River Ayr, Mauchline

River Ayr, Mauchline, Scotland

This evening, the focus of my post is Mauchline, a small town in Ayrshire Scotland being about 80 miles from Edinburgh which boast some interesting history and benefits from stunning scenery in a nearby gorge.

Key features:

  • The name has Gaelic origins and translates as ‘pool plain’.
  • A Cisercian abbey was establisehd in the 12th century the remains of which have evloved Mauchline Castle, in the centre of town.
  • Was a covenanter stronghold.
  • Industries in the past included sandstone quarrying, clock making and manufacture of curling stones. Latter are still manufactured at Mauchline today.
  • Very strong connection with Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns whose wife, Jean Armour was born at Mauchline. Burns farmed at nearby Mossgiel Farm.
  • Nearby, at Ballochmyle, on a vertical sandstone cliff can be found some of Britain’s finest cup-and-ring marks dating from prehistoric times.
Mauchline Castle, Ayrshire

Mauchline Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland

Here is the centre of Mauchline.

Centre of Mauchline, Ayrshire

Centre of Mauchline, Ayrshire, Scotland

This is Poosie Nansie’s Inn which is just a stone’s throw from the site of the house where Burns’ wife Jean Armour lived. The atmosphere and clientele at Poosie Nansie’s inspired Burns to write ‘The Jolly Beggars’.

Poosie Nansie's Pub, Mauchline

Poosie Nansie's Pub, Mauchline, Scotland

Mauchline Church

Mauchline Church, Ayrshire

Mauchline Church, Ayrshire, Scotland

Burns Museum at Mauchline.

Burns Museum, Mauchline

Burns Museum, Mauchline, Scotland

This inscription can be found on the property next to Poosie Nansie’s (Cowgate) and was formerly the Whitefoord Arms. It reads:

“This is the house tho’ bilt anew where ‘Burns’ cam weary frae the plough to hae a crack wi Johnny Dow on nights ateen and whiles to haste his mountain… wi Connie Jean.”  This relates to courting of Jean Armour by Robert Burns. John Dow (or Dove) was the publican of the Whitefoord Arms.

Burns inspired inscription opposite Poosie Nansie's Pub

Burns inspired inscription opposite Poosie Nansie's Pub, Mauchline

Overall, a fascinting place to spend a day.

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