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"Craigie, a village and a parish in Kyle district, Ayrshire. The village stands 4 miles S of Kilmarnock, under which it has a post office. The parish, including part of the ancient parish of Barnweill, was itself united to Riccarton till 1647. It is bounded N by Riccarton, NE by Galston, E by Mauchline, SE by Tarbolton, SW by Monkton, and NW by Symington. Rudely resembling a triangle, with south-westward apex, it has an utmost length from NE to SW of 5⅞ miles, an utmost breadth of 4½ miles, and an area of 6579¼ acres, of which 3 are water. Cessnock Water winds 1 mile along the Galston border; but the drainage is mostly carried southward or south-westward by the Water of fail and the Pow Burn. The surface is undulating, attaining 507 feet above sea-level near Harelaw in the NW, and 458 near Pisgah in the S, heights that command a brilliant panoramic view, away to Ben Lomond, Jura, and the Irish coast. Coal, both bituminous and anthracitic, has here been mined in several places and at different times, though never with much success; whilst the working of limestone of the finest quality has lately been abandoned, chiefly on account of the distance from railway. Great attention is paid to dairy-farming, more than half of the entire area being in pasture, whilst about 170 acres are under wood. William Roxburgh (1759-1815), physician and botanist, was born at Underwood in this parish. Its chief antiquities are artificial mounds, which either were seats of justice or military encampments, and the ruins of Craigie Castle, 1¼ mile WSW of the church. A very ancient structure, this was the seat, first of the Lindsays, and then of the Wallaces of Craigie. (See Lochryan house, Wigtownshire.) Mansions are Cairnhill, Barnweill, and Underwood. Craigie is in the presbytery of Ayr and synod of Glasgow and Ayr; the living is worth £300. The church, erected in 1776, stands at the village, as also does a public school, which, with accommodation for 126 children, had (1880) an average attendance of 40, and a grant of £30, 14s. Valuation (1882) £10,724, 5s. 2d. Pop. (1801) 786, (1831) 824, (1861) 730, (1871) 618, (1881) 590.-Ord. Sur., sh. 22, 1865."

Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland, 1882-4



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Presbyterian / Unitarian
Craigie, Church of Scotland

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Church History

"The church of Craigie is a small building of unpretentious appearance, standing in the centre of the churchyard. It was built in the year 1776, and has sittings for about 600. It belonged in ancient times to the monks of Paisley, and the cure was served by a vicar pensioner who had an established income, which was settled by Walter, the bishop of Glasgow, in 1227. Before it came into possession of the monks of Paisley, the patronage of the church belonged to Walter Hose, the Lord of the Manor, a brother of whom was some-time parson of the church. By Walter Hose the church, in pure alms, with all its lands and pertinents, was granted to the abbey of Paisley, "for the salvation of the souls of his father and mother. "At the epoch of the Reformation, Wallace of Craigie held the office of bailie, in Kyle, for the monks of Paisley, and he received as his fee, six chalders and fifteen bolls of meal yearly out of the tithes of Craigie church. In 1587, the patronage and tithes of the parish church of Craigie, which then belonged to Lord Claud Hamilton for life, as Commendator of Paisley, were granted to him in fee, with the other property of the monks of Paisley. He was succeeded in the whole, during 1621, by his grandson, James, Earl of Abercorn. Long afterwards the patronage passed to Wallace of Craigie, and about the year 1790 was transferred to Campbell of Craigie."

"Ayrshire Nights Entertainment: A Descriptive Guide to the History, Traditions, Antiquities of the County of Ayr" by John MacIntosh of Galston, Ayrshire, published in 1894, by John Menzies & Co. of Kilmarnock, Dunlop and Drennan.

The Troon and District Family History Society has published the the book of Monumental Inscriptions for Craigie.


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Craigie is a relatively small parish lying to the north-east of Prestwick.


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