Ayrshire Towns and Parishes

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Note there is also a Symington in South Lanarkshire. SYMINGTON Parish, in the Upper ward of the county of Lanark, 3 miles (S. W.) from Biggar



Symington Parish Church and Churchyard view By Kenny Monaghan  

Atomz - Search website for Symington     Whatuseek - Search whole Website for Symington

google Map of Symington 

Notes on the way through Ayrshire - 100 years ago


West of Craigie. The village of Symington stands on a rocky place in the centre of the parish, near the road between Ayr and Kilmarnock, three and a-half miles north-east of Monkton Railway Station. It has Established and Free Churches, public school, and post office. 

The chief seats are Coodham, with fine wooded grounds, ornamental lake, and splendid gardens, one mile north-east ; Dankeith, one mile north ; Townend, half-a-mile west ; and Rosemount, one mile and a-half south-west. Principal Robert Findlay, D.D., was born at Wexford, about a mile south-west of the village, November 23, 1721. In 1782 he was appointed Professor of Divinity in Glasgow University ; and is the author of "Vindication of Sacred Books and of Josephus," "Divine Inspiration," and other works. Died in 1814, aged 93. 

Freestone and whinstone underlie the surface of the parish, which is all in cultivation, and looks rather comely, with its gentle swells and dimples and strips of plantation. It is four miles long, north-east, and about one mile and a-half broad. Area, 3725 acres. Population in 1871, 792; in 1881, 697.


1791-99 and 1845 Statistical Accounts


  Photographs of Headstones in Symington Parish Churchyard

By Kenny Monaghan kennymonaghan@btinternet.com contact him here


1837 Pigot's Directory of Symington

Local directory carried out by Pigot in 1837. Description of the town and its people


Map of Symington 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 Symington

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.



The Parish Church was founded in the 12th Century by a Norman Knight, Simon Loccard. It belonged to the Trinitarian Monastery at Failford (just outside Mauchline). The Church was restored in the 18th Century and again in 1919. Whilst doing this restoration it was discovered that the earlier work had covered up some marvellous architectural features, including an open-work timber roof...........................




Symington Websites


Symington Books


Symington Maps



Ayrshire Books

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