Kirkconnel

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Kirkconnel
A 76 entering Kirkconnel.jpg
A76 gaun intae Kirkconnel
Kirkconnel is locatit in Dumfries an Gallowa
Kirkconnel
Kirkconnel
Location within Dumfries an Gallowa
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55°23′13″N 4°00′02″W / 55.387009°N 4.000611°W / 55.387009; -4.000611Coordinates: 55°23′13″N 4°00′02″W / 55.387009°N 4.000611°W / 55.387009; -4.000611

Kirkconnel (Scots Gaelic Cille Chonaill) is a smaw pairish in the historical coonty o Dumfriesshire in Dumfries an Gallowa, Scotland. It is locatit on the A76 road near the heid o Nithsdale. Maistly it his been a sportin community. The came comes fae the The Kirk o Saunt Conal. In 1850 the veelage hid anely ae street. Neist tae Kirkconnel is a separate veelage cried Kelloholm.

It is associatit an aw wi the ballant Helen of Kirkconnel.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

The early kirk an sattlement wis situatit at the fit o Kirkland Hill on the drave fae Ayrshire tae Lanrikshire that follaed the stey slent aside the Glenaylmer Burn. Whether Saunt Conal wis an Irish monk or the son o a local hird that wis befreendit an eddicatit bi Glesga's Saunt Mungo, Christianity cam early tae this pairt o Nithsdale. A Celtic cross , upsetten in 1880 bi the Duke o Buccleuch at the instigation o the meenister, the Rev. John Donaldson, merks teh reputit buirial place o Saunt Conal. Fae the neebourheid o the cross, on a clear day, can be seen the kirks at Kirconnel, Sanchar, an Kirkbride, aw associatit wi Saunt Conal.

St Conal's Kirk is ane o the auldest kirk sites in Soothren Scotland, wi archaeological remeens datin til the 9t century and the praisent steid o a kirk datin back til the 12t an 13t centurys.

Life chainged greatly for this smaw toun in the 1890s whan a coal pit wis appent at Fauldheld. Coal hid aye been howkit in the destrict afore, bit niver in lairge amoonts. Fae than on coal ringt the life o the wee toun. The coal indistry muived awa in recent decades, an wi it a muckle o the population.

Transport[eedit | eedit soorce]

The A76 road rins throu the aurie. Kirkconnel is served bi bus routes 221 an 246.

Kirkconnel is served bi Kirkconnel railwey station on the Glasgow South Western Line.

Namely fowk[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Alexander Anderson (1845-1909) - Scots poet and leebrarian, better kent as The Surfaceman.
  • Kris Haddow (born Kris Clark 1981) - Scots playwricht, poet, an performer

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

External links[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Media relatit tae Kirkconnel at Wikimedia Commons