The Lost Villages

An Oral History of Miners' Rows and Deindustrialisation in East Ayrshire, Scotland.

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Stories from the Rows – Thank You for Coming Along!

Glenbuck – Revisited, September 2022

Previous Blogs

Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 Events – more information

Site Visit to Commondyke and Darnconner, May 2022

A Sunny Day in Logan

Lost Villages on Film, January 2022

Benwhat Reunion Screening with Councillor Drew Filson, October 2021

Site Visit to the ‘Hill, September 2021

Site Visit to Benwhat with Councillor Drew Filson, October 2021

Listen to Lost Villages on BBC Radio Scotland’s Time Travels

New Song about Benquhat (Benwhat)

Talk for Cumnock History Group, June 2021

Report from the Coalfield Communities Partnership Open Day, 9th July 2021

Come Visit us on Friday 9th July at Dalmellignton Community Centre, 10.30am-3.30pm at the Coalfield Communities Landscape Partnership Launch event


Our first stage of the project is to research the background of the villages. In particular, we are hunting for images, film or existing testimonies. This is a tricky time to start a new project with the archives being closed, so we are currently restricted to an online search for any materials that we can find on the villages of Benquhat, Glenbuck, Burnfoothill, Commondyke, Lethanhill and Darnconner.

Map of Benquhat
Ordinance Survey Map Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

As our project focuses on the lives of those living in the villages we are particularly interested in pictures with people in them. We want to find out more about social life and community in the villages.

In addition, we are beginning to recruit volunteers to the project. If you are interested to hear what we are up to please get in touch with our researcher Dr Yvonne McFadden