetery
Perceton Graveyard
Kilbirnie Kilbirnie New Cemetery
Kilbirnie Old Cemetery
Barany Church Graveyard
Kilwinning Bridgend Cemetery
Kilwinning Abbey Graveyard
Largs Largs Old Parish Churchyard
Largs Cemetery, Haylie Brae
Saltcoats North Ayrshire Museum Cemetery
Stevenston Stevenston New Street Cemetery
High Kirk Graveyard
Hawkhill Cemetery
West Kilbride West Kilbride Cemetery
Barony Churchyard

Note: Most of the headstones in the North Ayrshire cemeteries have also been photographed.


Also held are the MIs for the following South Ayrshire Cemeteries:

Crosbie, Troon
Dundonald and the Dundonald Burial register.
Kyle Graveyards Culzean, Fairfield, Coodham, St     Margaret's Barnwell
Newton Green, Ayr
Old Alloway
Secessionist Graveyard, Ayr
St Nicholas, Prestwick
St Quivox
Wallacetown, Ayr


Also held are the MIs for the following East Ayrshire Cemeteries (All pre 1855):




Also held are the MIs for the following Bute Cemeteries (all pre 1855):



Published Booklets


The Troon @ Ayrshire Family History Society has published the following books of Monumental Inscriptions:-

Old Alloway, Coylton, Craigie, Crosbie (Troon), Dundonald, Monkton, Newton Green Cemetery (Ayr), Six Kyle graveyards (includes Barnweill, Culzean, Coodham, Fairfield, Newton-on-Ayr and St. Margaret's, John St., Ayr), The Secessionist Graveyard (King St., Ayr), St. Nicholas (Prestwick), St. Quivox, Symington, Wallacetown Cemetery (Ayr), Ayr Auld Kirk.


The Scottish Genealogy Society has published  "Pre-1855 Gravestone Inscriptions; an index for Carrick, Ayrshire" edited by Alison Mitchell, and published in Edinburgh in 1988. This covers the parishes of:-

Ballantrae, Barr, Colmonell, Barrhill cemetery, Old Dailly, New Dailly, Girvan, Kirkmichael, Kirkoswald, Crossraguel cemetery, Maybole, Straiton, Patna and Alloway.


The Scottish Genealogy Society also published "Pre-1855 Gravestone Inscriptions in Kilmarnock and Loudoun District" edited by Alistair G. Beattie and Margaret H. Beattie and published in Edinburgh in 1989 (reprint). This covers burial grounds in the parishes of:-

 Dunlop, Stewarton, Fenwick, Kilmaurs, Kilmarnock, Riccarton, Galston and Loudoun.






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