Coylton, parish

Grid reference

NS 421 192 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

242100 619200





Altitude (metres)


Nearby places

Cloquhairnan, Coylton (1.28 miles)

St Brigit's Chapel, Sundrum (1.3 miles)

Fergus Loch, Ayr (1.9 miles)

St Bride's Well, Coylton (2.05 miles)

Annbank, Tarbolton (2.47 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)

Is linear feature?



NGR is for (ruins of) old parish church at Low Coylton, replaced by a modern one in 1836. NMRS record for this church includes: "The present parish church of Coylton was built (at NS 4220 1984) in 1836, at which time its predecessor was taken down and only fragments of it remain. Paterson states that it was cruciform on plan, and is believed to have been built before the Reformation, though the earliest date inscribed on it was '1648'. This may have been a reference to repairs. The building was small, but its walls were 4ft thick. J Paterson 1863; G Hay 1957; NSA 1845 (A Duncan) ... The fragmentary remains of this church stand within a walled burial-ground in the village of Low Coylton. Whilst portions of the existing building are medieval, the structure has been subject to a number of alterations. The church was gable-ended and rectangular on plan (23.8m by 5.5m within walls up to 1m thick), with aisles on the N and S. In 1836, with the completion of the new parish church, the building was largely dismantled. All that remains is the W gable (supporting a 17th century belfry), the N (Hamilton) aisle, the arched entrance to the S aisle (wrough with a chamfered arris) and a fragment of the E end of the N wall incorporating a richly moulded arched tomb-recess of late medieval date (now the N wall of a more recent burial-enclosure). A graveslab, bearing the date 1603, lies within the burial-enclosure. OSA 1791; NSA 1845; J Paterson 1863-6; G Chalmers 1887-1902; H Scott 1915-61; G Hay 1957; I B Cowan 1967; Visited by RCAHMS (IMS) April 1985" "

Relationships with other places

Contains Cloquhairnan, Coylton

Contains Knockmurran, Coylton

Contains Mount Mary, Coylton

Contains Oswald's Bridge, AYR

Contains St Bride's Well, Coylton

Contains St Brigit's Chapel, Sundrum

Parish details


Parish TLA




Medieval diocese


Parish notes

The parsonage of Ayr had been erected into a prebend of Glasgow cathedral by 1327 and so continued, while the cure was a perpetual vicarage pensionary (Glas. Reg. no.276 etc.). In 1501 the prebend and its pendicles, which were apparently: Alloway Coylton Dalmellington Dalrymple These were annexed to the Chapel Royal at Stirling, 6 prebends being subsequently created from their fruits, while the prebend within the cathedral of Glasgow continued to be maintained from certain residual fruits, the exact division of which remains obscure. See Cowan 1967, 12 for more details. Two prebends of the Chapel Royal were erected from the parsonage and vicarage fruits of the church of Coylton, these prebends being designated 'Coylton Primo and Secundo' or alternatively 'Ayr Primo and Sexto' (RSS i no.2688, iii no.476 etc.) See Cowan 1967, 36 for more details.