Barrmill's Cholera outbreak

by Roger Griffith
  • The copse marking the Barrmill Cholera pit
  • Detail of the triangular grave site below South Barr farm

In the 1830s 40 Barrmill and Greenhills area locals died from Cholera and were buried in a triangular 'Cholera pit' plot at the base of Jamesill Hill. The tradition is that the disease was passed on from a group of gipsies that local boys had gone out to meet.

Troops were regularly placed to prevent entry or exit during cholera outbreaks and normal burial in Beith was impossible and impractical, given the number of deaths. The mass grave was marked by group of Sycamore trees, some of which still survive.


lily WEIGHILL says

I was born and bred in Barrmill  Is this what we called

" Dead Mans Planton "   Thanks for this bit of information

Lily Weighill (nee Anderson)

Roger Griffith says

Thanks for name of the site - I will add it to Barrmill's Wikipedia website.

Roger Griffith says

The Crawford Brothers from the old factory used to maintain the site, keeping a fence around it, etc. By the 1920s this had stopped.

Roger Griffith says

In 1908 the local paper recorded that not even a fence surrounded the spot and a resident of Barrmill suggested that a suitable stone and a fence should be erected to mark the resting place of the unfortunate ancestors of Barrmill residents and also to recognise the sacredness of the burial site.

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