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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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637 news items

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 03:41:15 -0700

Other former Doonhamers being inducted include 60s' hero Jim Kerr from Kirkconnel and 80s and 90s favourite Jimmy Robertson. Paul admits those two stars were a wee bit before his time but does believe that current striker Derek Lyle's inclusion was a ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Sat, 26 Sep 2015 07:02:00 -0700

And both Sanquhar and Kirkconnel and Kelloholm community councils were also in favour. But councillors went with the recommendation to reject the revised bid which had been scaled down from the original 24-turbine scheme. Provost Ted Thompson said: ...


Thu, 24 Sep 2015 15:52:30 -0700

Browns said it is still investing in its operations, including the expansion of its Brown Brothers Manufacturing site at Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire, where the group is based. This will allow for greater growth capacity, and was a “significant” part of ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 02:27:32 -0700

The Kirkconnel-based company, which acquired the Hall's meat factory in Broxburn from Dutch owner Vion in 2013, said it will use the new finance package from Bank of Scotland to invest in product innovation and develop and extend its manufacturing and ...

Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura
Tue, 15 Sep 2015 06:00:39 -0700

According to John Syme, the councilmember who represents the local ward of Kirkconnel and Kelloholm, the once-bucolic pastureland looked as though "a bomb had been blown up in it." Decades went by, and the local community grew increasingly unhappy ...


Wed, 23 Sep 2015 08:45:00 -0700

Dumfries and Galloway Council has refused permission for Community Windpower's 14-turbine Spango in southwest Scotland. The development committee made its decision on the 49MW project at a meeting earlier today in line with a planning ...
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 ...
Cumnock Chronicle
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 05:39:42 -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 ...

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