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Historical Timeline for Kilwinning

 

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Event

 

   
1169 - 1189

Kilwinning Abbey built. The early history of the Tironensian Abbey of Kilwinning is obscure, it was most probably founded by Richard de Morville. It may have been built built on the site of the cell of St. Winning . It is one of Scotland's finest ecclesiastical buildings and unusual in its design.

 

1184

Kyles Well  it is traditionally said that it used to run with blood on particular occasions. This is presumably the well which Lord Hailes refers to in his 'Annals of Scotland'; near Kilwinning, it ran blood for eight days and nights without intermission. Also, the NSA (1845) refers to a fountain, blessed by St Winnog which is said by R Hoveden and Benedictus Abbas to have given warning of the approach of war by flowing with blood in 1184. This story is supported by the fact that in 1826 when the Green in Kilwinning was being levelled, a leaden pipe was discovered leading from the monastery in the direction of the well. This pipe had a considerable descent and could not have been used for drawing water from the well. In all probability it was used to introduce blood or some other liquid into the well, to convince people of its miraculous powers. It is now covered by a yard of a public hall.

 

1528 Eglinton Castle the chief seat of the Montgomeries, was burned by the Cuninghames of Glencairn.

 

1592 Abbey secularised.

 

1607 Clonbeith Castle  built. A small, early 17th century mansion
   
1775 Abbey Parish Church built. The Abbey chancel had been used up until this time when it was torn down.
   
1796 - 1802

Eglinton Castle completed,  when the old castle was wholly demolished. This earlier castle, the chief seat of the Montgomeries, Earls of Eglinton, was burned by the Cuninghames of Glencairn in 1528.

 

1811 Eglinton Tournament Bridge built.

 

1814 Remaining Abbey Tower fell after being struck by lightening.

 

1815 Abbey Church Tower built.
   
1839 The Eglinton Tournament took place.

 

1840

Kilwinning Station This intermediate station on the Glasgow - Kilmarnock - Ayr (main) line of the (former) Glasgow and South-Western Railway. was also the junction station for that company's branch line to Ardrossan. It was opened (by the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway.) on 23 March 1840, and remains in regular passenger use.

   
   
1843

Montgreenan Railway Station This intermediate station on the Dalry Junction - Crosshouse line of the former Glasgow and South Western Railway was opened by the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway on 4 April 1843.

   
   
1885

Kilwinning Mother Lodge opened. This is lodge No 0 for the Masonic movement (after another Lodge took the number 1 during the Victorian reorganisation of the movement).

   
1888

Auchenmade Railway Station This intermediate station on the Giffen - Kilwinning portion of the Barrhead - Ardrossan line of the former Caledonian Railway was opened by the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway on 3 September 1888. It was closed for a short period between 1 January 1917 and 2 March 1919.

Kilwinning, Howgate, Caledonian Railway Station Not to be confused with Kilwinning -  Glasgow and South-Western Railway. This intermediate station on the Glasgow - Giffen - Ardrossan line of the (former) Caledonian Railway. was also the junction station for that company's branch to Irvine. It was opened (by the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway.) on 3 September 1888 It was closed for a short period between1 January 1917 and 1 February 1919.

 

1924

Kilwinning, Howgate, Caledonian Railway Station renamed Kilwinning East station by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway. on 2 June 1924.

 

   
1932

Kilwinning East station  and Auchenmade Railway Station both closed to regular passenger traffic on 4 July 1932

 

   
1955 Montgreenan Railway Station closed to regular passenger traffic on 7 March 1955

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

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