New Cumnock Golf Club
I am grateful to Robert Scott for contributing photos of New Cumnock Golf Club and its members from a few years ago.
More to follow
Craigdullyeart Hill to Ellergoffe Knowe
I was visited by a friend who wanted to see what the old road to Kirkconnel looked like now (July 2016). I was under the impression that the road beyond the iron gate was closed due to the opencast and the conveyor belt. Apologies for the hurried nature of the photos. Also, if you decide to go and look yourself, the road beyond Glen Farm is ‘difficult’.
Beasts of the Lagoons
I decided I had better have another walk over the Lagoons last week and even turned back to get my camera. It seems that the lagoons have been overrun by beasts and I enclose what I saw.
The Burning Moon Effect
Last week on the night after the much publicised ‘burning moon’ I was attracted by the redness of the night sky at the back of my house. I took a few photos but realised that the sky was even redder when looked at from Mansfield Road. I enclose some of the photos.
Unknown Football Team
George Gilbert sent me this photo of an unknown football team. I would be grateful if anyone who knows the team and the year could contact me.
I have had an email from Roddy Currie who has identified all the players and information on the photo. This photo of the Glens was taken at Connel Park on the 27th Jan 1957, 5th round – Scottish Cup
The score was 2 – 2 and we lost the replay at Kilsyth on 10th Feb 1957, 3 – 1. The team in the photo are:
Murray, McNaught, Carruthers, Jackson, Stirling, Templeton,
Cathcart, Donnelly, Thorburn, McCulloch, Graham.
Last week I turned into Mason Avenue and was surprised at the change to the street.
Mr Tam Johnstone
That’s a Big Bird
8.00am on Saturday 4th April 2015
The Lagoons in April 2014
Last April I took a walk across the lagoons from the Castle to the Leggate. I took my camera with me and these are the photos I took. Unfortunately, for various reasons I did not put them on the website at that time but here they are.
Stuart Brown has sent me two photos of an accordion band performing at Cumnock Carnival and New Cumnock Gala Day in 1963. Any information on this band would be welcome.
More Photos From Alex Jess
Alex sent me a lot of photos last year and I have just discovered that I misplaced some of them. Here they are in Alex own words.
New Cumnock Flower Show
I am grateful once again to Patrick and Mary Dornan for the following photos which I believe were taken at a New Cumnock Flower Show in the late 1960’s.
Dux Medal Boards from the Town School
Robert Hart has very kindly donated photos of the Dux Medal Boards from the Town School. I understand that these boards that show the names of Dux Medallists are no longer displayed in New Cumnock Primary School and are in storage.
A new windmill has been erected above High Park Farm. While taking photos of it from what used to be Farden Avenue I thought the area might be of interest to those of you who no longer reside in New Cumnock.
Glebe Street Photo
Town School Football Team – Circa 1950
Back Row: Mr Dow H.T., Hugh Hill, D. Welsh, Cameron Gibson, Hugh Harrison, P. Riddell, Mr Richard ‘Dickie’ Bell.
Front Row: Sam Purdie, Jackie Bingham, Hugh Lorimar, Hamish Rae, Jim Dunlop
Old Invoice from 1898
The invoice below was spotted for sale on ebay by Stuart Brown. It is made out to Lady Menteith of Mansfield.
More Trotter Family Photos
The first photo is of an unknown little girl and was addressed to Mrs George Trotter, Mansfield Village.
The second photo is of Robert Trotter, son of Martin Trotter.
The third photo is of an unknown house in New Cumnock. Does anyone recognise the house?
The fourth photo is of an unknown man
Trotter Family Photos
I have received two photos from the Trotter Family collection and a link to the Trotter collection on Flickr courtesy of D’Arcy Hande whose grandmother Mary Trotter was born in New Cumnock.
One is of a young men’s group, taken ca 1900-1905, I expect. It may be a Baptist group, and possibly a choir, since the man standing in the middle, Michael Donnachie, was quite musical, I am told. On the far right, marked (unfortunately) by an X is Martin Trotter (1881-1907), my grandmother’s brother who emigrated to the U.S. and died shortly thereafter at Pittsburgh. (The Martin Trotter who most who live there now will remember was actually a younger half-brother, named after his deceased sibling.) I wonder how many of the others your viewers might be able to identify.
The other cabinet portrait of the four young people is probably a family group from New Cumnock. At first, I thought they might be Trotter relations, but I am now less convinced of that. Can any of your viewers identify these folk?
The link to the Trotter genealogy is: TrotterGenealogy
I am again grateful to Robert Hart for donating photos of Cairnhill School and also photos and information on the Richmond Cup and the Sports Cup from the Bank School.
Bank School Cups
Cairnhill Dux Board
I am very grateful to Robert Hart for donating the two photos of the Cairnhill Dux Medal Board from Cairnhill P.S.
List of Mining Deaths
Ian Allan is compiling a list of people from the village who died in the mining industry, the attached list still need dates and locations for the opencast deaths, also there are more names to be added and more feedback is needed from family & friends who lost loved ones in the industry. The list is to support the work being done by Jimmy Carmichael for the miners memorial. If you have information that will improve the list can you please contact Ian at: firstname.lastname@example.org Please click on mining deaths nc below
Coming in the next few days
A new Postcard collection and messages scanned in a high resolution. Many of the postcards have already appeared but there are rarer ones never seen previously.
The Craigman Mine photos can now be viewed on the sidepanel.
A walk up Polquheys Road on a nice Summer’s day. Can be seen on the sidepanel.
This group of photos was taken off the usual recognised pathways and shows the original and now disused railway track to Connelpark. Displayed on the sidepanel.
The Inhabitants of Afton Road
George Gilbert very kindly sent me a list of the inhabitants of Afton Road at the time he lived there in the late 1930’s until the early 1950’s. People did move in and out over this time and the names represent a snapshot of the inhabitants there around the late 1940’s.
Here are inhabitants of Afton Crescent as it was known then just after the war, as far as my memory serves me. The even nos. were replaced by consecutive odd nos. when it changed to Afton Rd. I don’t quite know why this was done unless they intended at some point in time to build in the empty opposite fields and don’t know why it was ever called a Crescent in the first place since it was a linear development.
No 1 – Masons
No 2 – Walkers
No 3 – McLatchies
No 4 – Barbours
No 5 – Cunninghams
No 6 – Gibsons
No 7 – McDonalds
No 8 – Allans
No 9 – Gilberts
No 10 – Grays
No 11 – Glendinnings
No 12 – Robsons
No 13 – Hendersons
No 14 – Wilsons
No 15 –Jacksons
No 16 – McKechnies
No 17 – McEwans
No 18 – Gibbs
No 19 – Raes
No 20 – Turners
Roadmen’ Cottages at bottom of hill – Both Backwoods
Private house at top of hill – McFarlanes
Fire Engine Accident 1966
John McNeish who was a part-time firefighter with the New Cumnock Fire Brigade has donated the Cumnock Chronicle report from the tragic event in 1966.
Connelpark – where nobody locked their doors
If you have not already seen Connelpark – where nobody locked their doors by Alex Jess it is worth a look. Several characters from the past are mentioned along with several photos.
New Cumnock H. G. School/Castle School – Class III AB – Nov. 1950
Photograph and information donated by George Gilbert
Back Row: G. Gilbert, M. Brown, I. McEwan, J. Findlay
Middle Row: K. McPate(P.E. Teacher), E. Murdoch, I. Baird(English Teacher), M. Gray, Mr John Miller(Head Teacher)
Front Row: M. Boyle, J. Fitzsimmons, A. Craig, G. Ferguson, J. Clegg, J. Watson, M. McKechnie
The Glen Afton Route has been added to New Cumnock Pathways
Please note that New Cumnock News is in operation again.
New Cumnock Community Action Plan
A meeting was called inviting residents to attend the Open Day Event today, Saturday 28th September 2013 and to vote on a Community Action Plan for New Cumnock. The following photos and handouts tell the story. It seemed a very successful day and well done to the organisers for making the effort.
Yesterday, Wednesday 25th September, I was walking on the lagoons and noticed some tracks and noise in the distance. It seems that the ecology of the lagoons is maintained after all. The water that flows under the wee bridge that links the lagoons to Connelpark was being impeded by a build up of stones, gravel and silt where it flows into the Connel Burn. This in turn was creating a build up of gravel and silt back to the lagoons and affecting drainage. The photos show the work undertaken.
Alex Jess 3
Alex has kindly donated a further group of photos to the website, consisting of personal photos and a group taken during a winter walk across the lagoons.
The following poem was kindly donated by Jim Campbell(Hamish). He wrote the poem for a Burns Supper that he chaired and has donated it to the website.
“OOR WEE SKILLS, THE BEST WEE SKILL
THE BEST WEE SKILL IN AYRSHIRE
THE ONY THING THAT’S WRANG WAE IT
IS THE BALDY HEIDED MAISTER”
REMEMBER THAT WEE DITTY MONY YEARS AGO
WHEN BACK HAUNDED AFFECTION FUR WEE PEARSON WE DID SHOW
HIS WEE RID FACE AN SILVER HAIR AND VOICE THAT ROARED LIKE THUNDER
BUT I AYE RECALL HE WIZ AWAYS FAIR, BAR YIR HEID WIZ FULL O’ DUNDER
OOR WEE SKILL OPENED BACK IN SIXTY-ONE, WHEN WEANS THERE WUR A PLENTY
NO JIST LEARNIN, HAVIN FUN, CLASS SIZES WERE TWO TIMES TWENTY
I JOINED MASEL SOME YEARS AGO, TWO SCORE AND TWO TO BE EXACT
I APPLIED MASEL AND KNUCKLED DOON, YE HUD TAE THAT’S A FACT
THE METRE STICK, THE KNUCKLE JAB AN THE TAWSE
INSTRUMENTS O CORRECTION WE WUR TELT
BUT GETTING BELTED FUR FLINGING SNAWBAWS
WIZ THE WURST PAIN EVER FELT
THEY SAY WE ARE AW JOCK THAMPSONS BAIRNS WELL HE FULLED A WHEEN O’ CLASSES
FAE CONNEL PARK TAE CASTLE MAINS BONNY BOYS AN LASSIES
I HUD SEVEN YEARS AT THAT WEE SCHOOL WAE MUNY TWISTS N TURNS
SOME PLAYED SERIOUS AND SOME THE FOOL BUT WE AW LOVED RABBIE BURNS
CAN YOU REMEMBER JIMMY JOHNSTON, ASKED ONE DAY BY A BAIRN
“MR JOHNSTONE SIR” THEY SAID CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE BURNS’S CAIRN
WELL NEVER STUCK FOR WORDS WAS JIMMY, N ALWAYS HAD A QUIP
QUICKLY TURNED AND ANSWERED “LIKE A BIG STANE WALNUT WHIP”
NOO WE AW HUD A WEE SHOT AT BURNS, TAM O SHANTER TAE A RED RED ROSE
WE AW STOOD ON THE STAGE AS TURNS, DETERMINED NO TAE LOSE
TAE SEE YIR NAME IN THE CHRONICLE, WELL MAN THAT WIS GREAT
NO IN THE POLIS COLUMN, BUT FUR YIR BURNS CERTIFICATE
NOO JUMP AHEID TAE PRESENT DAY THE SICHTS THAT SKILL HUZ SEEN
OPENING TERM SIXTY WAN TAE TWAE NOO TWO THOOSAND AN THIRTEEN
WE ALL HAD CHERISHED MEMORIES OOR WEANS HUV GOT THEM TAE
BUT TIMES HUV CHANGED AN SO HUV WE SO HERES WHIT I WILL SAY
THE OLD SKILL IS NOO THE NEW SKILL A WONDROUS BUILDING DOON THE TOON
WAE SMART BOARDS AND A NEW WILL OOR KIDS WILL BLOSSOM SOON
THE SKILL IS LIT FAE DUSK TAE DAWN WAE WONDROUS GADGETS THERE INSIDE
BUT THERES NAE TOON SKILL SHEDS NOO, FOR ROMANCERS THERE TAE HIDE
THE SHEDS HAUD MONY MEMORIES, TOO MANY STORIES TAE BE BELIEVED
AND IT PROBABLY WIDNAE SURPRISE YI HOW MANY IN THERE WERE CONCEIVED
AVE MIND O LONG HOT SUMMERS AND YARD HIGH SNAW AS WEEL
PARADES WAE FLOATS AND DRUMMERS AND HOWKING TATTIES FAE A DREEL
PAPERS, TATTIES, MILK OR HAY TAE WORK YI HUD A WILL
GUID HARD GRAFT WAE LITTLE PAY, N AW BEFORE YI WENT TAE SKILL
SO THERES MA SPIEL FUR AW TAE HEAR MAY I PRAY YI CHARGE YIR GLASSES
AND TOAST THE TOAST WE AW HAUD DEAR “HONEST MEN N BONNY LASSES”
Andrew Galston Article
An early Andrew Galston article has been found from 2005 and added to the existing collection.
Many thanks to John Walker for donating some of his family photos to the website. They can be viewed on the sidebar of the first page.
William Holden has contributed his father’s photo collection to the website so that the individuals in the photos might be identified.
More photos to be added.
House of Water
New photos of the opencast at House of Water have now been added to the sidebar.
Thanks also to Elizabeth McGhee for re-submitting her photos plus a few more. They can be seen on the sidebar of the Home Page
Grace has kindly re-submitted her photos and they now appear on the sidebar.
Tom has kindly donated his photo collection which can now be seen on the sidebar.
New Cumnock Pathways
The Afton Water path has now been added to the pathways.
The Dux Medal
Last year a relation of mine, whom I will call a wonderful lady from Lanarkshire, gave me a Dux Medal that had been obtained at a sale to raise hospital funds.
Dux Medals are the prizes given in Scotland to outstanding pupils who have excelled in academic studies at school. There are therefore, not many of these medals in existence and I had never seen one, let alone come close to winning one!
William Arthur was a wealthy farmer who farmed Wellhill Farm and married Elizabeth Houston of Garclaugh. They had no children and when William died in 1894 his bequest was to endow the building of a new Free Church in New Cumnock now known as the Arthur Memorial Church. He also left funds for half a guinea to be given at Christmas to the needy pensioners of the town.
The other part of his bequest was for the funding of a Dux Medal for pupils of the Bank School and New Cumnock Higher Grade School. A small bursary was also included with this prize.
The photo does not do justice to the actual medal. You will see that William Arthur’s face appears on the medal and his date of birth and death.
The reverse side of the medal gives the winner and school. Who was Robert Johnston? I believe there was more than one Robert Johnston in New Cumnock in 1940-41. If anyone has information on the winner of this Dux Medal I will be grateful if they could let me know.
The hallmark on the medal indicates it was made in Birmingham in 1940 possibly by Bowden & Co.
I would like to thank Mr Richard Bain for providing me with information on William Arthur.
Burns Supper Ticket and Programme
My apologies to Mrs Dusty Matthews for assuming she was a male! I have now amended the information to reflect this. I should have remembered Dusty Springfield.
Dusty Matthews has donated a ticket and programme of the Burns Supper her grandmother attended in 1966 while on a visit to New Cumnock.
The typing gives away the fact it was made before computers were available
Those of you who are thirty-nine or over, like myself, will recognise these names
More names from the past
I am very grateful to Dusty Matthews of Florida who is related to the Lees family of New Cumnock. Her grandmother visited in the 60’s and also received the two postcards from Betty Lees. Dusty kept these items as they were valued by her grandmother.
This postcard of the Castle is from the mid 1960’s. On the right is the old Police Station that was demolished around 1965.
The BP sign of McKechnie’s filling station can be seen further down the road on the right, now the site of new houses. Also, at the bottom of the road you can just see the telephone box which is no longer there and there are no houses either on the left.
Glen Afton Park
The following photographs were taken at Glen Afton Caravan Park which occupies the site of the old Glenafton Sanatorium. The views are stunning which accounts for the number of caravans on the site. There are more photos, information and stories to follow.
Please click on photos to enlarge
The panel judges on the Carbuncle Award did not see these views
Looking up Glenafton
One of the few sanatorium buildings remaining. This one is due to be upgraded.
For more information on Glen Afton Park look at glenaftonpark.co.uk
More information on the sanatorium to follow.
NEW CUMNOCK POET ON TV
Ford Model T Tourer
The photo belongs to Bill Brown and is of his father William Brown who in the 50’s was under manager at Bank No 6 pit.
The car was bought in Manchester, England where it was manufactured about 1920 . It was bought by William with the intention of providing a special “taxi” service from the station to the sanatorium where William’s wife Agnes Wilson (Newmilns) had been a nurse.
The photo was taken inside Tweedie’s Garage just as it had been driven from Manchester but the car was normally garaged at the Leggat where Bill Brown lived.
It looks as though William Brown is wearing a double breasted overcoat as per a chauffeur…. and the cloth cap. The car is believed to be a Ford Model T Tourer probably built about 1919/20. The van that is just visible in the background was Davey (?) Scoular from Bridgend.
Castle School – P1 Class Photo 1936
This school photo of the P1 class of 1936 includes Bobby Rogerson in his first class. He refers to his first experience at the Toon School in Captain No2
Cairnhill Primary School – Class Photo 1960
Many Thanks to Sam Capstick for donating this photo of his class from 1960.
The March Snow – 22nd March 2013
The weather is bad all over the UK and New Cumnock has not escaped this but it could be worse. These photos are for the ex-pats who are not living in New Cumnock.
Please go to Dam Divers on the sidebar of the home page.
Glen Afton in Winter
Photos contributed by Alex Jess and others of the reservoir in winter. Also, some photos of the Burns Cairn picnic area.
Those of you who are unable to walk up to the reservoir for whatever reason may find these photos of interest.
Afton Water by George Houston
I was really pleased to discover a small print of the painting Afton Water by George Houston(1869-1947). I doubt if many people in New Cumnock are aware of this painting or George Houston. He was born in Dalry and was a prolific landscape painter whose work sells for around £2K – £9K. The painting was made prior to 1912. Please click on the photo to enlarge.