Cumnock

We are often asked where to go to see or find out more information about Keir Hardie and his life. Written resources are spread across a number of sites, but there is one must-see destination – Cumnock in Ayrshire.

Cumnock SIgns

Keir Hardie moved to Cumnock in 1880 at the request of Ayrshire miners. He also wrote for the local newspaper, the Cumnock News. His house, Lochnorris, still stands today and there is a walking trail that takes in the main Hardie sights. These include the memorial stone in the cemetery, a bust outside the Town Hall and Lochnorris itself.

An essential part of any visit should be the Baird Institute in the town centre. This is the local museum and houses the Lochnorris collection of papers and artefacts. There is a room dedicated to Keir Hardie with a number of exhibits from the collection.