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Kirkconnel
Scottish Gaelic: Cille Chonaill
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Kirkconnel is located in Dumfries and Galloway
Kirkconnel
Kirkconnel
 Kirkconnel shown within Dumfries and Galloway
Language English
Scots
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
UK
Scotland

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.

History[edit]

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.

Transport[edit]

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]

References[edit]

Kirkconnel, A Pictorial History, Kirkconnel Parish Heritage Society.

Religion[edit]

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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reNews
Mon, 25 May 2015 02:11:15 -0700

Reduced plans for the site around 1.5km south of Kirkconnel and Kelloholm were first reported exclusively in subscriber-only newsletter reNEWS in April. Public exhbitions in June will form the basis for a fresh application to Dumfries and Galloway ...

Cayman 27

Cayman 27
Thu, 21 May 2015 17:00:00 -0700

Mr. Kirkconnel, who is also Tourism Minister, said Thursday (21 May) government is working to get the best facility with the resources available. “Our decision was based on getting people in, through, out and in reverse as they return to their home or ...

Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:13:11 -0700

"The landscape had to be healed, it had to welcome the nearby communities of Sanquhar, Kelloholm and Kirkconnel, and help restore the locality both economically and ecologically - and so the Crawick Multiverse, a new version of an old scientific idea ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 23:59:11 -0700

Plans submitted to the council show access will be from Kirkconnel Drive, with a small area earmarked as a “amenity”. A larger area to the north east of the site will be set aside for drainage. A spokesperson for South Lanarkshire Council confirmed ...
 
Cumnock Chronicle
Thu, 21 May 2015 12:29:58 -0700

Kirkconnel councillor, John Syme was on hand to launch the new summer initiative with fire and rescue chiefs. In April a family of four who had been camping in the area were rushed to hospital suffering from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Fri, 01 May 2015 03:29:28 -0700

The landscape had to be healed, it had to welcome the nearby communities of Sanquhar, Kelloholm and Kirkconnel, and help restore the locality both economically and ecologically – and so the Crawick Multiverse, a new version of an old scientific idea ...
 
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 ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:09:22 -0700

Agnes Parker's cat was hit and killed on Monday morning and she fears for the safety of her great grandchildren. Now the 72–year–old is urging drivers to stick to the limit along Lagrae Road. Agnes, who stays at the Knowe Farm, said: “That could've ...
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