Cumnock Auld Kirk an mercat cross
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Cumnock (Cumnag in Gaelic) is a toun in East Ayrshire, Scotland. The toun sits at the confluence o the Glaisnock Watter an the Lugar Watter. Thare ur three neighbouring housing projects whilk lie juist ootbi the toun boundaries, Craigens, Logan an Netherthird, wi the former ironworks settlement o Lugar an a juist ootbi the toun, contributin tae a population o aroond 13,000 in the immediate locale.
This pairt o' Ayrshire haes seen human settlement fur ower 5,000 years. Thare ur mony bronze age burial sites aroond their nearbi area.
Etymology[eedit | eedit soorce]
The origin o the name "Cumnock" haes bin debated ower the years an mony interpretations hae bin offered.
Com-cnoc, (hollow o the hills)
com-oich, (meeting o the waters)
cam-cnoc, (crooked hill)
cumanag, (little shrine)
It's thocht that a steid o' worship haes existet in Cumnock fur ower 1,100 years, tho the records begin in aboot 1275. The patron saint o Cumnock is St Conval. James IV createt the toun as a burgh. Three castles existet in the parish o auld Cumnock, namely Borland, Terringzean an Lefnories or Lochnorris. Lefnories wis the lairgest an wis replaced as a dwelling by Dumfries Hoose, wi ainlie the below grund foondations remainin, whilk wur excavatet bi the Marquess o Bute in the late 19th century.
Cumnock housed mony miners, an served as the merkat toun fur the ither, wee'er touns in the district, sic as Auchinleck, Lugar, Muirkirk, Ochiltree an New Cumnock.
Churches[eedit | eedit soorce]
The toun haes six churches, five protestant churches, the Congregational Kirk, Auld Cumnock Auld Parish Kirk, St Andrew's Kirk, Cumnock Trinity Kirk,Baptist Kirk, an the Roman Catholic St John the Evangelist (1878-1880), by airchitect William Burges fur the third Marquess o Bute.