The non monumental inscription pages from this website have recently been moved to a new home at It takes a while for search engines etc to catch up


This is a relatively new website, one of two sites, building into a resource containing a variety of information to assist people researching their family trees where their ancestors came from the Stewartry (or County) of Kirkcudbright, or the local history of the county, as it existed prior to 1975 when county boundaries were removed and it became part of Dumfries and Galloway. Our sister website, which contains a comprehensive gazetteer of the county and lots of history and genealogy articles and links, can be found at

Monumental Inscriptions (M.I.'s)
During 2001 and 2002 all inscriptions on gravestones in the following parishes were transcribed and the gravestones photographed; Borgue, Buittle, Colvend, Parton, Rerrick, Tongland and Twynholm. In 2006/7 the inscriptions in Anwoth and Girthon parishes were photographed. All inscriptions can be viewed and searched by selecting the relevant parish from the menu above, or use the Site Search link to search the complete database..

Site Search
Use this link to search all monumental Inscriptions on this website.

Surnames beginning with Mc (eg. McCartney) often appeared in old documents in the form M' (eg. M'Cartney). This website commonly converts M' to Mc to assist search engine to retrieve relevant surnames.

A great deal of work has been put into obtaining the information on the site and is copyright the author, James Bell, and of the other contributors to the website. It's intended use is to assist private individuals in their research. Information contained here may be copied and used to illustrate and publish such research, but may not be copied or published in any other way. In particular the publication of large sections of the information in any complete form is expressly prohibited. Information contained on third-party sites linked to are subject to their owner's restrictions.

Publication on the Internet
Should you be fortunate enough to find information on your ancestors here and use that information on your website, blog, forum, Facebook etc, or even if you just found it interesting, then a link back to this website - would be very welcome.

Creative Commons Licence
The Kirkyards Website is created and maintained by members of the Kirkyards Website Project Team and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

Borgue Churchyard in Spring  Twynholm Churchyard

Dundrennan Abbey  Tongland Churchyard