Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Old Dailly Church

A Scheduled Monument in Girvan and South Carrick, South Ayrshire

More Photos »
Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 55.2562 / 55°15'22"N

Longitude: -4.7939 / 4°47'37"W

OS Eastings: 222538

OS Northings: 599336

OS Grid: NX225993

Mapcode National: GBR 43.BSKR

Mapcode Global: WH2QS.B4GW

Entry Name: Old Dailly Church

Scheduled Date: 3 March 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8138

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: church; Secular: monument

Location: Dailly

County: South Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Girvan and South Carrick

Traditional County: Ayrshire


The monument comprises the remains of Old Dailly Parish Church and the surrounding graveyard: the latter contains several Covenanters' graves.

The building is of 17th-century date, although a built-up round-arched doorway in the N wall of the modern mausoleum which lies within the E end of the church indicates the existence of a pre-Reformation structure on the site. A church, dedicated to St Michael, is on record as being granted by the first Earl of Carrick to the Cluniac house at Paisley in 1236 and may be the precursor to the existing building. The church is rubble-built save for the outer face of the E gable which is constructed of ashlar sandstone. Both gable walls stand to full height and each is topped by a belfry: that on the E gable is the more ornamental of the two. The stone burial vault of the Dalrymple Hamilton family of Bargany occupies the E end of the ruined church whilst the single-storey, slate-roofed crypt of the Cathcarts of Killochan adjoins the church at the NE. The church was abandoned in 1696 in favour of a new church at Dailly. A monument in the churchyard, erected in 1835, marks the site of the graves of several Covenanters who were shot in the vicinity in 1685.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan with maximum dimensions of 65m NW-SE by 60m NE-SW to include the church and graveyard. The boundary of the scheduled area is defined by the surrounding graveyard wall which is also included in this scheduling. All burial lairs with existing burial rights are excluded.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


No Bibliography entries for this designation

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Other nearby scheduled monuments is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself. is a Good Stuff website.