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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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167 news items

Herald Scotland
Sat, 21 Mar 2015 17:22:30 -0700

The article about the Scottish government's rejection of a windfarm application near Kirkconnel described how a windfarm that was supported by the local community was turned down (The wind farm investment that is set to make the Duke of Buccleuch even ...
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
Thu, 16 Jan 2014 01:01:15 -0800

Kirkconnel builder Jimmy Currie has blasted government guidance silencing radios on work sites. The Health and Safety Executive claims the chatter of DJs and loud music could drown out alarms raised by workers and advised foremen to switch music off.

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 ...

ABC Local

ABC Local
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:45:00 -0800

The prison officers' union says Grafton jail should have been reopened rather than the Kirkconnell facility near Bathurst. The State Government announced yesterday it was reopening the Kirkconnell Correctional Centre after it was closed in 2011. The ...
BBC News
Fri, 11 Nov 2011 03:44:27 -0800

Police are investigating after a war memorial in southern Scotland was vandalised on Armistice Day. The incident happened on Main Street in Kirkconnel some time before 01:30. Police officers made the discovery while on patrol and tried to remove as ...

BBC News

BBC News
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:52:38 -0800

Plans for a 30-turbine wind farm near Kirkconnel in Upper Nithsdale have been rejected by the Scottish government. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing refused consent for Burcote Wind's Sandy Knowe scheme in Dumfries and Galloway. Developers said they ...
Scottish Daily Record
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:51:44 -0700

The 73-year-old, from Kirkconnel, was playing at the Mecca hall in Ayr last month when she scooped the pot. She called house after just 40 numbers to win the local prize but as she also had a “lucky star” she lifted the national jackpot in a game ...

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