East Ayrshire

A former railway junction, mining and foundry town, Hurlford is located 2 miles (3 km) east of Kilmarnock near the River Irvine. Now a residential centre, it was once part of the former Barony of Riccarton, which was associated with the Wallace clan during the lifetime of William Wallace (1274 - 1305). The settlement developed around the Portland Iron Works, which operated between 1846 and 1893. There were also several coal mines nearby, including Barleith, Dollar, Dykehead and Mayfield. Local industries include whisky blending and bottling and the manufacture of clothing. A sizeable railway depot on the southwestern edge of the settlement became bonded warehouses for whisky.

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