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Loudoun Arms

Mauchline was a convenient stopping point where passengers could be refreshed and the horses changed. The Loudoun Arms was a busy coaching inn and long after the death of Robert Burns, passengers alighting at the inn were entertained by James Humphry, a contemporary of the Bard. Beside the inn is a 'spout' where residents have drawn water for generations. It is the last accessible source of an abundant supply of water in the area, which owes it presence to the geological formation of the district. The spout has been a source of water on many occasions for the inhabitants of Mauchline and further afield who swear by its properties, and at almost every hour of the day someone can be seen drawing water. Next to the Loudoun Arms is the remains of the gatehouse to netherplace. In the wall there can still be seen the outline of doors and windows of estate workers' houses.

 

 


Poosie Nansies

Poosie Nansie's. Within its ancient walls the original kitchen remains unchanged with the 18th century, furniture and crockery still in situ. It also contains a clock made by 'Clockie' Brown, a well-known Mauchline Clockmaker and friend of Burns. Its host and hostess Nancy and Geordie Gibson were made famous by the poet. Behind the Inn, 'The Jolly Beggars Howff' held a motley crew of beggars, rogues and vagabonds - a scene witnessed by burns and his companions, James Smith and John Richmond. It was from the happening in this establishment that Burns drew his inspiration for the Jolly Beggars Cantata. Beside Poosie Nansie's is the thoroughfare know as Cowgate, once a Cattle Market enjoying a busy trade. This was the main road to Cumnock. On the wall of the shop at the street corner, a plaque marks the place where Burns spent many happy hours in the Whitefoord Arms. Its legendary host, John Dove, must have witnessed many a meeting of the poet and his contemporaries. It was the scene of the 'Court of Equity' written by Burns for private circulation among his friends, many of whom, like himself, incurred the wrath of the Kirk Session. Opposite Poosie Nansie's once stood a row of house. Behind them in the Churchyard was the green where the communion tent was erected. Burns attended the Holy Fair here he wrote another famous satire which hastened the end of the event.
The Inn today still has character and a warm welcome is evident
when ever you enter the front door.

Mauchline and District
Kilmarnock Supporters Club


           
Nineteen sixty-five was a very good year for supporters of Kilmarnock Football Club. Not only did "Killie" win the Scottish League in the most dramatic circumstances with an away victory over title rivals Hearts on the last day, but also a group of supporters were setting up what was to become one of the finest clubs in Scotland. The group had been running a travel club in the village of Mauchline, taking people to Kilmarnock games, while ironically operating out of the Temperance Hall. They decided to raise the money to build their own premises - where they could offer members a drink - but were initially only offered a site on the edge of the village. They held out for somewhere better and were eventually offered the old Co-op building close to the crossroads in the centre of the village. "That's really what has made the club," says Club Secretary Sam Stowe, the grandson of one of the original founders Sam Young. "Because they had the foresight to see that it had to be in the middle of the village and to hold on for what they wanted, the club has never looked back." A plaque above the back of the front door commemorated the official opening by William McIvor, then chairman of Kilmarnock FC. Other plaques mark leading club members to have areas of the club named after them, including Sam Young, Jimmy Scott and former Treasurer Willie Murdoch, while the club's recent addition, the upstairs function room has been named after Treasurer/Manager Harry Lyle. Big Harry, as he is known to one and all, is answerable to the Committee but runs the club between Committee meetings with "Young Sam" dealing with the administrative work. As well as meaning that they know nearly everybody in the village it has led to a club with nearly 2,500 members in a village of 8,500 people. As well as being a contender for the longest name in the Union, the club also has the longest hours, as it is open from 11 am to midnight every day. For a while they closed in the afternoons in midweek but they found they were driving members into the local pubs. The pubs themselves are not complaining, however, as the club brings people into the village, particularly for live music and after it closes at midnight the pubs are open till one o'clock. As well as the concert room, downstairs the club consists of the recently refurbished lounge and games room, which is popular for those playing pool, snooker or dominoes. And the standard of fittings means the club is the match of any pub for comfort. "It's the kind of place where women are comfortable and that's half the battle," says Sam. The club even has disabled toilets, which also allow the older members to keep their independence. The recently opened Harry Lyle Suite upstairs is available for members booking functions and offers meals and buffets. Occasionally the club runs special fun days with entertainment such as Irish bingo laid on for the members. But the biggest draw is the concert room, which seats 220 and is used for bingo on Mondays and Thursdays with live bands on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Live Scottish and English Premier League football matches are also particularly popular on Sundays. As well as its bedrock of Kilmarnock supporters the club has a big contingent of Rangers followers, and Sir Alex Ferguson's Scottish roots mean many also follow Manchester United. The area is one of the hotbeds of British football with the legendary Bill Shankly and his brothers hailing from the nearby mining village of Glenbuck Cherrypickers, produced more than 40 Scottish internationals, but now the village has literally been levelled. It's a fate that fortunately has escaped Mauchline. Although in the middle of the former coalfield Mauchline was always essentially a farming community and its most famous farmer, Robert Burns, who lived here during his most productive period, continues to attract visitors from all over the world.

Black Bull

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Ballochmyle Inn

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