The main burial ground surrounds the parish church built in 1772 on the site of earlier churches. There is also a 20th century Colmonell Cemetery.

"Pre-1855 Gravestone Inscriptions; an index for Carrick, Ayrshire" edited by Alison Mitchell, and published in Edinburgh in 1988 by the Scottish Genealogy Society covers the parish of Colmonell and the small old cemetery at Barrhill.

Church History

There have been several churches in the parish, not all of which have survived until the late 20th century. These included:

Description and Travel

Originally known as Kilcolmonell, Colmonell is a large and very rural parish which lies in the south of the county, between Ballantrae to the south and Girvan and Barr to its north. The parish includes the villages of Colmonell, Lendalfoot, Ford, Kildonan and Barrhill. The parish is also the site of ruins of Knockdolian, Carleton and Craigneil Castles.

On the coast under Bennane Head, is found a large well-lit cave which is known as Sawney Bean's Cave. It was home to the legendary Bean family whose infamy was to have been cannibals. The legend, told in a number of popular ballads and tales, has it that they preyed on travellers on the road running above the cave.

To the east of the parish is the county boundary with the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright and the Parish of Minigaff.

View photographs of Colmonell and the surrounding area.


Historical Geography

Information about boundaries and administrative areas is available from A Vision of Britain through time.


View maps of Colmonell.