"This is one of the churches that date back to pre-Reformation times. It was repaired and enlarged in 1834, and contains nearly 400 sittings. Originally, and for many centuries, it was known by the name of Sanchar. In 1212 it was a rectory. Between 1229 and 1238, it belonged to the convent of Dalmulin, and from 1239 till the Reformation it was the property of the monks of Paisley. Though Sanchar, or Sanquhar, continued to be the name of the several estates, which were portions of the ancient territory, the church, at the Reformation, looked out under the designation of St. Kevoc."
"The old church as it appeared half a century ago as described by an able writer: 'Like the other Presbyterian places of worship erected in past days, this building is remarkable chiefly for the Quaker-like simplicity of the design, the confined and badly-lighted interior, and the picture it presents of the popular taste in regard to architecture at the date of its erection. At one angle of the church a small addition has recently been made. Entrance to the gallery is obtained by outside stairs, situated at both gables, and above one of these a belfry is erected, containing the bell whose echoes are wont to awaken the people of the parish at the advent of each day of rest."
"The Old Mortality", says the same writer, "may here find a rich fund of antiquarian lore. In one corner of the churchyard, are the mausoleums belonging to the families of Craigie and Auchincruive. Conspicuous among the memorials of the departed, are the tombstones erected over the remains of the village blacksmiths of yore. One stone is occupied by a distinct and curious representation of Adam and Eve in Paradise, with the betraying, serpent coiled among the trees. The date of this stone is 1780. Some of the parishioners have a distinct remembrance of an old stone, which, with its quaint poetical inscription, has now disappeared. The rhyme ran thus:"
"Quha lies here?"
"It's me, Johnnie Wilson, what gars ye spier;
"Hech, man, Johnnie, is this you?"
"Aye, but I'm dead noo'"
"Ayrshire Nights Entertainment: A Descriptive Guide to the History, Traditions, Antiquities of the County of Ayr" by John MacIntosh of Galston, Ayrshire, published in 1894, by John Menzies & Co. of Kilmarnock, Dunlop and Drennan.