Mauchline in Ayrshire was home to Robert Burns and has had a church on site since the 12th Century, originally established by monks from Melrose Abbey.
The previous church was used by the Burns family, and the bard himself was a regular visitor, often on the Cutty Stool, (naughty step), summoned by the Kirk Session for misbehaving.
The present Church was built on the original site in 1829. The adjacent Kirkyard contains the graves of many of Robert’s family and associates including;
Rev. William (Daddy) Auld, Gavin Hamilton (Lawyer), William Fisher (Holy Willie)
Robert’s brother -John Burns , Andrew Noble – (Session Clerk )-
Four of Burns’ children, Jean, unnamed twins, and Elizabeth Riddell Burns.
After 185 years, the roof, and other aspects, of this iconic church are desperately in need of repair and refurbishment, estimated to cost upwards of 385 thousand pounds. While grants have been applied for, it is expected there will be a substantial shortfall.
The Mauchline community are rallying round - school children are raising money, coffee mornings etc. are being held, but it will be a long hard struggle.
It is felt that many Burns’ lovers worldwide may wish to assist in this very important project, and should be given the opportunity to help financially. We don’t want it to become a supermarket or worse!
If you wish to help, your donation would be gratefully received and can be sent to Mauchline Parish Church Restoration Fund Account
Click on our web site www.mauchlineparish.org.uk/paypaldonations.htm
All monies received into the above Trust Account will be used for the repair and maintenance of church properties.
Thanks to Mauchline Burns Club for extracts from their publication “Mauchline Kirkyard”