Dalrymple was a parish located in the former county of Ayrshire. Both county and parish ceased to exist following the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1974. The parish had an area of 32.1km2 (12.4 sq. miles) and had 6 neighbouring parishes: Ayr, Coylton, Dalmellington, Kirkmichael, Maybole and Straiton, all in Ayrshire.
The parish included the settlements of Dalrymple Village, Hollybush and Polnessan.
Conflicting evidence has arisen as to the placement of Dalrymple within the new Council Areas. The Gazetteer for Scotland states South Ayrshire, Wikipeida states East Ayrshire. It is some 6 miles (10 km) southeast of Ayr and 7 miles (11 km) northeast of Maybole in South Ayrshire.
Dalrymple is a village and civil parish in East Ayrshire, Scotland. It is at the westernmost point of East Ayrshire, about 8km south-east of Ayr. Dalrymple is in the Doon Valley, on the north bank of the River Doon. The population is 1,347.
The name Dalrymple comes from the Scottish Gaelic language, meaning "flat field of the crooked pool or river". The village is relatively modern, although the parish and church of Dalrymple are older. When the community was first established around 1800, there were two streets, Main Street and Garden Street. The village grew slowly until the late 20th century, when council housing was built to house families from coal-mining villages in the area that were suffering an economic decline.
It has about 1,000 houses. There are two pubs, a hairdresser, shops, a chemist and post office. There is also a primary school and community library. The village is in the catchment area for high schools in Ayr, Maybole and Dalmellington. The town of Ayr is six miles north of Dalrymple by road.
Sources for Old Parish Registers Records, Vital Records and Censuses
Notes for Ayrshire
Family History Societies covering Ayrshire include:
Old Parish Register Provision
Transcriptions of Gravestone Inscriptions
"Pre-1855 Gravestone Inscriptions; an index for Carrick, Ayrshire" edited by Alison Mitchell, and published in Edinburgh in 1988 by the Scottish Genealogy Society. This covers the parishes of Ballantrae, Barr, Colmonell, Barrhill cemetery, Old Dailly, New Dailly, Girvan, Kirkmichael, Kirkoswald, Crossraguel cemetery, Maybole, Straiton, Patna and Alloway (i.e. parts of South and East Ayrshire).
"Pre-1855 Gravestone Inscriptions in Kilmarnock and Loudoun District" edited by Alistair G. Beattie and Margaret H. Beattie and published in Edinburgh in 1989 (reprint) by the Scottish Genealogy Society. This covers burial grounds in the parishes of Dunlop, Stewarton, Fenwick, Kilmaurs, Kilmarnock, Riccarton, Galston and Loudoun (i.e., central Ayrshire excluding Ayr and its environs).
The Troon & Ayrshire FHS has published the following books of Monumental Inscriptions: Old Alloway, Coylton, Craigie, Crosbie (Troon), Dundonald, Monkton, Newton Green Cemetery (Ayr), Six Kyle graveyards (includes Barnweill, Culzean, Coodham, Fairfield, Newton-on-Ayr and St. Margaret's, John Street, Ayr), The Secessionist Graveyard (King Street, Ayr), St. Nicholas (Prestwick), St. Quivox, Symington, Wallacetown Cemetery (Ayr), Ayr Auld Kirk.
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