History of the Parish
of New Cumnock
by Robert Guthrie
The Earls of Dunbar and March held the lands of Cumnock from possibly as
early as the late 12th century . In 1375, these lands passed to a branch of that
family, which became known as the Dunbars of Cumnock and they held the
lands until the early 17th century. The baronial seat of the Earls of Dunbar
and the Dunbars of Cumnock was the Castle of Cumnock (New Cumnock).
The Dunbars of Knockshinnoch, said to be a branch
of the Dunbars of Cumnock, first appear in 1551
and reside at the Tower of Knockshinnoch through
to the late 17th century.
The Dunbar and Crawford families were
found at Pollosche in the 17th century.
Other Dunbar families found throughout
the parish, including some references
found in the Old Parish Records.
Dunbar Distribution Map
Patrick Dunbar, Laird of Corsencon was
murdered whilst attending mass at the
Kirk of Cumnock in 1512.