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Ayrshire's Lost Villages

Carn Publishing 2016

Paperback 280 pp

Black and White Photographs and Maps

978 1 911043 02 7



Across Ayrshires pleasant green countryside one can find the remains of old abandoned communities—places where at sometime or other people lived, worked hard and played. These villages were often established near to where work was to be found, often in coalmines, and as a result could be found in the most remote and obscure places. Well known lost communities include Glenbuck and Lethanhill, but this book contains almost fifty others, including Loudounkirk, Old Rome, Fergushill, Beoch and Trabboch.

Life in the villages, which varied from single rows of thatched cottages to larger communities such as Darnconner, which had a population of 1,200 at one time, was often hard. Mineworkers could only buy their provisions from the company store, and wives often waited each day to make sure their husbands returned home from their days work underground.

This book ensures that the story of these lost communities is not forgotten. Details of the communities are included, as well as tales from the rows, accounts of struggles endured and references to some famous sons.


Villages covered are as follows:

Alton Annicklodge Barleith Bartonholm Benquhat Beoch Borestone Burnbrae Burnfoothill Byrehill Cairntable Carsehead Coalburn Commondyke Craigbank Craighall Craigmark Darnconner Doura Drumsmudden Ellerslie Fardalehill Fergushill Garrallan Gasswater Glenbuck Glengyron Glenlogan Grievehill Hagsthorn Kerse Kersland Knockshoggle Knowehead Lethanhill Loudounkirk Meadowside Montgarswood Bridgend Mosshouse Neiphill Old Rome Pennyvenie Sourlie Southhook Swinlees Tarholm Thornton Tongue Bridge Trabboch Woodside