“The Baur”, ‘a coy little place lying hidden in a great cup among the hills’, became a parish over 350 years ago in 1653, with documentation signed by Oliver Cromwell himself.

The road to Barr from Girvan passes Penquhapple Glen, among scenery which delighted the Pre-Raphaelite Circle, also said to be the inspiration for “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Christina Rossetti while visiting their Scottish hideaway at Penkill Castle.

Barr is also pin-pointed in the Art Map of Scotland, crediting George Henry’s painting “Landscape at Barr” (1891 ~ National Galleries of Scotland) as a milestone in Scottish Art.

Further on, Knockgerran House was once the site of an ancient chapel and at Lanes Toll, a huge whinstone boulder marked the scene of one of the many conventicles, held in this district. The road is well described locally as ‘the screws’ winding in and out until finally rounding the last shoulder the village is seen, nestling cosily between the rivers Stinchar and Gregg.

Walter Scott drew inspiration for the “Bride of Lammermoor” from Janet Dalrymple, a 17th Century forbear of his friend, Lord Stair. The famous Sir James Dalrymple, Viscount Stair, later to settle much of Scots Law as it still stands, was inadvertently born in Barr at Dinmurchie farm when his mother was caught short!

Carrick map

Barr’s history, nurtured by its very remoteness and insularity from the Law, is wonderfully colourful from the celtic Damnonii tribes, the itinerant smugglers (richly described in S.R.Crockett’s ‘The Raiders’), the persecuted covenanters, (the Highland Host billeted in the Stinchar Valley found the native gaelic spoken more welcome than the politics of the time) to the notorious pedlars and hucksters of the ancient “Kirkdandie Fair.” 

Follow this link for Covenanters in these parts and more information - Edward McKean buried in Barr 1685

HEAR ⋅ LYES ⋅ EDW
ARD ⋅ McKeeN ⋅ W
HO ⋅ WAS ⋅ ShoAT ⋅ IN
THIS ⋅ PARISh ⋅ BY ⋅ C
ORN: DOUGLLAS ⋅ F
Or ⋅ AdherANCE ⋅ TO
The ⋅ WoRD ⋅ OF ⋅ GOD
AND ⋅ SCOTLLANDS ⋅
COUENATED ⋅ WorK
OF ⋅ ReFOrMATION.’

Follow this link for the 1986 BBC ‘Domesday reloaded’ to see what the village was up to in the 1980s!
Barr Primary Pupils of the day who contributed were as follows:
JAMES HILL, NICOLA MURPHY, KAY PORTER, NICOLA STEWART, STEVEN BALL, HAMISH DENHAM, STEPHEN WHITE, DAVID TORBET, DIANNE STEWART, STEVEN DOAK.

You can also download a snapshot of Barr through the Scottish Post Office Directory for 1851 -52  here –  P.O. 1851-52

Mrs. Gunning

Mrs. Gunning

Road Works Daily – Old Dailly

Mon – Fri, 7am – 5pm, 14 – 25th Aug
Road closure

Stinchar Valley Magazine out now

Catch up on all the gossip and goings on around the villages

Barr Village Defibrillator

For use in emergencies in the event of heart attack

Barr – Girvan Bus Service begins

From 1st May a scheduled service will be available Monday, Wednesday, Friday ...