Is a small village, in the parish of its name, and District of Kyle; 76 miles from Edinburgh, six from Ayr, five from Maybole and four from Kirkmichael; pleasantly situate on the banks of the Doon. The parish, which is almost eight miles at its extreme length, and three in breadth, occupies some beautiful undulating and flat land, mostly arable. In the upper portion of the parish is a coal mine, and in some other parts, lime abounds. The principal land proprietors are the Marques of Allan, R.A. Oswald Esq., the Hon. Mrs Leslie Cumming, and Andrew Hunter Esq.
The name "Dalrymple" is said to be derived from "Dalrymole" signifying "the dale on which the king was slain", and it is supposed that Coilus, a king of the Britons, was killed in battle in this place; its Gaelic name, however, was "Dail-A-Chrium-Puill" or dale of the crooked pool.
Near the Roman road, which intersects the parish, was found, in a moss, a vessel of Roman bronze, by antiquarians conjectured to be that kind used by priests in their sacrificial oblations; and in 1834 was discovered, near the same spot, an ancient vase. Both these relics are in possession of the Rev. Mr Wallace, the minister of the parish and master of the highly respectable boarding school. In this parish are three British fortlets, on commanding sites, and the ruins of three castles; these, with the beautiful loch of Martnaham, the waters of which are covered annually with yellow and white water-lily, are objects of considerable interest and curiosity with the visitors to this district.
Letters arrive from and are forwarded to Ayr by a carrier twice a week.
NOBILITY GENTRY & CLERGY
Cuninghame, Sir James Montgomery, Bart of Corsehill, Skeldon.
Hodson, Capt Brian RN, Hollybush.
McBeath, James Surgeon RN, Bartleston Cottage.
Wallace, Rev. Robert (and boarding academy), Manse.
SHOPKEEPERS & TRADERS
|Baird, William shoe maker
||Dalziel, James cooper
|Mathieson, William blacksmith
||Porteous, William schoolmaster
|Ramsay, David hosier
||Rodic (or Rodie) James tailor
|Rodman, William shoe maker
||Syminton, Henry vintner
To Ayr: David Mitchell every Tuesday and Friday morning.
This transcript was kindly provided by Keith Muirhead from Queensland.