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Barrhill
Barrhill, South Ayrshire (Scotland)
Barrhill, South Ayrshire

Barrhill shown within Scotland
Population 400
OS grid reference NX2382
Council area South Ayrshire
Lieutenancy area Ayrshire and Arran
Constituent country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Girvan
Postcode district KA26
Dialling code 01465
Police Strathclyde
Fire Strathclyde
Ambulance Scottish
European Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Scottish Parliament Ayr
List of places: UKScotland

Coordinates: 55°04'N 4°28'W? / ?55.06, -4.46Barrhill is a village in South Ayrshire, Scotland with a population of approximately 400 in 2001[1].

Barrhill Village, around 1930
Barrhill Village, around 1930

While the surrounding area is predominantly agricultural land, the main local employer is Barr Construction Ltd. Local amenities include a village store and a Public House, "The Trout Inn"[2], formerly known as "The Commercial Hotel". On Main Street, in the centre of the village is Barrhill Bowling Club, affectionately known to locals as "The BBC".

The Cross Water of Luce (a tributary of the River Stinchar) flows through the village.

Barrhill Primary School serves the local population, providing education for 5-11 year olds. In the 2006/7 academic year it had a roll of 34 pupils[3].

[edit] Transport

Barrhill lies on the A714 road between Girvan and Newton Stewart. In addition, Barrhill railway station, on the Glasgow South Western Line is approximately ½ mile South West of the Village centre. This station featured in The Five Red Herrings, a 1931 Lord Peter Wimsey detective novel by Dorothy L Sayers.

[edit] Local History

In 1665, by the side of Cross Water in Barrhill, John Murchie and Daniel Mieklewrick were found by soldiers to be in possession of Bibles and assumed to be Covenanters and shot to death. They were buried on the spot, and a memorial was built, known as "The Martyrs' Tomb"[4].

"The Martyrs' Tomb Walk" is now a popular scenic walk which follows the banks of Cross Water for 600 metres from the bridge in the village centre to the tomb itself.


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