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RERWICK, Kirkcudbrightshire

"The parish has borne, at different periods, the names of Dundrennan, Monkton, and Rerwick, or Rerrick....

The parish of Rerrick is ten miles in length, and the average breadth is about six miles. It is bounded on the north by the parish of Kelton; on the east by the parish of Buittle and a Bay of Solway at the mouth of the water of Urr; on the South by the Solway; and on the west by the parish of Kirkcudbright.

...Towards the north, it assumes a highland appearance, with a frontier of considerable mountains, the most remarkable of which, both in height and picturesque character, is Bengairn...

Of late years agriculture, properly so called, has not been extending in the parish; and, on the contrary, many of the finest farms have been laid down in permanent grass. In this way black cattle may be considered as truly the staple commodity of the district....

There are two villages in the parish, which have been already described,-- the one at the head of the Bay of Auchencairn, and the other in the immediate vicinity of Dundrennan Abbey. There are three licensed public-houses in Auchencairn, and two at Dundrennan, which are well kept and regulated "

Rev. James Thomson, Minister, New Statistical Account, Blackwood.

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History, Kirkcudbright. The New Statistical Account of Scotland, 2nd Series, W Blackwood, 1845.


The Church Yard of Rerrick and Abbey of Dundrennan has had pre 1855 monumental inscriptions transcribed and indexed. The index and transcribed inscriptions are included in a series of volumes that cover all of Kirkcudbrightshire. Rerrick is in volume 5. Abbey of Dundrennan is in volume 3. Refer to the county page for additional details.

Church History

"The greater proportion of the inhabitants of the parish belong to the Established church, although there is a respectable congregation of the Free Church at Auchencairn, under the ministry of Rev. Mr. Murray...."

Rev. James Thomson, Minister, New Statistical Account, Blackwood.

Church Records

Church of Scotland records are held at the General Register Office in Edinburgh. Copies of the pairsh register on microfilm may be consulted in LDS Family History Centres around the world. Refer to the county page for additional details.

Records Available Baptism Marriage Burial Reference
Church of Scotland 1736-1854 1736-1854 none OPR 879

Kirk Session Notes: Rerrick kirk session minutes start in 1751. (CH2 311)


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