Muirkirk is a remote parish in the north east of the former Kyle district of Ayrshire. It lies ten and a quarter miles ENE of Auchinleck. The parish also contains Glenbuck village. Muirkirk formed part of Mauchline parish until 1631. The parish is deeply and pathetically associated with the martyrs of the Covenant. A martyrs monument was erected in 1887 and upon Priesthill farm is one to John Brown who on 1st May 1685 was shot by Claverhouse.
John Lapraik (1727-1807) was confined for a time as debtor after the collapse of the Ayr Bank in 1772. He conducted a public-house and the village post-office at Muirkirk after 1796. Lapraik published 'Poems on Several Occasions' (1788). Three famous 'Epistles' were addressed to him by Robert Burns.
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