The History of Symington Village Book

The History of Symington Church by John W. Nimmo

"SYMINGTON - Village, Church and People" is the first history of the Ayrshire village to be published since the foundation of "Simon's Toun" which grew up around the settlement of the Norman Knight Simon Loccard in the l2th century.

Apart from the village itself, the church built in 1160 is one of the finest examples of a Norman church in existence and still functions as the centre of village life today. The history of Symington through the centuries is dealt with by author John W. Nimmo as the major events of history unfold. The Crusades, The Reformation, The Disruption, The Industrial Revolution all influenced life in the village, as did some of the great figures of the past - Sir Simon Lockhart of Lee, Robert the Bruce, Sir William Wallace, Robert Burns. Changes in the way of life in the village and in the surrounding estates include the history and subsequent development of Hasel Village into an internationally renowned centre of excellence. There is a wealth of information and of pictures taken in and around the conservation village and a fine set of reproductions of the stained glass windows in the section dealing with the Symington Norman church.

The book is sponsored by Mactaggart & Mickel, the housebuilders and proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Symington Hall-for-All Building Fund. Copies of the book are obtainable from The Tam O' Shanter Experience, Alloway; Rozelle House Craft Shop; Ottakers Bookseller, High Street, Ayr; W.H. Smith, Troon; Justin Theodas, Booksellers, Kilmarnock;Langholm Farm Restaurant; Walker & Connell, Darvel; The Bookshelf, New Market Street, Ayr and Church Street, Troon.

SYMINGTON - Village, Church and People by John W. Nimmo
is published by Alloway Publishing. ISBN 0-907526-82-9.
72 pages, 2 / 3 A4, limp sewn, with over 70 illustrations, (colour and mono)
Price 8.50.

For further information or interview contact:
John W. Nimmo - telephone 01563 830597 or
R McBride at Alloway Publishing - telephone 01560 320237


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