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Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire

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Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire

Kilbirnie is a small town of 7280 (2001 census) inhabitants situated in the Garnock Valley area of North Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland. It is around 20 miles south-west of Glasgow and aproximately 10 miles from Paisley and Irvine respectively. Historically, the town built up around the flax and weaving industries before iron and steelmaking took over in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The suburb of Kilbirnie in the New Zealand capital of Wellington is named after the town.
Administrative CountyNorth Ayrshire
Traditional CountyAyrshire
OS GridNS3154
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
Police AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01505

Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Kilbirnie, town and par. with ry. sta., N. Ayrshire - par., 10,335 ac., pop. 5243; town, on river Garnock, 3 miles NE. of Dalry and 20 SW. of Glasgow, pop. 3405; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank; has flax-spinning mills, linen-thread mills, wincey factories, fishing-net factories, rope-works, and engineering works, and in the neighbourhood are mines and ironworks. In the church-yard is the monument, with effigies, of Captain Thomas Crawford of Jordanhill, who captured Dumbarton Castle in 1571. Kilbirnie Castle, with tower of 13th or 14th century, was an ancient seat of the Earls of Crawford; it was accidentally burned in 1757. On E. border of par. is Kilbirnie Loch.

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