Scheduled Monument

Girthon Old Parish ChurchSM7868

Status: Designated


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Date Added
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Ecclesiastical: burial ground, cemetery, graveyard; church
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 6055 5338
260550, 553380


The monument comprises a roofless, predominantly early 17th-century church with rubble walls and dressed quoins.

The E gable of the church, with its stepped arrangement of two round-arched windows and effigy niche, is of late medieval date, as is the adjoining part of the S wall which contains an ogee-arched piscina. The W gable and S wall have round-headed chamfered-margined windows. The 17th-century reconstruciton is seen in the main entrances in the gables, the 'Minister's Door' in the centre of the S wall and traces of a former gallery at the E end. The building has been roofless from the early part of the 19th century. There are headstones adjacent to the exterior walls and a 18th-century monument built into the S wall. Inside are a number of erect and recumbent grave slabs with a slabbed tomb in the N-E corner.

The area to be scheduled is a rectangle 35m E-W by 25m to include the church, its interior and an area of ground extending 5m out from its outer walls on all sides, as marked in red on the accompanying map. All lairs with existing burial rights are excluded from this scheduling.



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