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Parish of Ochiltree

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Study of Ochiltree Parish, Ayrshire

This profile is part of the "Ochiltree, Ayrshire One Place Study.

1831 Census info

  • Population of Parish: 1562 (down 26)
  • Families: 320
  • Dwelling Houses: 271
  • Males: 739, Females: 823
  • Village: 642 people, Rest of Parish: 920 people.[1]


  • Ochiltree was historically a rural parish, so its main industry was farming (agricultural and grazing). There was very little industry existing until the arrival of large scale coal-mining.
  • snuff boxes were manufactured in Ochiltree, but this commercial industry was dominated by the makers in both Cumnock, and Mauchline. Some box makers were –
  • Hugh Kay,
  • John Murdoch,
  • Alexander Murdoch**, and
  • Mungo Peden.
Note** Alexander Murdoch appeared to take on many trades. He is listed in the 1837 Directory as: a grocer, spirit dealer, and snuff box maker.[2]

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Research Notes

References Used:

  • [Love 1] "The History of Ochiltree: Village and Parish", Dane Love, 2021, Carn Publishing
  • [Love 2] "----- Farming in Ayrshire----? " - need to check this
  • [-------] ----- Green Braes?-------- - need to check this


  1. Love 1,Pg,42
  2. Love 1,Pg 222

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