Museum Piece July 2010

David Devereux

St. Cuthbert’s Churchyard is of particular historic interest. The older, lower part of the cemetery is known to be the location of the original ‘Kirk of St.Cuthbert’, established perhaps as early as the later 700s when Galloway was part of the Anglian kingdom of Northumbria. The church may have been an important mission centre or minster to spread Christianity in this part of Galloway. The new church was dedicated to the patron saint of Northumbria – St.Cuthbert. Although the church has long since gone, its name moved down the hill to the burgh and port which was established after it on the banks of the Dee – Kirkcudbright.

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