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Notes on the way through Ayrshire - 100 years ago  


West of Kilmaurs. The village of Dreghorn, four and a half miles west of Kilmarnock, stands on the brow of a descent to the west, commanding a fine view of the sea. It has a railway station, a post office (with money order and savings bank departments), shops, an Established Church, an Evangelical Union Church, and a public school. Population in 1871, 821; in 1881,928. 

PERCETON was a parish of itself until the year 1688, when it was annexed to Dreghorn. It has now a Free Church, designated Dreghorn Free Church; and its fireclay works employ a number of people.

The village of SPRINGSIDE and BANKHEAD, a mile east of Dreghorn, has a public school and a mission hall. Population, 1266. 

The village of OVERTON stands in the centre of the parish, half-a-mile from Cunninghamhead Railway Station. Population, 413. 

Cunninghamhead, Annick Lodge, Warwickhill, and Perceton House are seats.

Ironstone, limestone, and sandstone are contained in the parish, and coal is extensively worked. The seams, in the order of descent are:-MíNaught coal, 3 feet 6 inches in thickness; Towerhall coal, 3 feet 4 inches; major coal 3 feet 10 inches; five-quarter coal, 4 feet 6 inches; parrot coal, 3 feet 3 inches; wee coal, 2 feet 2 inches.

The neat and rich appearance of the farms in this part shows increasing expertness of the agriculturists. They are, of course, on the dairy system, which is the especial industry of Ayrshire females; and a peep at the glancing-clean milkhouses and dishes proves how clever they are, these "Ayrshire lassies, bonny lassies, Lassies blithe and cheery, O ! " with their cotte breeked - a style of working dress almost peculiar to Ayrshire, as it is rarely seen elsewhere in Scotland, and never at all in England and Wales. They breek their cotte to prevent the annoyance of the skirt drooping in front while they are stooping at work. There are two styles of breeking the cotte. One is done by sewing a button on the hem in front and a loop on the hem behind, and buttoning it together between the ankles : it is usually adopted by wives. The other, which gives more scope for athletic movements, is done by raising the hem and tying it with a garter round each limb above the calf---the cotte bulging a little, like a pineapple. It is suitable for all sorts of farm work: milking, lifting. corn, building ricks, washing floors--they donít lie down like town women to wash the floor - and, with the healthy, handsome figure of these early-rising, hard working farmersí daughters and servants, the style is exceedingly smart and graceful.

From Warrix, a mile off the shore, the parish extends north-east fully eight miles; and its greatest breadth, across by Overton, is two miles. Area, 5626 acres. Population in 1871, 3241; in 1881, 3949.



  Photographs of Headstones in Dreghorn Cemeteries

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1791-99 and 1845 Statistical Accounts


1851 Census for Dreghorn (2% of Census Total only)

The 2 per cent extract of the 1851 census was done by taking every 50th enumeration book, and transcribing that entire book; NOT every 50th page. As a result, you get full data for all those persons in those books which were taken (Not randomly selected - just every 50th book in the sequence throughout the UK was transcribed). The result is that you might find all the household of interest to you, but the odds are 50 to 1 against!


Map of Dreghorn 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 Dreghorn

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Old Maps of Ayrshire Place Names

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This parish comprehends the old parishes of Dreghorn and Pierstoun, which were united in 1668. The whole of the parish was, in olden times, the property of the De Morvilles, who were Constables of Scotland and Lords of Cunninghame. A mound of earth near the side of the River Irvine, and on the line of road from Dreghorn to Dundonald, is called Maid Morville's Mount, and, according to tradition, marks the grave of a lady of the house of De Morville, who was drowned in passing the ford.....>




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