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Coordinates: 55°23′13″N 4°00′02″W / 55.387009°N 4.000611°W / 55.387009; -4.000611

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

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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16 news items

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 ...
Cumnock Chronicle
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:52:30 -0700

Trailer stolen in Kirkconnel. Print. Published: 9 Jul 2014 13:30. Police in Upper Nithsdale are investigating the theft of an Ifor Williams drop-side trailer which had an old grey coloured Mini car sitting on it. Share this image. The trailer was ...
Cumnock Chronicle
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 03:30:00 -0700

Kirkconnel and Moffat were the only two places in Dumfries & Galloway to be awarded funding from Historic Scotland. “Once the work has been completed we begin the mammoth task of planting the 1000 Red Begonias ordered for the garden, as this is the ...
Cumnock Chronicle
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:37:30 -0700

In Auchinleck seven emergency calls took more than 20 minutes, Bellsbank had four along with Kirkconnel, Logan and Muirkirk had three, Dalmellington and Burnton had two. Drongan came top of the pile for East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway with just ...
Cumnock Chronicle
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:11:15 -0700

The council, which covers Kirkconnel, Kelloholm and Sanquhar, says it is committed to dealing fairly, consistently and appropriately with service users. however, there are occasions when people have become aggressive and abusive and the council has a ...
Cumnock Chronicle
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 08:00:00 -0700

Commenting on the decision, Fraser Campbell, Operations Director for Burcote Wind said: “I want to thank the people of Sanquhar and Kirkconnel and Kelloholm for their fantastic support. “They and the wider community of Upper Nithsdale have been active ...
Clarence Valley Daily Examiner
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:03:45 -0700

Mr Gulaptis said he noted the Mayor of Bathurst had also made a plea to the government to re-open the Kirkconnel Jail. "Things are tough in regional NSW and we're all competing for the same investment dollar," he said. "But there are big differences ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 03:47:47 -0700

Inkersall Investments didn't seek planning permission when they used 22 “crude modern” UPVC units at Knowe Farm, Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire. And they face a £60,000 bill to replace the windows after the Scottish Government backed a council decision to ...

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