DERVAL, or DERVILLE, a regularly built, prosperous, manufacturing village, on Irvine water, at the southern verge of the parish of Loudon, Ayrshire. It is 9 miles east of Kilmarnock, on the road between that town and Strathaven. In 1811, it contained about 400 inhabitants; in 1836, 150 houses, and 1,160 inhabitants. The lands of Derval anciently belonged to the Knights Templars, and were independent of tenure, not even holding of the Crown.
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