Ayrshire Towns and Parishes

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[Monumental Inscriptions]


Notes on the way through Ayrshire - 100 years ago


On the sea-shore, south-west of Symington. The village of Monkton stands at the joining of six roads, three and a-half miles north of Ayr, one mile from the sea ; and has a railway station, half-a-mile west, a post office, and a public school. Population in 1871, 467; in 1881, 354.

The old kirk of Monkton is mentioned by Henry as a meeting place of Wallace and his uncle, the sheriff, before the disaster at the Barns of Ayr. At a very early period, the kirk and lands of Monkton and Dalmulyn were gifted to the Abbey of Paisley; and the rent paid to the Abbey in 1525 was £114 9s. 2d., 205 capons, and 135 hens. There are also the remains of an ancient chapel, called Ladykirk, at the east boundary of the parish, two and a-half miles by road from Monkton. Macrae’s Monument stands half-a-mile north-east of the village. James Macrae was a native, who, on the death of his father in the days of persecution, entered the service of the East India Company as a cabin boy, and step by step rose to be Governor of Madras. Returning home in the peaceful days of William III., he signified his appreciation of the blissful change by erecting the equestrian statue to that monarch in the Trongate, Glasgow.

Chief seats are Adamton House, one mile east of Monkton; Fairfield House, half-a-mile north; Orangefield, half-a-mile south. 

The surface of the parish is flat and sandy, rising a little, and growing more consistent eastward. The main stream is the Pow Burn, crossed by a bridge at the Established Church of the united parishes, between Prestwick and Monkton. The length of the parish, north, is four miles fully, and its breadth is three miles. Area, 3760 acres. Population, 2121.


1791-99 and 1845 Statistical Accounts


  Photographs of Headstones in Monkton Churchyard

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Map of Monkton 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 Monkton

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 Place Names

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.


Monumental Inscriptions

The Troon and District Family History Society has published a book of Monumental Inscriptions for Monkton.



Monkton Websites


Monkton Books


Ayrshire Books

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