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Kirkgunzeon

Kirkgunzeon (Scottish Gaelic: "Cill Fhionnain") is a veelage an ceevil pairish in the historical coonty o Kirkcoubrieshire in Dumfries an Gallowa, soothwast Scotland. The veelage is aboot 10 mile soothwast o Dumfries and aboot 4 mile nor'east o Dawbeattie. The ceevil pairish is boondit bi Lochrutton pairish til the north, Urr pairish til the wast, Colvend an Southwick pairish til the sooth, an New Aibey pairish til the east.

Kirkgunzeon is recordit in c. 1200 as Kirkwynnin.[1] Wynnin represents a Cumbric form o the Scots Gaelic Finnén, a diminutive o Findbarr.[1] William J. Watson taks this tae be Findbarr o Moyville.[1] Thomas Owen Clancy argies the name commemorates Uinniau, a local Breetish saunt that's no recorditi in leeterar records.[2]

Government[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kirkgunzeon Community Cooncil is ane o 23 community cooncils in the Stewartry.[3] The community cooncil serves an estimatit population o 319.[4] The maximum nummer o votin members o the community cooncil is 11.[4]

Kirkgunzeon is in electoral waird 06 Abbey.[5] It is pairt o the Dumfries an Gallowa coonty constituency in the Pairlament o the Unitit Kinrick, and pair o the Gallowa an Wast Dumfries constituency o the Scots Pairliament (Holyrood).

Eddication[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kirkgunzeon Primary Schuil serves the veelage an the surroondin aurie as weel as childer fae the destrict o Beeswing.[6] The schuil is marraet wi Colvend Primary Schuil an Palnackie Primairy Schuil; thir schuils skare a dominie.[6] Childer fae Kirkgunzeon attend Dawbeattie Primary Schuil Nursery.[7]

The praisent schuil biggin wis built in 1964.[6] It is a single storey biggin, wi twa clessrooms.[6] It haes a capacity for 47 scholarts.[8] The umwhile schuil biggin, noo a dwellin, wis on the ither side o the river in the oreeginal veelage o Kirkgunzeon.[9] It served scholarts uptil the statutory leavin age fae the stairt o compulsory eddication in 1872 until 1945, whan it becam a primary schuil.[9]

The first Statistical Account of Scotland of 1791-99 records ae schuil and ae dominie in the pairish.[10] The seicont Statistical Account, written in 1844, notes that the war a schuil an aw "at the lawer end o the pairish, built bi fermers at thair ain expense.[11]

Releegious sites[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kirkgunzeon Pairish Kirk haudit its final service on Sunday 13 October 2013.[12] The Kirk o Scotland congregations o Kirkgunzeon an Dawbeattie pairishes wis offeecial jyned on Wadensday 16 October 2013.[12] Kirkgunzeon hid umwhile been linkit wi Lochend an New Aibey kirk on 24 Juin 2009.[13] The link wis braken on 25 September 2013.[13]

On 4 August 2015 the Dumfries an Gallowa Cooncil received an application tae alter the kirk biggin tae be a dwellin.[14]

Cultural references[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kirkgunzeon railwey station is short an lang mentiont in Dorothy L. Sayers novelle The Five Red Herrings that is set in Gallowa.[15]

Listit biggins in Kirkgunzeon[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Drumcoltran Tower, And Adjacent Farmhouse
  • Camphill Village Community, Lotus House
  • Kirkgunzeon, Mansepark House, (Formerly Rowanglen)
  • Kirkgunzeon Parish Church, Churchyard Walls And Tombstones (Church Of Scotland)
  • Kirkgunzeon, Bridge Over Kirkgunzeon Lane
  • Camphill Village Community, Lotus House, Walled Garden, Garden Cottage And Stables Cottage, Barn And Kennels
  • Kirkgunzeon Parish Church Graveyard, Mcwhire Monument
  • Corra Castle

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Watson, W. J. (1926). The Celtic Place-Names of Scotland. Edinburgh and London. p. 165. Archived frae the oreeginal on 2014-08-21.
  2. Clancy, Thomas Owen (2001). "The real St Ninian". The Innes Review: 17, 20. doi:10.3366/inr.2001.52.1.1.
  3. "AMENDED SCHEME FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMUNITY COUNCILS IN DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY". dumgal.gov.uk. 2014. p. 2 (16). Retrieved 2016-01-02.[deid airtin]
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Community Councils: Kirkgunzeon". info.dumgal.gov.uk. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  5. Communications Unit, Council Offices. "Polling places". Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Communications Unit, Council Offices. "Kirkgunzeon Primary School". Archived frae the oreeginal on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  7. "Zoned Nursery Classes". dumgal.gov.uk. 2012. Retrieved 2016-01-02.[deid airtin]
  8. "Dumfries and Galloway Primary Schools Capacity Information". Archived frae the oreeginal on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Lindsay, Alan W. (1959). "Chapter 20: The Parish of Kirkgunzeon". In Laird, John; Ramsay, D.G. (eds.). The Stewartry of Kirkcudbright. The Third Statistical Account of Scotland. 14: The Counties of Kirkcudbright and Wigtown. Glasgow: Collins (published 1965). p. 217.
  10. Heron, James (1793). "Parish of Kirkgunzeon". In Sinclair, John (ed.). The Statistical Account of Scotland. 7. Edinburgh. p. 192.
  11. Crocket, John (1844). "Parish of Kirkgunzeon". The New Statistical Account of Scotland. 4. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons (published 1845). p. 222.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Lewis, Trish (2013-10-03). "Kirkgunzeon Church to close". Daily Record. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Russell, Sally (2013-09-25). "Presbytery of Dumfries and Kirkcudbright: Reports for the meeting on 25th September 2013 (Item 6: Ministry and Resources Committee Report)" (PDF). Presbytery of Dumfries and Kirkcudbright. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  14. "Dumfries and Galloway Council: Weekly list of applications received for the period 31/07/2015 to 07/08/2015". Archived frae the oreeginal on 2015-09-06.
  15. Sayers, Dorothy L. (2009-10-15). Five Red Herrings: Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 9781848943711.


Coordinates: 54°59′N 3°46′W / 54.983°N 3.767°W / 54.983; -3.767