Ayrshire Towns and Parishes

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" at length I reached the bonnie glen,

where early life I sported;

I pass'd the mill and trysting-thorn,

where Nancy aft I courted "  - Burns


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Notes on the way through Ayrshire - 100 years ago  


West of Stair. The village of Coylton lies in the "bonny glen" of "brawling Coyle," six miles east of Ayr. It includes Coylton and Kew Coylton, fully a quarter of a mile apart, and has a post office, a public school, a towered Established Church, and blacksmith’s, joiner’s, grocer’s, and tailor’s shops. 

The village of JOPPA stands on the Ayr and Cumnock Wallace, at the time he was commencing the war of national independance, lived in it with his servant boy, without a house. 

The coal seams underlying the north end of the parish are:-Upper coal, 2 feet 4 inches in thickness; Crawford-stone coal, 3 feet; soft coal, 4 feet; diamond coal, 2 feet 8 inches; hard coal, 3 feet. In the north half of the parish, reaching from the Ayr south-east to the foot of the Craigs of Kyle, about four miles, much of the surface is level and well farmed.

The Craigs of Kyle, a league from Joppa, rise by gentle acclivities to a height of 799 feet above sea level. Here we obtain splendid views, and are at the same time haunted with the song

"Coming through the Craigs o’ Kyle, Amang the bonny blooming heather."

From two to three miles north-west of here are three lochs - the largest being Martnaham, one-half of which is in the parish. The farm of Barnhill, a mile south-east of the Craigs, is partly arable. South of it, to the march with Dalmellington, three miles, is hill pasture, except a small bit at the seat of Rankinston, where Hawford Burn joins the Coyle, and where there are some plantations.

The moorland mining village of RANKINSTON has a Burns’ " Soldier’s Return."

" I thought upon the banks o’ Coyle, I thought upon my Nancy."

"From the hills where springs the brawling Coyle,"

north to the Ayr at Auchincruive, the length of the parish is nine and a half miles; and from Springs, half a mile from Stair Bridge, westward to a little brook that joins the Ayr below Gateside, its widest part is four miles. Area, 11,584 acres. Population in 1871, 1140; in 1881, 3100.


1791-99 and 1845 Statistical Accounts


Map of Coylton today

This Link takes you to the MULTIMAP website where you will find a map of the town and the surrounding area as it is today. You can zoom in and out and move around in all directions.


StreetMap of Coylton

This Link takes you to the STREET website where you will find a street map of the town as it is today. You can zoom in and out and move around in all directions.


Old Maps of Ayrshire Towns

This link goes directly to the OLD MAPS website for an Ayrshire Index to detailed old maps of most Ayrshire Towns around 1860. You can explore out to all sides by using the arrows at the top of the page. These maps are ideal for finding the locations of areas such as farms.



Coylton was home to one of Ayrshire's celebrated artists. Robert Bryden (1865 - 1939) was born in the village. After a period working in Ayr, he became a modeller of bronze busts which are highly regarded. Among his works are bronze portraits of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce in Ayr Town Hall.....>




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