Listed Building

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Alloway Kirk Graveyard including Hughes Mausoleum, Gatepiers, Gates and Boundary Wall and excluding Scheduled Monument No 308, 'Alloway Kirk', AllowayLB21471

Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
Last Date Amended
Local Authority
South Ayrshire
Planning Authority
South Ayrshire
NS 33203 18060
233203, 618060


Graveyard to Alloway Kirk. Near square-plan. Predominantly 19th century headstones, some with railed areas. Notable is the headstone of Robert Burns father, William Burnes, who was buried in 1784. Mausoleum of Lt Gen Hughes of Mount Charles to southwest corner who was buried in 1832; architraved openings flanked by fluted columns; pilaster angles; triglyph entablature; mutuled cornice; blocking course.

Stone gatepiers and 2-leaf iron gates to central entrance. Iron railed stone stair to left. Coped boundary wall enclosing site.

Statement of Special Interest

Of special note is the resting place of Robert Burns father. Also of particular interest is the finely executed classical mausoleum to Lt Gen Hughes of Mount Charles, employing similar details to the Burns Monument (see separate listing).

'Alloway Kirk' is Scheduled Monument No 308 and is excluded from the listing.

Listed building record and statutory address updated in 2015. Previously listed as 'Alloway, Alloway Kirk Graveyard including Hughes Mausoleum, Gatepiers, Gates and Boundary Wall.'



Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: CANMORE ID 277367

Ordnance Survey (Surveyed 1857, Published 1860) Ayr Sheet XXXIII.14. 25 Inches to the Mile Map. 1st Edition. London: Ordnance Survey.

Groome, F. H. (1882) Ordnance Gazetteer Of Scotland, Edinburgh: Thomas C Jack. Vol 1 p.44.

MacGibbon, D. & Ross, T. (1897) The Ecclesiastical Architecture Of Scotland, Edinburgh: D Douglas. Vol 2. pp.393-4.

Close R. (1992) Ayrshire And Arran, An Illustrated Architectural Guide. Edinburgh: Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. p.156.

Willsher, B. (1996) Scottish Epitaphs. Edinburgh: Canongate. p.56-7.

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