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List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
BARSKIMMING Barskimming
Barskimming
Barskimming
Barskimming
Revd. [Reverend] W. M. Walker Ed. [Established] Manse
Mr. Thomas Cuthbert postmaster
Mr. W. Paterson poor law Inspector
028 A large unadorned plain Stately Mansion three Storeys high with attics Slated and in good repair - it is nearly a Square form with a courtyard at its rear Surrounded by outhouses one Storey high and Slated and by an [arch] way - the front is of plain cut Stone with portica Supported by four Ionic Pillars [over] the Hall door.- It appears rather modern Situated on the edge of the River Ayr on red sandstone rock about 70 feet above the bed of the river - the Park is adorned with [acres] of Fir Plantations and large old Ash Oak and Fir trees the garden and principal [outhouses] are on the other side of the River in the Parish of Mauchline the property and residence of --- Miller Bart. [Baronet]
NEW BRIDGE [Barskimming] Barskimming Bridge
Barskimming Bridge
Barskimming Bridge
Barskimming Bridge
Revd. [Reverend W. M. Walker
Mr. Thomas Cuthbert
Mr. William Paterson
028 A Solid neat Stone Bridge of one Arch Spanning the River Ayr on the principal avenue to Barskimming Mill it was erected or repaired in 1786 as the sign on a rock adjacent denote it is about 80 feet above the bed of the river by about as many long, the battlements are rather ornamental consisting of of a solid cut stone pyramid about 15 feet high at each end a cut stone railing connecting them Surmounted or bound together by a cut stone cope. - built on a solid rock which rises like [-] from the river to the level of the bridge. - built by a former and repaired by the present proprietor. - a private Bridge.

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Parish of Stair -- Sheet 28 Plan 16

"The old house of Barskimming was superseded by an elegant
"modern mansion, built by Sir Thomas Miller, Baronet, Lord President
"of the Court of Session, who died in 1789. About 1817, two wings &
"other considerable additions were made to it, and great improvements
"effected in the interior. The library, forming the east wing, is a splendid
"apartment, and contains upward of 1800 volumes."
Paterson's History of Ayrshire (1847)

"The new bridge at Barskimming excels all the bridges in
"the County in beauty & elegance, and is one of the great curiosities to
" be seen in it. It consists of a single span, the length 100 feet height 90 :
" Built by the late Sir Thomas Miller."
Statistical Account (1842)

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