In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Airds Moss like this:
Airdsmoss or Airsmoss, a morass in the E of Ayrshire, between the Water of Ayr and Lugar Water. It begins about 1½ mile ENE of Auchinleck village, extends about 6 miles north-eastward, has a mean breadth of about 1½ mile, and is approached over most of its SE side, and crossed over a small part of its further end, by the railway from Auchinleck to Muirkirk. It was the scene, on 20 July 1680, of a sharp skirmish between 63 of the Covenanters and a party of dragoons, fatal to Richard Cameron: and it contains, at a spot where the deadliest of the strife occurred, a monument popularly called Cameron's Stone. ...
The present monument is neat and modern: but the original one was a large flat stone, laid down about 50 years after the event, and marked with the names of the Covenanters who fell in the skirmish, and with the figures of an open Bible and a hand grasping a sword. The skirmish of Airdsmoss is the subject of the well-known effusion, beginning-
In a dream of the night I was wafted away,
To the moorland of mist where the martyrs lay;
where Cameron's sword and his Bible are seen,
Engraved on the stone where the heather grows green.'
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Airds Moss has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of East Ayrshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Airds Moss and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Airds Moss in East Ayrshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd May 2013
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