Kirkoswald, South Ayrshire

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Kirkoswald is located in South Ayrshire
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55°19′48″N 4°46′00″W / 55.33000°N 4.76667°W / 55.33000; -4.76667Coordinates: 55°19′48″N 4°46′00″W / 55.33000°N 4.76667°W / 55.33000; -4.76667

Kirkoswald (Scots: Kirkossald)[1] is a village and parish in the Carrick district of Ayrshire, Scotland, 1+34 miles (3 kilometres) from the coast and four miles (six kilometres) southwest of Maybole. It takes its name from its kirk (church), dedicated to Oswald of Northumbria, who is said to have won a battle here in the 7th century. The old church, which was built in 1244 and houses the baptismal font of Robert the Bruce, is now a ruin in the grounds of the modern church, which was built in 1777 to a design by Robert Adam. Kirkoswald is also noted for its connection with Robert Burns, whose maternal ancestors, the Brouns, were from the village. Burns also attended school here, and would later base the characters Tam o' Shanter, Kirkton Jean and souter Johnnie on village locals Douglas Graham, Jean Aird and John Davidson, the shoemaker.

Kirkoswald village had a population of 194 in 1991. Kirkoswald parish is 23.3 square miles (60 square kilometres) in area, and also contains the coastal village of Maidens. Landmarks include Turnberry Castle, the ancient seat of the Earls of Carrick, Culzean Castle, Thomaston Castle and Crossraguel Abbey.

Rev Robert Hunter Arbuckle was minister of the Free Church from 1860 and 1897.[2]

Gallery

  • View of the village from the neighbouring moorland

    View of the village from the neighbouring moorland

  • The old church

    The old church

  • The War memorial

    The War memorial

  • The grave of 'Kirkton Jean'

    The grave of 'Kirkton Jean'

  • Grave marker for former slave Scipio Kennedy

    Grave marker for former slave Scipio Kennedy

  • Souter Johnnie's cottage, now owned by the National Trust

    Souter Johnnie's cottage, now owned by the National Trust

  • The remains of Turnberry Castle

    The remains of Turnberry Castle

  • View of Maidens village

    View of Maidens village

  • View towards Mochrum Hill

    View towards Mochrum Hill

References

  1. ^ The Online Scots Dictionary
  2. ^ Ewing, William Annals of the Free Church


External links

  • The Gazetteer for Scotland - Kirkoswald
  • Kirkoswald Parish Profile
  • Media related to Kirkoswald, South Ayrshire at Wikimedia Commons
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