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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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Northumberland Gazette

Northumberland Gazette
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 08:52:30 -0800

They have recorded three CDs – titled The Quiet Hills, Borrowed Days and Lecchemede – featuring tunes including Dunstan Carol, Whittingham Fair, Blackhall Rocks, Kirkconnel Lea, Sae Lang Returnin', Eilaf and the Cheese and Coquet Side. The evening ...

Cumnock Chronicle

Cumnock Chronicle
Sat, 11 Jul 2015 01:03:33 -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 ...

Scottish Daily Record

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 ...

Cumnock Chronicle

Cumnock Chronicle
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 05:43:55 -0700

KIRKCONNEL and Kelloholm have been awarded a Silver Medal certificate in this year's Beautiful Scotland contest. And the honour, for the second year running, has delighted the Brighten up Kirkconnel & Kelloholm group. Competition judges Terry Stott and ...

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

Cumnock Chronicle
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:50:39 -0700

The annual week of fun and laughter kicked off with the customary Charity Shield final and has continued with a host of other great events. Still to come are: Wednesday, 7pm, The talent show in the Miners Memorial Centre; Thursday, 6pm The scooter race ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 08:52:30 -0800

A skip and a portable toilet have been dumped on the busy A76 trunk road in the middle of Kirkconnel. And angry shopkeepers say the temporary traffic lights set up around them is damaging their businesses. Local councillor John Syme said he is furious ...

Cumnock Chronicle

Cumnock Chronicle
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:41:39 -0700

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP David Mundell has one of the largest constituencies in the UK, stretching from Lanark to Gretna and Dumfries to Peebles. And this month the far travelled MP starts a marathon surgery tour of his large rural ...

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