According to the history of West Kilbride Parish Church (formerly St. Bride's now
St.Andrew's), it has been around since at least the Reformation. Barony church was a
United Presbyterian building.
On Monday, December 28, 2015 3:05 AM, "ayrshire-request(a)rootsweb.com"
1. Boyd of Portincross - 15 Robert Boyds in one tomb within the
parish Church of West Kilbride (Mike Boyd)
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2015 08:43:03 +1000
From: "Mike Boyd" <mikejboyd(a)bigpond.com>
Subject: [AYR] Boyd of Portincross - 15 Robert Boyds in one tomb
within the parish Church of West Kilbride
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During my recent trip to Scotland, I looked up the book A Genealogical Account of the
Principal Families in Ayrshire More Particularly in Cunninghame, by George Robertson, Vol
I, 1823 again
Under Boyd of Portincross on page 112, it says
?It is rather remarkable that, prior to the last mentioned date , all the lairds of
Portincross appear to have been of the name Robert: and this observation is corroborated
by a tradition still remembered in the neighbourhood of ttheir ancient residence, the
castle of Portincross, viz that fifteen individuals of that name and family were interred
in one tomb, within the parish Church of West Kilbryde.?
It is known that Robert the Bruce gave the then Head of Clan Boyd these lands in 1306, but
it is not until 1372, or the 6th generation, that Robert Boyd is mentioned as being of
Portincross. He was brother to Sir Thomas Boyd, third Feudal Baron of Kilmarnock.
So we are looking at a period from 1372 to 1712.
The term ?one tomb, within the parish Church of West Kilbryde?
Does the ?within the parish Church? mean that this family were actually buried inside the
The second question is from 1372 to 1712, where was the Parish Church of West Kilbride?
I do not THINK it is the old Barony Church, (now used as a community hall) as it looks
like it was built in the late 1700?s or 1800?s. So what site might have been used a a
Church prior to the Barony Church? And does this site still exist in West Kilbride? (Or
will someone find a hole in their cellar, one of these days which has 15 bodies in it?)
Thank you for any information
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