Sources of information utilised are listed below:

Scottish history

"The Statistical Accounts of Scotland 1791-99" Parish reports published by EDINA and Data Library division of Information Services at the University of Edinburgh
The National Archives of Scotland - a government agency, devoted to preserving Scotland's archive
Scotlands People - website providing access to Birth, Marriage, Death and Census data
The Scran Trust - website providing educational access to digital culture and history material
Electric Scotland - website dedicated to the history of Scotland and people and places around the world of Scottish descent

East Kilbride

"EAST KILBRIDE - The History of Parish and Village " (1965) by Thomas Eric Niven


Ayrshire History - website publishing a local history of Ayrshire and its people
"Old Muirkirk and Glenbuck" by David Pettigrew ISBN 1 872074 71 5
East Ayrshire Council, Baird Institute, 3 Lugar Street, Cumnock, KA18 1AD
East Ayrshire Council, Museums Arts and Theatre Section
"The Edinburgh Magazine" (1761)
"The Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland" (1896) by Francis H Groome
"A Survey of Ayrshire" (1811) by William Aiton
"Muirkirk in Bygone Days" (1910) by J.G.A. Baird
"Cairntable Echoes - a history of the village of Muirkirk compiled from the files of the Muirkirk Advertiser 1907 - 1974 " (2002) by James Taylor


"Poems on Several Occasions" (1788) by John Lapraik
"The Contemporaries of Burns and the more recent poets of Ayrshire" (1840) by James Paterson
"The Muirkirk Advertiser" 1914


"The Life of Robert Burns" (1886) by Rev. George Gilfillan - commercial website that brings together a wealth of material relating to Burns - website of a Burns club based in Mauchline (where Robert Burns wrote much of his best work) - website resourced by a network of museums, libraries, galleries, archives and other bodies who are the principal custodians of Burns heritage in Scotland


"Animadversions on some Poets and Poetasters of the Present Age" (1788) by James Maxwell

© John Lapraik