"The surface is finely diversified with hill and dale, and though it does not abound with grand and sublime prospects, affords much beautiful and picturesque scenery. In the lower and middle districts, the ground is broken and uneven, and frequently juts out into steep banks and rocky knolls covered with furze and broom. In the upper district, it presents a more level and arable appearance.

....The soil, climate, and situation are in general well adapted for planting and raising wood, as the rapid growth of various kinds of trees tesifies....

The breeding and rearing of cattle is an object of great importance to the farmers, as they generally calculate on realizing a considerable part of their profits from this source....

The parish is bounded on the north, by the parishes of Crossmichael and Kelton; by the bay of Orchardton; on the east, by the parishes of Urr and Colvend; from which it is separated by the river Urr; and on the west, by a small stream which separates it from Kelton and Rerwick....

Castle Douglas is the nearest market town. Palnackie is the only village in the parish, it is situated on the river Urr and has a considerable trade....

....Coals, lime, wood, slates, and merchant goods are imported. Farm produce, wood, fat cattle, and sheep, are exported...."

Rev. Alexander Crosby, New Statistical Account, Blackwood.



History, Kirkcudbright, Buittle. Old Statistical Account, Sir John Sinclair,1790s History, Kirkcudbright, Buittle.

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



The Church Yard of Buittle 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. Buittle is in volume 1. Refer to the county page for additional details.

Transcripts and photographs of Memorial Headstones in the Buittle Churchyard are available on CD.



The 1841, 1851, 1861, and 1881 census for the parish of Buittle is online.




Church History

The church stands in the centre of the parish, and is accessible to all the inhabitants.... The register of Baptisms is not so complete as it ought to have been, owing to Dissenters not choosing to enter the births of their children in the parish register. The entries are chiefly made by parents belonging to the Established Church....

The following statistics were taken from the account:

Church 1793 1808 1836
Church of Scotland 678 694 847
Cameronians 67 43 5
Seceders 34 59 15
Roman Catholic 75 103 94
Episcopalians 1 1 11
Relief - 14 -
Independents - - 45
Baptists - - 1
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 1737-1854 1736-1789 OPR 859
Catholic at Munches 1745-1815 1745-1815 1745-1788 RH21/58/1

Kirk Session Notes: The Kirk Session records for the parish start in 1779. (CH2 440) The heads of families are recorded in 1785. Refer to the county page for additional details.


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Historical Geography

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Year Persons
1755 899
1801 863
1821 1023
1841 1059
1851 1042