Brydekirk
The Dumfriesshire Companion
Haig Gordon

THEMES & PERSONALITIES

Introduction

Some Historical Background

The Border

From Westerkirk to Westminster Abbey -
Thomas Telford


Robert Burns - Doonhamer

The Sage of Ecclefechan - Thomas Carlyle

Hugh MacDiarmid and the Muckle Toon

Other Literary Figures

The Artists

Fame and Fortune

Other Pairs of Eyes

Brydekirk

At the beginning of the nineteenth century there were grand plans for Brydekirk: a grid-iron layout of streets fronting onto a semi-circular tree-lined boulevard, and textile mills powered by the River Annan. But only the present Bridge Street emerged from this proposal, while the mills were demolished long ago. The development scheme had been the initiative of Colonel Alexander Dirom (1757-1830) of the Mount Annan estate to the south-east on the opposite bank of the river. Dirom, originally from Banffshire, was a distinguished army officer. He came into possession of Mount Annan through marriage to its heiress Magdalen Pasley.

The present kirk was built in 1835 as a chapel of ease, a gift from Mrs Dirom. A chapel of ease was for parishioners who would otherwise have had to travel a substantial distance for worship. No doubt it was handy for Mrs Dirom herself.

Down by the River Annan, slightly upstream from the present village, are fragments of two earlier ecclesiastical buildings: on the west side, the original twelfth-century kirk dedicated to St Bryde or Bridget; on the opposite side the burial ground of the medieval kirk of Luce which was demolished in 1609 when the parish was absorbed into Hoddom. It was around here that the village had its nucleus until it did a Dirom-a-dee.

PLACES

Ae
Amisfield
Annan
Auldgirth
Bankend
Beattock
Bentpath
Brydekirk
Canonbie
Carronbridge
Carrurtherstown
Chapelknowe
Clarencefield
Closeburn
Collin
Cummertrees
Dalswinton
Dalton
Dornock
Dumfries
Duncow
Dunscore
Durisdeer
Eaglesfield
Eastriggs
Ecclefechan
Eskdalemuir
Glencaple
Gretna
Hightae
Holywood
Johnstonebridge
Kettleholm
Kirkconnel
Kirkpatrick Fleming
Kirkton
Kirtlebridge
Langholm
Lochmaben
Lockerbie
Middlebie
Moffat
Moniaive
Mouswald
Newton Wamphray
Parkgate
Penpont
Powfoot
Ruthwell
Sanquhar
Templand
Thornhill
Tinwald
Torthorwald
Tynron
Wanlockhead
Waterbeck

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