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The historic town of Kilwinning lies on the River Garnock, a few miles from inland from Ardrossan and Stevenston. It is perhaps best known for its abbey and Masonic background, recognised as the birthplace of Scottish Masonry. The 800th anniversary of the founding of the abbey was celebrated in 1988 and is one of many fascinating historical sites that make up an integral part of our national Heritage.
Though it may be hard to appreciate it today, Kilwinning Abbey was once one of the grandest abbeys in Scotland. It was founded some time between 1162 and 1187 by Tironesian monks from Kelso Abbey. The patron was believed to be Richard de Moreville, Lord of Cunninghame, Lord of Lauderdale and Constable of Scotland. It was his father, Hugh de Moreville a Norman Noble, who was granted and estate in Scotland by David I as attempted to take full control of his Kingdom. It seems likely that in founding Kilwinning Abbey, Richard de Moreville was assisted by William I of Scotland.
Kilwinning is noted as the original Lodge of the Freemasons. When the Lodges were renumbered, Kilwinning was kept as Lodge Number '0', the Mother Lodge of Scotland. The origin of the Lodge is unclear however the first documented evidence was a mention in The Schaw Statutes of 1598 and 1599 in which the first paragraph claims it as the "heid and secund ludge of Scotland". The lodge's own legend attributes the formation to the building of the Abbey at Kilwinning in the 12th Century. There existed in this period corporations or fraternities of masons, endowed with certain privileges and immunities, capable of erecting religious structures in the Gothic style.
Kilwinning now consists of the pedestrianised historic town centre, Bridgend (which originally was a separate village), both now surrounded by the newer estates of Corsehill, The Blacklands, Woodwynd, Pennyburn, Whitehirst Park, and Woodside. A popular local nickname for Kilwinning is Kilwinkie.
With many commuters travelling to Glasgow and beyond, whether you would be moving to Kilwinning and the surrounding area for work, retirement or to bring up your family there is a wide variety of properties for sale in this area. Taylor & Henderson’s staff have a wide local knowledge and would be happy to answer any queries you have.
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