Cumnock

Coordinates: 55°27′11″N 4°15′50″W / 55.45294°N 4.2638°W / 55.45294; -4.2638

Cumnock
Scottish Gaelic: Cumnag
Cumnock is located in East Ayrshire
Cumnock

 Cumnock shown within East Ayrshire
Population 13,000 
Language English
English
OS grid reference NS569200
Council area East Ayrshire
Lieutenancy area Cumnock
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CUMNOCK
Postcode district KA18 1xx
Dialling code 01290 42xxxx
Police Strathclyde
Fire Strathclyde
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
List of places: UK • Scotland •

Cumnock (Cumnag in Gaelic) is a town in East Ayrshire, Scotland. The town sits at the confluence of the Glaisnock Water and the Lugar Water. There are three neighbouring housing projects which lie just outside the town boundaries, Netherthird, Craigens and Logan, with the former ironworks settlement of Lugar also just outside the town, contributing to a population of around 13,000 in the immediate locale. A new housing development, Knockroon, was granted planning permission on 9 Dec, 2009 by East Ayrshire Council.[1]

Cumnock housed many miners, and also served as the market town for the other, smaller towns in the district, like Auchinleck, Ochiltree, Lugar, Muirkirk and New Cumnock (the original Cumnock/Comenagh/Comno/ etc)

The town has a strong socialist heritage due to its role as a mining centre. The father of the Labour Party, James Keir Hardie, lived in the town for a large part of his life, and a statue to him sits outside the town hall. A small housing scheme in the town (Keir Hardie Hill) is named after him. The popular left-wing politician Emrys Hughes was local MP for a time in the mid-20th century, and also lived in the town.

William Wallace allegedly spent 3 months in the seat of Patrick Dunbar ((New)Cumnock or Cumno in 1296), according to the poem, The Wallace, by Blind Harry. Cumnock is also in the heart of Robert Burns country and the poet is said to have spent time there.

Cumnock also has one of Scotland's biggest Junior football teams, Cumnock Juniors. Though attracting big attendances and spending large sums of money in pursuit of success, they have been overshadowed by the achievements of local rivals Auchinleck Talbot, from the adjacent town.

For many years there were two secondary schools, Cumnock Academy and Saint Conval's High School - which was later annexed with St Joseph's Academy in Kilmarnock and became known as St Joseph's Cumnock Campus. In 2004 however St Joseph's Cumnock Campus was shut down due to falling attendance figures, and the town's Catholic children now attend the original St Joseph's Academy in Kilmarnock.

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