Kirkmahoe Parish Kirk, Kirkton

A big Kirk in the wee village of Kirkton, near Dumfries, Scotland. Kirkton is very close to where I live, so is a pleasant cycle run away.  

The Parish name  of Kirkmahoe commemorates St Kentigern, the patron saint of Glasgow. Mo Choe is the Gaelic equivalent of Mungo, the Cumbric hypocoristic form of Kentigern. St.Kentigern founded the first church at the site.  

During the feudal times that followed, the one parish church at Kirkmahoe was put under the patronage of the Comyns . Then in 1492 the Stewarts (The Barons at Dalswinton) granted the endowments of Kirkmahoe to the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Bishop of Glasgow.

The current church that stands in Kirkton was commissioned in 1822 by the Laird of Dalswinton and his heirs and was designed by Walter Newall of Dumfries who also stayed on to manage the construction. The work, a very striking sandstone structure, was very impressively completed by June 1823, and Mr Newall was paid the princely sum of twenty guineas for this achievement. It is a Category B listed building.

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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