"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 Kirkoswald and Crossraguel cemetery.
The parish is a moderately large coastal rural parish containing the village of Kirkoswald, the communities around Culzean and Turnberry Castles and the former Crossraguel Abbey. It also includes a new village of Maidens built on the former Douglaston around Maidenhead Bay and the small village of Dowhill in the south.
Kirkoswald village is a neat roadside village, some 4 miles from Maybole. The village is split by the busy A77 main road.
Culzean Castle was built in 1777 by Robert Adam for the 10th Earl of Cassilis. It is one of the great glories of Scottish architecture, built on the cliff edge overlooking the Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig. The castle is now in the hands of the National Trust for Scotland and is open to the public. The estates have been transformed into the Culzean Country Park, another tourist attraction.
Turnberry to-day consists of very little more than the commodious hotel (of 340 rooms) built in 1904 for the Glasgow and South-Western Railway. The hotel is now in private hands and was modernised in the 1980s. The famous Turnberry golf links, closed during World War I where it served as an air base for the Royal Flying Corps, has become one of Scotland's premier courses. There is little to be seen of the ruins of Turnberry Castle, of some importance and said to have been the birthplace of Robert Bruce in 1274. On the neighbouring 'Bogle's Brae' was kindled the mysterious beacon fire which summoned Bruce and his followers from Arran: an incident familiar to readers of Sir Walter Scott's 'Lord of the Isles'.
The ruins of Crossraguel Abbey comprise nave and chancel of the Abbey Church, the chapter house, south of the chancel, remains of the cloisters, dovecot, and the gatehouse at the south-west, are still imposing.
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