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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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15 news items

Cumnock Chronicle
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 05:33:45 -0700

KIRKCONNEL and Kelloholm have been awarded a Silver Medal certificate in this year's Beautiful Scotland contest. Share this image. And the honour, for the second year running, has delighted the Brighten up Kirkconnel & Kelloholm group. Competition ...
Cumnock Chronicle
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:41:15 -0700

Heavy Vehicle Maintenance students Chris Mechan, 23 from Coylton, Liam Clark, 19 of Kilmarnock, and Elliot Gibson, 16 of Sanquhar, along with Welding and Fabrication students James Allan, 20 from Kirkconnel, and Stuart Watson, 35 from Irvine, will be ...
Cumnock Chronicle
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 01:37:30 -0700

THE conveyor between the Glenmuckloch site in Kirkconnel and Grievehill has been dismantled and placed in storage after planning permission to use it expired last August. The conveyor was originally put in place to take coal lorries off of our roads ...
The Scottish Farmer
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 03:30:00 -0700

The sheep are owned by Alistair Orr who only came into farming in April last year when he took over the tenancy of the starter farm of Carserigg, Kirkconnel. Said Mr Orr: "I had sheep on summer grazing at Gilmourscroft and when I checked numbers at the ...

Farmers Guardian

Farmers Guardian
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:44:06 -0700

After completing a five-year apprenticeship with the procurers, Fatstock Marketing Commission, Jim went back to the family farm in Kirkconnel and farmed the tenancy until 1990. He then started as a fieldsman for Lawrie and Symington livestock ...

BBC News

BBC News
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:08:43 -0700

In Nithsdale, the emphasis is on reducing the risk to riverside properties in Dumfries - notably the Whitesands - as well as the upper reaches of the Nith - taking in Kirkconnel and surrounding area - which was hit by serious flooding in December last ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 02:36:04 -0700

Wigtown has the most with eight PVAs identified, while Annadale and Eskdale has six. Three PVAs have been identified in Nithsdale – Kirkconnel, the River Nith and the Lochar Water. So far work has been under way to identify the the flood risks and the ...
Cumnock Chronicle
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 01:26:15 -0700

... in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway Chamber of Commerce to allow local businesses to learn how they can win contracts that will be available during the construction of the proposed Sandy Knowe wind farm near Sanquhar, Kirkconnel and Kelloholm.

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