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Scottish Gaelic: Cille Chonaill
Kirkconnel is located in Dumfries and Galloway
 Kirkconnel shown within Dumfries and Galloway
Language English
OS grid reference NS7311
Council area Dumfries and Galloway
Lieutenancy area Dumfries
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Sanquhar
Postcode district DG4
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale
Scottish Parliament Dumfriesshire
List of places

Coordinates: 55°23′13″N 4°00′02″W / 55.387009°N 4.000611°W / 55.387009; -4.000611

Kirkconnel (Gaelic: Cille Chonaill) is a small parish and town in Dumfries and Galloway, southwestern Scotland. It is located on the A76 near the head of Nithsdale. Kirkconnel led a more quiet existence than neighboring towns like Sanquhar. Principally it has been a farming community. There are few buildings of any significance. The name comes from The Church of Saint Conal. In 1850 the village had only a single street 400 yards long. Next to Kirkconnel is a separate village called Kelloholm.

It is also wrongly associated with the ballad Helen of Kirconnel.


The early church and settlement were situated at the foot of Kirkland Hill on the drove road from Ayrshire to Lanarkshire, which followed the steep incline beside the Glenaylmer Burn. Whether Saint Conal was an Irish monk or the son of a local shepherd befriended and educated by Glasgow’s Saint Mungo, Christianity came early to this part of Nithsdale. A Celtic cross, erected in 1880 by the Duke of Buccleuch at the instigation of the minister, the Rev. John Donaldson, marks the reputed burial place of Saint Conal. From the neighborhood of the cross, on a clear day, can be seen the churches at Kirkconnel, Sanquhar and Kirkbride, all associated with Saint Conal.

St Conal's Church is one of the oldest church sites in Southern Scotland with archaeological remains dating to the 9th century and the present foundations of a church dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries.

Life changed dramatically for this small town in the 1890s when a coal pit was opened at Fauldheld. Coal had always been mined in the district before, but never in large quantities. From then on coal dominated the life of the little town. The coal industry moved away in recent decades, and with it much of the population.


The A76 road runs through the area. Kirkconnel is served by bus routes 221 and 246.[1]

Kirkconnel is served by Kirkconnel railway station on the Glasgow South Western Line.

Notable people[edit]


Kirkconnel, A Pictorial History, Kirkconnel Parish Heritage Society.


Kirkconnel is home to 4 churches currently. The Kirkconnel Parish Church of Scotland. The St Lee Pagan Catholic Chapel St Marks Church of Scotland Kirkconnel Gospel Church

External links[edit]

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Mavisbank Footpath, Kirkconnel

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Helen Of Kirkconnel

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Fair Helen of Kirkconnel

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Archie Fisher, Helen of Kirkconnel Lea

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Kelloholm and Kirkconnel Gala 2009 - 1 of 4

Kelloholm and Kirkconnel Gala 20th June 2009 - 1 of 4 - The Gala Parade.

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Helen of Kirkconnel

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Champions Strictly John Kirkconnel & Alyssa Glanville

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Kelloholm and Kirkconnel Gala 2009 - 3 of 4

Kelloholm and Kirkconnel Gala 20th June 2009 - 3 of 4 - The Massed Bands.

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191 news items

BBC News

BBC News
Sun, 21 Jun 2015 02:45:00 -0700

A former opencast quarry which has been transformed into an enormous landscape artwork will officially open to the public this weekend. The Crawick Multiverse, designed by renowned artist Charles Jencks, has been created with materials found on the ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 04:09:37 -0700

Kirkconnel and Kelloholm's Children's Gala Day takes place on Saturday (June 20). Tonight (Friday) a barbecue, sports and disco will be held at Kelloholm Primary School from 6pm. Drums 'N' Roses will play at the school from 8pm and the lantern ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 06:16:49 -0700

Buccleuch estates has denied trying to influence the decision to scrap windfarm plans at Sandy Knowe near Kirkconnel in a bid to clear the way for its own multi-million pound project. A Sunday newspaper revealed bosses at Buccleuch met privately with ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Thu, 04 Jun 2015 06:13:13 -0700

A Scotland TranServ worker cleared Sanquhar High Street and Kirkconnel Main Street of the boards last week because they “may pose as a hazard or obstruction to motorists or pedestrians”. Councillor Jim Dempster, who lives in Sanquhar, said: “The street ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:07:20 -0700

Dr Archibald Arnott's family lived at the Kirkconnel Hall estate in Annandale and he served with the Duke of Wellington in his campaigns. Dumfries and Galloway Standard. A plaque in Ecclefechan churchyard which marks Dr Archibald Arnott's achievements.

Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:26:15 -0700

In essence, we identified a ridge of hills to the south west of the River Nith where turbines were welcome, because they overlooked slag heaps from deep mining, open cast mines, industrial estates and the settlements of Sanquhar, Kelloholm and Kirkconnel.

Edinburgh Evening News

Edinburgh Evening News
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 02:00:00 -0700

The other semi-final features three times Fife champions Strathmiglo – who lost the 2011 final to Kirkliston – and three times Dumfriesshire champions Kirkconnel who have reached the last four for a second time. The team bus travelling to Eddlewood ...

Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Sun, 14 Jun 2015 04:45:00 -0700

Three months later, on March 1, 2015, the Sunday Herald reported allegations that Ewing had turned down a planning application for a popular 30-turbine wind farm at nearby Sandy Knowe in Kirkconnel to avoid conflict with another small development ...

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