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Girthon Old Parish Church

Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Church (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Girthon Old Parish Church

Classification Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Church (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Girthon, Old Kirk And Churchyard; Old Parish Church Of Girthon; Girthon Kirk

Canmore ID 64150

Site Number NX65SW 2

NGR NX 60550 53379

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Girthon
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Stewartry
  • Former County Kirkcudbrightshire

Archaeology Notes

NX65SW 2 60550 53379.

(NX 6055 5337) Church (NR) (Remains of)

OS 6" map (1957)

The old parish church of Girthon occupies a site dating back at least to the 13th century (I F MacLeod 1969). The existing building an oblong, which measures 69' by 20' within 3' thick walls, is roofless and in a very bad state or repair. The greater part of it was reconstructed c. 1625, but parts of the E gable and the E end of the S wall are of pre-Reformation date; there is a piscina of probably 16th century date in the S wall. The side walls stand 12' 8" high, and the height from the ground to the apex of the E gable is c 22'. The building was in use until 1817 or 1818 when the present church was built.

RCAHMS 1914, visited 1911; G Hay 1957

As described; the dedication is not known.

Visited by OS (RD) 24 February 1972.


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