Auld Kirk, Alloway, Ayrshire

This evening, I am posting information on the ruined Auld Kirk (‘old church’) at Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland. This small ruin has achieved great fame and status as a visitor attraction due to connection with Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns who was born a short distance away.

Alloway is about forty miles south-west of Glasgow in the west of Scotland.

The building is difficult to date with certainty but evidence suggests work was undertaken in 1516 although its origins may go back to the 13th century. As a Christian place of worship the site could go back much further in time.

Auld Kirk, Alloway

The site is particularly noteworthy for the following reasons:

  • As setting for witches and warlocks in Burns’ 1791 poem Tam o’Shanter.
  • As burial-place for Burns’ parents, William Burns and Agnes Brown.
  • Collection of pictorial gravestones.

Burial headstone of Burns’ parents.

Inscription authored by Robert Burns on reverse of his parents headstone.

Other Robert Burns connected sites in Alloway include: his birthplace; Brig o’Doon (bridge); monument; and dedicated visitor centre.

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