[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]
"KIRKGUNZEON, a parish in the county Kirkcudbright, Scotland, 6 miles E. of Castle-Douglas. It is a railway station on the Glasgow and South-Western line. It contains a village of its own name, and the village of Gateside. Its length is about 7 miles, and its breadth 5. The surface consists generally of hilly grazing land. It is watered by the Kirkgunzeon and Dalbeattie burns, and by three or four minor brooks. Granite is abundant in the S. part of the parish. It is in the presbytery and synod of Dumfries. The minister's stipend is £158. The church is a small structure built in 1790. It belonged to Holme-Cultram Abbey, and was given in 1369 by David I. to Sir John Herries, of Terregles, whose seat was at Barclosh. The ancient name of the parish was Kirkwinong, or Kirkwinnyn, so named from a spring near the church known as Winning's Well. In the neighbourhood are the remains of three Roman camps, and near Drumcultrum Tower is a Druid circle. Maxwell of Terregles is chief heritor."
"BANKEND, a hamlet in the parish of Kirkgunzeon, in the county of Kirkcudbright, Scotland, 7 miles from Castle Douglas."
"GATESIDE, a village in the parish of Kirkgunzeon, county Kirkcudbright, Scotland, 7 miles E. of Castle-Douglas."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]