Site of Benwhat village, off A713 north-west of Dalmellington, East Ayrshire (June 2013)
The above photo is from the Cumnock Chronicle. This is located at the site of the village. You can just see the War Memorial which is all that is left at the edge of Pud Rowan's left upper arm.
In Dalmellington (south of A713)
The Standing Stones of
Dael Meallain Tuinn
(The meeting place at the Mound With a Motte)
For over 6,000 years there have been settlements around the Loch Doon area, and particularly in the Doon Valley.
Time had already taken some of these settlements, and no doubt the future will take more.
Councillor Robert Taylor of Dalmellington felt that future generations should have a permanent reminder of these settlements and their people.
At the end of 1999, and on the threshold of a new millennium, these standing stones were erected with the help of Scottish Coal, Cumnock and Doon Valley Minerals Trust and Dalmellington Community Council to symbolise the seven settlements of Dalmellington, Bellsbank, Burnton, Craigmark, Benquhat, Pennyvenie, and Waterside.
The history of the area is steeped in the mining tradition, and that is why the centre stone not only bears the Dalmellington Coat of Arms, but also The Eternal Flame ot the last great mining company to work the valley, Scottish Coal.
Dalmellington Stones are located to the north of the town and dedicated to the 7 villages of the Doon Valley
Dalmellington Community Council presented a Miners Hutch and Bench to the Parish. This hutch is situated in front of the Community Centre as you enter Dalmellington on the B713 from Ayr and can be seen from the road. An unveiling event was held on Sunday 13th October 2019 and photos from this can be viewed on the Dalmellington Community Association facebook page.
Dedicated to the Miners of Dalmellington Parish
and their contribution to the development of
Dalmellington Community Centre
‘May the sons of our sons remember,
Dalmellington with pride’