St. Kintergen’s Churchyard

The cemetery is known locally as St. Kentigern’s. According to tradition, St Kentigern, who is also known as St. Mungo, came to Hoddom in 573 when returning to Glasgow after exile in Wales.At Hoddom he founded a monastery before returning to Glasgow where he became the city’s patron Saint.The site was famous for its large collection of 8th and 9th century sculptures, some of which can now be seen in Dumfries Museum. It is said that the graveyard was the site of an 11th century graveyard and medieval church. Nothing remains of the church but here is a discernible mound where the church is thought to have been situated (where the trees is in the photographs). There are many ornate 17th and 18th century gravestones to be seen today.

In 1991 the remains of a large 8th century monastery were discovered on the high ground behind the churchyard.

Situated in a bend of the River Annan, it is a beautiful place to visit.

By photos,poetry and haiku by Derek Ross

I am a photographer/ poet from Dumfries in South West Scotland. I concentrate on minimalist images and prefer using an iPhone these days. As far as my writing is concerned, I usually write short poems (some in Scots dialect), hence my interest in haiku and related forms.

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