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CAIRN TABLE WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Baird Ferguson 2010

Muirkirk is a small town which lies 24 miles inland from Ayr close to the Lanarkshire border. Cairn Table is the highest of the hills which dominate the moorland landscape to the south of Muirkirk, rising 593m above sea level. The memorial is at the top of Cairn Table and was constructed by hand in 1920. No names appear on the exterior but are encased inside in a box. This box contains the names of the 349 men and women who served in the 1914-18 War. The names of the 87 who were killed are marked on the scroll with a black cross. There is also a smaller box inside which contains the names of the people who made at least two trips up the hill carrying stones for the construction. Prior to this memorial being built there were two large cairns on the summit; one remains largely intact, but the other was heavily robbed of stone to build the monument to the people of Muirkirk who fought in the 1914-1918 war.

Photographs Copyright © Baird ferguson 2010

ERECTED
IN MEMORY OF
THE 87 MEN OF
MUIRKIRK PARISH
WHO FELL IN,
AND ALSO TO THE
HONOUR OF THE
262 MEN AND WOMEN
WHO RETURNED FROM,
THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918

Last updated 20 July, 2010

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