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TWYNHOLM, Kirkcudbrightshire

"The present parish of Twynholm was formed by the union of the two parishes of Twynholm and Kirkchrist...

The time when the parishes of Kirkchrist and Twynholm were united, is uncertain. It is known, however, that the union took place in the course of the seventeenth century...

It is bounded on the north by the parishes of Girthon and Balmaghie; on the east, by Tongland and the river Dee, which separates it from the parish of Kirkcudbright; and on the south and west, by Borgue.

In the northern part of Twynholm the hills rise to a considerable height, and consequently some of the lands in that part of the parish are incapable of cultivation, and used solely for the pasture of sheep and black-cattle; but in the southern part, where it approaches the Dee, there is to be found excellent land, both for cropping and pasturage...

There is no market-town within the parish. The nearest market is Kirkcudbright, which is about three miles distant from the church; and Gatehouse, distant about six miles in an opposite direction. The principle cattle-market is Castle Douglas, distant nine miles.

The village of Twynholm has increased considerably within these few years. The population is now 250."

Rev. John Gordon, Minister, New Statistical Account, Blackwood.

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


The Church Yards of Twynholm and Kirkchrist 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. They are in volume 5. Refer to the county page for additional details.

Church History

"The church is placed in the very centre of the population, and almost in the centre of the parish, with easy access from all parts...

There is no other place of worship of any description within the parish besides the parish church. Number of families attending the Established Church, 145; Roman Catholic, 7; other denominations, 5; total, 157. Individuals belonging to the Established Church, 734; Roman Catholic, 34; other denominations, 29; total 797. The Roman Catholic are mostly of Irish descent. They and the Seceders attend their respective places of worship in Kirkcudbright."

Rev. John Gordon, 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 1693-1722
OPR 883
Free Church 1843-1932 CH3 1241

Kirk Session Notes: Twynholm kirk session minutes start in 1730 and continue till 1932, but many years are missing in this time frame. (CH2 952) Refer to the county page for additional details.


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