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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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903 news items

BBC News

BBC News
Tue, 26 Jan 2016 03:13:18 -0800

Flooding at Kirkconnel in Dumfries and Galloway has affected trains running between Glasgow and Carlisle. ScotRail said replacement buses were put in place to and from Kilmarnock. West coast train services are already badly affected by ongoing works ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 04:01:34 -0800

The plan is being hailed as “a first for Dumfries and Galloway” but is dependent on revised plans for the proposed £60 million Sandy Knowe windfarm, south-west of Kirkconnel, getting the green light. Community councillors in Sanquhar, Kirkconnel and ...

Cumnock Chronicle

Cumnock Chronicle
Sun, 31 Jan 2016 06:15:04 -0800

A KIRKCONNEL opencast site is set to help more local groups with funding thanks to pupils at a local school. Organisations across Upper Nithsdale have been given another chance to secure funding to help power their innovative community projects, thanks ...

Cumnock Chronicle

Cumnock Chronicle
Sat, 02 Jan 2016 04:08:32 -0800

A BID has been submitted to the Scottish Government for a new pumped strorage hydro at an opencast site near Kirkconnel. Glenmuckloch opencast has had a proposal submitted to create the Glenmuckloch Pumped Storage Hydro (PSH) Ltd, a joint venture ...

BBC News

BBC News
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 03:22:47 -0800

Because of flooding at Kirkconnel, the railway line between Kilmarnock and Dumfries was closed. There was further disruption to rail services in Ayrshire because of flooding on the line between Kilwinning and Saltcoats. The East Kilbride line was also ...


Mon, 25 Jan 2016 23:21:08 -0800

Rail operators said passengers should be aware of potential disruption after flooding caused difficulties at Helensburgh, Kirkconnel and Kilwinning. Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services were also affected, with more than a dozen routes cancelled or ...
Scottish Football Association
Sat, 23 Jan 2016 23:41:15 -0800

After a six week enforced break due to the weather, manager Neil Duffy finally got to see his side in action on the heavy Nithside Park pitch at Kirkconnel. And the Vics boss will be relatively pleased with some of the football his players played in ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Sat, 16 Jan 2016 22:01:12 -0800

However, victims from previous winters today warn that the terrible cost goes beyond pounds and pence. Householders affected by flooding in Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire, on December 30, 2013, waited four months to get back into their homes and say they ...

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