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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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Fair Helen of Kirkconnel

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Helen Of Kirkconnel

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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.

Archie Fisher, Helen of Kirkconnel Lea

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Helen of Kirkconnel

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Fair Helen of Kirkconnel

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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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211 news items

Cumnock Chronicle
Sat, 11 Jul 2015 00:52:30 -0700

AN energy park near Kirkconnel has seen a batch of brand new wind turbines unveiled as part of a local benefit project. Pupils from Sanquhar Academy got to see first-hand the installation of the wind turbines that will generate more than £2 million for ...

Cowra Community News

Cowra Community News
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 19:15:00 -0700

POLICE are hunting a 23-year-old man who has escaped from the newly recommissioned Kirkconnel Correctional Centre east of Bathurst. Kyle Ashley Dale Baker (pictured right) disappeared from the prison between 5:30pm on Friday and 7:30am yesterday ...

BBC News

BBC News
Mon, 20 Jul 2015 01:48:45 -0700

Revised plans have been submitted for a major wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, six months after the Scottish government rejected a previous bid for the site. Proposals for a 30-turbine scheme at Sandy Knowe, near Kirkconnel, were refused earlier ...
The Southern Reporter
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:45:00 -0700

The project will launch with a free public lecture in Ecclefechan's Kirkconnel Hall on August 5 at 7.30pm. Have you got something to share on the story? Were you there? What do you think? - Send your pictures, videos or story and we'll publish the best ...


Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:45:00 -0700

Burcote Wind has submitted a planning application for a 49.2MW wind farm at Sandy Knowe near Kirkconnel and Kelloholm in Upper Nithsdale in Dumfries and Galloway. The new submission for the 24-turbine projects follows a decision by the Scottish ...

Scottish Construction Now

Scottish Construction Now
Mon, 20 Jul 2015 04:15:00 -0700

Proposals for a 30-turbine scheme at Sandy Knowe, near Kirkconnel, were refused earlier this year. Energy minister Fergus Ewing said it would have an “unacceptable landscape and visual impact”. Burcote Wind has now lodged plans for a 24-turbine project ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Thu, 09 Jul 2015 22:13:46 -0700

They won the final 6-2 against Dumfriesshire champions Kirkconnel at Eddlewood. The Scottish Inter-County Top 10 is now in its 34th year and Lesmahagow are the only other county club to win the top accolade. Lanarkshire Leagues' Honorary President Ian ...
Cumnock Chronicle
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 05:39:42 -0700

Mr Hughes continued: “A successful funding application to the Centenary War Memorial Restoration Fund and match funding from Kirkconnel Coalfields Trust enabled us to get the Plinth repaired and the surrounding path re-laid plus new edging slabs.

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