Cunninghams and the Glencairn Aisle
The town was made a burgh of barony in 1527 by the Earl of that date. Robert Burns’s patron, James Cunningham the fourteenth earl of Glencairn, upon whose death the poet wrote his touching “Lament”, sold the Kilmaurs estate in 1786 to the Marchioness of Titchfield, later the family held the title of Duke of Portland.
Kilmaurs has strong links with the Cunningham family who are associated with the town of Lambroughton for a significant period during their rise to power. The Cunningham Chiefs had a weaker connection with the Barony of Kilmaurs after 1484 when Finlaystone became the family seat; Sir William Cunningham of Kilmaurs had married Margaret Denniston, sole heir to Sir Robert Denniston in 1405, and the dowry included the baronies of Denniston and Finlaystone in Renfrewshire, the lands of Kilmaronock in Dumbartonshire, and the barony of Glencairn in Dumfrieshire. James, the fourteenth Earl of Glencairn, broke the centuries-old connection of the Cunnigham family with the area by selling the Barony and Estate of Kilmaurs, including Kilmaurs place, in 1786 to the Marchioness of Titchfield.
Kilmaurs Church and village
Metcalfe, William M. (1905). A History of the County of Renfrew from the Earliest Times. Paisley : Alexander Gardner. p. 121
Robertson, William (1908). Ayrshire. Its History and Historic Families. Vol. 2. Grimsay Press (2005). ISBN 1-84530-026-2. P. 326.
There are many inscriptions on the monuments and on the stone floor, some legible and some almost indistinguishable. However, one inscription that is very legible and very appropriate to us all is: “Anno 1600. Nothing surer than death, be therefore sober and with in prayer.”
Kilmaurs Parish & Burg by Duncan McNaught
Kilmaurs Past and Present by Robert Beattie, 1993
Cuninghame topographized by Timothy Pont, A.M. 1604-1608
Information from Jim Gray, Session Clerk of St. Maurs-Glencairn Church—information obtained in November 2005
External protection with steel meshes: 520.00
Value Added Tax at 20%: 416.40
Design, making in handmade glass, and installation: 1820.00
Total cost: £4318.40