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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.

External links[edit]

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233 news items

Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:11:15 -0800

The accusations - which are denied by the Scottish Government and Buccleuch - have been prompted by Ewing's shock decision on February 18 to reject a popular plan to erect 30 wind turbines at Sandy Knowe at Kirkconnel in Dumfries and Galloway.

BBC News

BBC News
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:52:38 -0800

Plans for a 30-turbine wind farm near Kirkconnel in Upper Nithsdale have been rejected by the Scottish government. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing refused consent for Burcote Wind's Sandy Knowe scheme in Dumfries and Galloway. Developers said they ...

Click Green

Click Green
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:32:16 -0800

"Kelloholm, Kirkconnel and Sanquhar suffer from high unemployment and the £450,000 a year community benefit was to be invested in a trust which planned to stimulate economic growth through apprenticeships, small business grants and an outreach ...
Cumnock Chronicle
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 05:33:45 -0700

And the honour, for the second year running, has delighted the Brighten up Kirkconnel & Kelloholm group. Competition judges Terry Stott and Alan Gray from Aberdeen visited the Village in early August and the results were announced at the awards ...

ABC Local

ABC Local
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:05:39 -0800

The prison officers' union says Grafton jail should have been reopened rather than the Kirkconnell facility near Bathurst. The State Government announced yesterday it was reopening the Kirkconnell Correctional Centre after it was closed in 2011. The ...
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Tue, 03 Feb 2015 08:30:00 -0800

“I never had a teacher who played music in class,” said drummer Kirkconnel. “It's more than a fun thing; it really gets the information across. When a tune is stuck in your head, the information comes with it.” Guitarists Dusch and Carlisle recently ...
Yahoo!7 News
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 23:41:15 -0800

She said the best answer to overcrowding was to reopen closed sections of Grafton and Kirkconnel prisons. Mr Hazzard said the new cells, at $75,000 each, were $125,000 cheaper than those built using traditional methods. Prison numbers have been rising ...
The Galloway Gazette
Fri, 06 Feb 2015 06:48:45 -0800

In another theft an ELKHA make pressure washer and a blue coloured compressor were stolen from a shed at a farm at Laigh Cairn, Kirkconnel, sometime between Tuesday 3 and Thursday 5 February 2015. The value of the two items is around £300.

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