SHEWALTON, a village, in the parish of Dundonald, district of Kyle, county of Ayr, 5 miles (W. by S.) from Kilmarnock; containing 219 inhabitants. This is a colliery village seated on the bank of the Irvine, in the northern quarter of the parish. The colliery has been a considerable time in operation, and the produce is largely exported: the depth of the shaft is thirty-five fathoms, and there are two seams of coal, the one thirty-four, and the other forty-three inches thick, the distance between the two being about sixteen feet. In the village is a school.

A Topographical dictionary of Scotland. . 1856.

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