Nicholas Cowen I, Coal Miner (17??--1820)
Glenbuck, Muirkirk, Ayrshire

Glenbuck, near Muirkirk
Glenbuck in its heyday
population: 1800 (800), 1900 (1,750), 2,000 (nil)
Glenbuck lies 3 miles east of Muirkirk, higher into the hills.The first coal and ironstone was dug around 1790. Nowadays, there is only an opencast working to recall the village that once was home to Nicholas Cowen.

Source: Old Muirkirk and Glenbuck, David Pettigrew, Cumnock, 1996