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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
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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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598 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 ...


Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:48:45 -0700

Train services between Glasgow Central and Carlisle, via Dumfries, are suspended between Kilmarnock and Dumfries, with Auchinleck, New Cumnock, Kirkconnel and Sanquhar stations being served by replacement buses. ScotRail customers travelling ...
Cumnock Chronicle
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 01:26:15 -0700

The incident took place less than 24 hours after a parked car was vandalised a few miles away, in Kirkconnel, in an overnight attack. It happened in the early hours between Thursday July 30 and Friday July 31, when a grey Fiat Punto was targeted in ...
Cumnock Chronicle
Sun, 16 Aug 2015 08:56:15 -0700

Mid-table respectability was achieved by KELLO ROVERS who finished in sixth place, on 34 points, which was just nine points behind the challengers in third, Dalry Thistle — with a decent run the Kirkconnel side could find themselves in contention for ...
Cumnock Chronicle
Thu, 06 Aug 2015 07:01:29 -0700

Due to the incident, train services between Glasgow Central and Carlisle, via Dumfries, are suspended between Kilmarnock and Dumfries, with Auchinleck, New Cumnock, Kirkconnel and Sanquhar stations being served by replacement buses. David Dickson ...
Cumnock Chronicle
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 05:33:45 -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.
Scottish Daily Record
Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:32:26 -0800

Kirkconnel railway station is in line for a £150,000 makeover – but it won't include much-needed disabled access. Concerns had been raised by locals that the station could close, but Network Rail gave assurances this week that is not the case and it ...

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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