Chapter 1 Progress of the Town-The
Cross-Flesh Market Bridge--Corn Exchange--Clerk’s Lane--Fore
Street--High Church and Burying Ground--King Street--Wellington
Street--Fever Hospital--Portland Street.
Green Bridge and its environs--London Road--Milldykes--The Irving and
Struthers’ Steps--Saint Andrew’s Burying Ground and Church--Glencairn
Square and its associations--High Glencairn Street--King Street--King
Street U.P. Church--The Council House.
Cheapside Street--The Old Tolbooth--The Low Church of former days and
its associations--The Churchyard--Dickie Street--Dunlop Street--The
Astronomical Observatory--Langlands Street--The New Theatre--St. Marnock
Street--The Court-House--Kilmarnock House--Dundonald Road--The Public
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The Bridges connecting Kilmarnock with Riccarton, and the objects of
interest in their vicinity--Caprington Castle--Riccararton Castle: its
site and traditions--Traditions of Sir William Wallace--Riccarton--The
Parish Church--Sandy M'Crone--The Church-yard--Old Stones--The East Shaw
Street Miser--The Old Church--Village Worthies--The Village past and
Craigie Road--Knowehead and its surroundings--The Buchanan Bequest--Treesbank
Manor House--Scargie--John Burtt--Knockmarloch--Craigie Hill--Craigie
Hill--Craigie Church--The Village--The Witch Stane--Craigie Castle--A
Strange Story--A Curious Stone.
From Craigie to Barnweill--Barnweill Kirk and Graveyard--The Wallace
Monument--Fail Castle--The Warlock Laird--Tarbolton--Willie's Mill--Peden's
Pulpit and Cave--Through the Fields to Ayr Road--The Halfway House--The
Estate of Coodham--Peace-and-Plenty--Back to Kilmarnock.
Wild flowers--The Macwheelan Murder--The Cairn--Symington--The Church
and Graveyard--Witherington--Old Sandy Neil--"Laird" M'Pherson--"Jock o'
the Whalps"--The Glen.
The House of Auchans--Dundonald Castle--The Village and Parish
Church--Extracts from the Parochial Registers--Smuggling--Tam Fullarton--Newfield--"Fairlie
o' the Five Lums"--Old Rome--Home again.
Beansburn--Dean Castle: its situation and appearance--The Castle
besieged--Destroyed by fire--A Tradition of the Persecution--The Boyd
Family--From the Dean to Craufurdland--Craufurd-land Castle and
Grounds--Craufurdland Bridge--Up the Stream to Fenwick.
Low Fenwick--Old John Kirkland--"The Kirk-town."--The erection of the
Parish and orign of the name--The Parish Church and Burying Ground--The
Rev. William Guthrie--The Burial Place of the Howies--Captain Paton.
The Churchyard continued--John Fulton--King's Well-Lochgoin: its
Traditions and Relics--Duntan Cove--Back to Kilmarnock.
The influence of sunshine--Glasgow Road and its scenery--An
Adventure--Specimens of Kilmaurs cutlery--The Reservoir--From it to
Rowallan Castle--The situation and appearance of the Castle
described--The interior of the building--The garden--A fox
The origin and descent of the Mures of Rowallan--A letter from Queen
Mary to Sir John Mure--Sir William Mure: his writings and version of
Psalm xxiii.: events in his life--The last of the Mures--The late
Countess of Loudoun's attachment to the Castle --The grounds the resort
of pleasure parties--An Address to Rowallan--A ride into the town.
From Kilmarnock to Stewarton--The Parish and its Boundaries--The Town:
its Buildings, Trades, and Eminent Characters--Corsehill Castle and its
Traditions--The Parish Church--The late William Cunninghame of Lainshaw--The
Churchyard--The Viaduct--Lainshaw Castle--The Murder of Hugh, fourth
Earl of Eglinton.
From Stewarton to Kilmaurs--The appearance of the Village--The Council
House and Juggs--Kilmaurs of the olden time: its Government and
Churches--The Monk's Well--My Lord's Place --Jock's Thorn--Kilmaurs
Castle--The Glencairn Family--An Incident.
Kilmaurs continued--The old Church: its appearance and history--An
Anecdote of the Rev. Hugh Thomson--The Glencairn Aisle and Monument--The
appearance of the Vault when opened--A Ghastly Keepsake--The Rev. George
Paxton--"Wee Miller"--"The Double Suicide"--The Old Manse--Covenanting
Relics--A Stroll along Crosshouse Road--The Estate of Plann--Busbie
Castle--The Tumulii at Greenhill Farm--Home again.
From Kilmarnock to Grougar--The ruins of Tammie Raeburn's Cottage--His
self-imposed vow, personal appearance, courtship, witticisms, &c.--Grougar
Row--Loudoun Kirk--The Gueir--Lady Flora Hastings: her melancholy death:
the character of her poems--Janet Little, the poetical correspondent of
Robert Burns--George Palmer--An obscure Covenanter--A relic of Loudoun
The Policies of Loudoun Castle--The external and internal appearance of
the building--The family portraits--The Library--The old Yew Tree--The
Loudoun Family, and salient points in the history of some of its
members--The old Castle of Loudoun: its destruction by the Kennedys, &c.
Loudoun Braes--Newmilns: its appearance, history and trade--The Radical
proclivities of the inhabitants--The old Tower, and incidents associated
with it--The Parish Church--Norman Macleod--The Churchyard--Interesting
Tombstones commemorative of Nisbet of Hardhill and other Covenanting
natives of the Parish who suffered during the Persecution--The Workmen's
Institute --"The Lass o' Patie's Mill."
The village of Darvel: its appearance and trade--Loudoun Hill and its
Historic Associations--Wallace's Attack on the English Convoy--A
Scottish Victory--Drumclog--The Laird of Torfoot's account of the
Battle--His fight with Captain Arrol and his encounter with Claverhouse--The
appearance of the field after the engagement--The Covenanters and their
From Newmilns to Galston--The Institue--Barr Castle--The Boss Tree--Cessnock
Castle--The appearance of the buildings--The Campbells of Cessnock--Sire
Hew, and the charges brought against him--The Alienation of the Castle
and Lands--The main Street of Galston--The Parish Church and
Graveyard--Stones commemorative of local Covenanters--John Wright, the
Galston Poet--Titchfield Street--A mining Settlement--From Galston to
Hurlford--The Village: its buildings and inhabitants--Crookedholm--Back
TO WHICH IS ADDED, AN ACCOUNT OF THE
BURNS MONUMENT AND KAY PARK INAGUARTION.
"Still o’er these scenes my memory wakes,
And fondly broods with wiser care;
Time but the impression stronger makes,
As streams their channels deeper wear."
KILMARNOCK: PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY DUNLOP
& DRENNAN, "STANDARD" OFFICE.
THE KILMARNOCK BURNS, MONUMENT AND KAY PARK
Burns and Kilmarnock--Brief Sketch of the Movement--The Monument and its
Surroundings--The Kay Park--The Fountain--The Inauguration
Proceedings--The Procession --The Ceremony at the Monument--The Masonic
Ceremony--Mr. Murdoch’s Prize Poem--The Dinner--Mr. Anderson’s Poem. Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4