East Ayrshire

A village in the Kyle district of Ayrshire, Ochiltree is situated 4 miles (6.5 km) west of Cumnock close to the confluence of the Burnock Water with the Lugar Water. Ochiltree Castle, overlooking the Lugar Water 1¼ miles (2 km) to the north northwest, was built by the Colville family in the 12th C. but levelled in 1449 by the Douglases following a feud and little trace remains. The village developed from the 1890s in association with coal mining, a sawmill and a tile works. The Killoch super-pit was a strikingly modern architectural creation which opened in 1960, but closed in 1987 and was demolished shortly thereafter. Following the demise of deep mining in the surrounding area, Ochiltree turned to treating open cast coal for delivery to power stations. George Douglas Brown, author of 'The House with the Green Shutters', was born in Ochiltree in 1869. It was also the birthplace of the industrial chemist Charles Tennant (1768 - 1838).

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