the way through Ayrshire - 100 years ago
WEST of the north end
of Mauchline, and north of Tarbolton. The village of Craigie lies
about three miles south of Kilmarnock. There is an Established Church, a
public school, and a post office. Cairnhill House is pleasantly
situated among woods on Cessnock banks, at the east end of
the parish, and Underwood House is at the west end.
The ruins of Craigie Castle, once
a home of the Wallaces,
are in the west, one mile north of Barnweil House. The name of Barnweil,
tradition says, had its origin in the burning of the Barns of Ayr.
When the patriot Wallace,
after setting fire to the Barns, was on the way to his uncle at Riccarton,
he met with some friends at the place now called Barnweil, whom
he saluted from a distance with the words, "The Barns burn weil ;
" the reiterated response being, "They do burn weil ! they
burn weil ! yes, they burn weil ! they burn weil ! " The spot was
remembered, and ever after called Burnweil, or Barnweil,
which curiously conveys the double meaning of burn and barn.
The parish is mostly
arable, and bare of timber; is seven miles in length, east and west, and
about one mile and a-half in breadth. Area, 6576 acres. Population, 570,
being the least of any parish in the county.