The Church bell, still in its place above the east gable since 1657, was the subject of a dispute when, in 1789, the magistrates of Ayr tried to remove it and the local populance ‘repelled the attempt by open force’.


Going round the Kirk we can see the seining bowl – an outside font where pilgrims and lepers perhaps could use the water in blessing themselves without going into the Church.

In the south wall is the doorway with the date of 1516 above, (a century late at least), and looking through the iron gate we can see 2 mort safes which should remind us of Burke and Hare in body snatching times and not, as I was told of some tourist who thought that they were mighty impressive barbeque grills!

Well maybe they weren’t so far wrong! “In hell they’ll roast ye like a herrin’”.


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