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DALMELLINGTON [parish] Dalmellington
Johnston's County Map
Statistical Account (1842)
Patterson's History of Ayrshire (1847)
Wyllie's Ayrshire Streams
County Voters' List
040 ; 046 ; 047 ; 052 ; 053 The name of Dalmellington has been variously derived. In the first Statistical Acct [Account] and traditionally it is said to be corruption of Dame Helen's town "from a lady of rank of the name of Helen, who built a castle near the place." The parish of Dalmellington is about ten miles long and on an average fully three miles broad. It is seperated on the South & South West by the loch and river of Doon from the ph [parish] of Straiton, Dalrymple on the West Ochiltree on the North and New Cumnock and Carsphairn on the east. The only flat land in the ph [parish] extends from the village along the Doon Valley for about three miles, averaging 3/4 of a mile in breadth. There are several mountain passes in the ph [parish] of great depth and grandeur - the well-known "Craigs of Ness" is the deepest and wildest. There are two lochs in the ph [parish] - Loch Muick and Bogton Loch. The parish is chiefly pastoral the greater part of the land being incapable of profitable cultivation. Coal has been wrought in this ph [parish] and the field of that valuable commodity is understood to be extensive. Iron Works have been erected upon a large scale.
Dalmellington is a place of some antiquity and though a mere village in point of size and population has long been a burgh of barony. [Continued]

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