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Newton on Ayr

"Newton upon Ayr, par. and suburb of town of Ayr, on right bank of river Ayr, 585 ac., pop. 6511; was made a burgh of barony at an early date, and now forms part of Ayr parl. burgh."

John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887

Description and Travel

Newton upon Ayr was originally a burgh in its own right on the north side of the River Ayr. In 1873, the Burgh and the Royal Burgh of Ayr merged. The main feature of the old burgh is the Georgian Steeple which stands as a traffic island at King Street.

An 1837 description of Ayr and neighbouring areas including Newton-on-Ayr and offering a listing of the key personalities of the town, is given in this extract from Pigot's Directory for Ayrshire. The transcript was provided by Keith Muirhead from Queensland.

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The transcription of the section for Newton-on-Ayr from the National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Newton on Ayr has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NS344234 (Lat/Lon: 55.476336, -4.621752), Newton on Ayr which are provided by: