Kirkpatrick Durham

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Kirkpatrick Durham (Scottish Gaelic: Cill Phàdraig) is a village and parish in the historical county of Kirkcudbrightshire, Dumfries and Galloway, south-west Scotland. It is located 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Castle Douglas. The village was developed in the late 18th century as a handloom weaving centre, within the existing parish of the same name. The present church was built in 1850 by Dumfries-based architect Walter Newall.[1]

In the 19th century the minister here was nominally the Rev. George Duncan. Isabelle Wight Duncan was his wife and mother to nine of their children. In 1860 she published a book that went up against the Origin of the Species. Her book reconciled the emerging geological discoveries with the stories of Genesis.[2]

John Gerrond (1765-1832) the self styled "The Galloway Poet " was born at Gateside of Bar in Kirkpatrick Durham. His Works include, Poems on Several Occasions, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (1802); The Poetical and Prose Works of John Gerrond (1812); The New Poetical Works of John Gerrond, the Galloway Poet (1818).[1] He died in the Cholera Epidemic in Dumfries in 1832.


  1. ^ Colvin, Howard, (1978) A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600–1840, John Murray, pp.697-699
  2. ^ Elizabeth Ewan; Sue Innes; Sian Reynolds (2006). The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women: From the Earliest Times to 2004. Edinburgh University Press. p. 106. ISBN 978-0-7486-1713-5.
  • "Kirkpatrick Durham". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2008-07-03.

Coordinates: 55°0′39.74″N 3°53′46.63″W / 55.0110389°N 3.8962861°W / 55.0110389; -3.8962861

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