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Anwoth Old Kirk

Door open days

5 September 2020 (Virtual Opening All Day)

6 September 2020 (Virtual Opening All Day)

Dumfries and Galloway

The roofless remains of the old parish church of Anwoth are oblong in plan, measuring c.70' by 18' 4" within 3' 6" thick walls, oriented W-E, with a doorway in both the W and E walls. Abutting on the S wall at the E end of the church is a comparatively modern tomb-house 13' 6" by 13'.

The church was built c.1626; the date 1627 is inscribed above the door, but according to Saunders, this was recently done, being the date Samuel Rutherford became minister. It was dismantled in 1826 when the new church was built (at NX 5822 5574).

Within the church is the early 17th century Gordon tomb, as illustrated, and also a cross-slab, dating to c.1100 a few yards W of the tomb, close to the N wall. It measures 2' 8" by 1' 4 1/2" and is 2 1/2" thick. It was found in the churchyard in 1892, when it was placed in its present position.

Anwoth church is first mentioned in the 12th century, when it was granted to Holyrood Abbey. In the churchyard is a monument erected to John Bell of Whiteside, a covenanter shot in 1685.

Information from OS.

Digital Resources

Anwoth Kirk on Gatehouse Folk

Photo Montage

Great pics of Anwoth through the ages

Anwoth Kirk on Canmore

Historical Detail.


Anwoth Old Kirk

Anwoth Cemetery and the Old Kirk are located in the county of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. These clips were taken in early June on a rainy afternoon. This location is also seen in the 1973 Wicker Man film.

Anwoth Hymn performed by Gatehouse Choir

Gatehouse parish church choir sing the Anwoth hymn with video tour of the Church. 

Gatehouse parish church choir sing the Anwoth hymn

Key Information

Building Date: 12th Century

  • Anwoth Kirk
  • Anwoth
  • Gatehouse of Fleet
  • DG7 2EL