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Paterson's History of Ayrshire
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028 ; 034 Stair was first erected into a parish in 1673 for the accommodation of the family of Dalrymple of Stair, whose residence, was a great distance from Ochiltree, their parish church. With a view to this accommodation, that family agreed to pay three chalders of victual, one half of the stipend that allotted to the minister. The other half was to be paid by the parish of Barnweill, then suppressed and united to the adjoining parishes of Craigie and Tarbolton. On account of some differences between the parties concerned in the Transaction, & a wrong locality of the Stipend, the errors of the first erection was rectified by a new process in 1709, when several lands were disjoined from & others united to the Parish.
This district lies between the Rivers Ayr & Kill, and is about 6 miles in length by 2 in breadth though at one place it is completly intersected by the parish of Ochiltree. It is bounded on the north by Tarbolton, on the east by Mauchline, on the south by Ochiltree; and on the west by Coylton. The river Ayr separates it from Tarbolton and Mauchline and the Kill from Coylton, throughout the greater part of its boundary in that [Continued]

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