We have put together a note about where to look for local family history information.
Click on this link to have a look : DIY Family History Research.

Girthon old graveyard is at Girthon Kirk, and the Girthon Parish Graveyard is at the end of Memory Lane in Gatehouse.

Anwoth Old Kirk graveyard is at the clachan of Anwoth, and the Anwoth Parish Graveyard is by the modern (but now de-consecrated) church.

We have taken photographs of and transcribed all gravestones at all 4 of the above graveyards. These are presented together with several other Stewartry graveyards, on website www.kirkyards.co.uk . On that website you can search for text and examine photographs of the gravestones.

We first transcribed the stones in these graveyards in 2007, and we know of at least two stones that have fallen over and broken since then and these are now unreadable.

On the home page of this website ('gatehouse-folk.org.uk'), there is a text search facility for the whole of the website. To enable family historians to search gravestone inscriptions as well as all the other parts of this website, we have decided to add this information in a series of  searchable additional web pages Please note there are no gravestone photographs on this website.

The transcriptions from the 4 graveyards are accessible by clicking their names on the left menu.

Each transcription refers to a stone number which can be located by reference to a map of the relevant graveyard.


In addition to the above 4 graveyards, we are aware of at least 3 small private graveyards :

  1. The "McCulloch" private walled burial ground is adjacent to the new Anwoth graveyard. The stones there have been photographed and transcribed and they are included at the end of the new Anwoth graveyard section on www.kirkyards.co.uk.
  2. A small but badly weathered graveyard at Kirkdale contain 47 stones, most of which relate to members of the "Rainsford / Hannay" families but some workers from the estate have also been commemorated. We have not yet had a chance to photograph these stones and the only reference we are aware of is an abbreviated transcription which was published in 1993 in a volume called "The Stewartry of Kirkcudbright Monumental Inscriptions pre 1855 volume 6" which was edited by Alison Mitchell and published by the Scottish Genealogical Society. [ISBN : 0901061 56 5].
  3. There is a single "Cliff-McCulloch" headstone on the hillside above Kirkclaugh House which is shown below.

Page last updated on: Wednesday, 24 February, 2016.