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Parish of Colvend, Kirkbean and Southwick

The parish boundary and community council areas are not quite the same.  The Parish of Colvend, Southwick and Kirkbean incorporates some of the Kirkbean community council area.  There are two churches within the parish.  A third, Kirkbean Church closed in November 2010.  It is now a private dwelling.  The Minister for both churches is Reverend James Gatherer and he can be contacted on 01556 630255 or email jamesgatherer@btinternet.com. For a link to the Parish website click  For further details of church times go to Coming Up on the front page of the website.

Colvend Church is the fourth to be built on this site.  The first was built in the 12th century.  In the early 17th century this was replaced and in 1771 the third church replaced this.  Finally in 1911 the present church was erected in place of a church which was too small for its growing congregation.  For a description of the current church click

The website of Stewartry Monumental Inscriptions details the gravestones in the kirkyard and has more information on the parish including accounts of the parish from both the first and second statistical accounts.

The photograph shows Southwick Church which is on the B793 a few hundred metres from Caulkerbush.  It was bulit in 1891 It was comissioned by Sir Mark and Lady McTaggart Stewart of Southwick House. He was MP for Kirkcudbrightshire.  Kinnear and Peddle were the architects employed.  Local craftsment were used in the construction and Galloway granite and soft red sandstone were the materials chosen.

The chime of bells was paid for by Sir Mark's sister, Miss Mary Stewart.  In 1897 Miss Stewart donated the font in commeration of Queen Victoria's Jubilee and in 1904 nine stained glass wndow were installed as a result of a further generous bequest in her will.

The windows are the work of Baron Arild Rozencratz a noted artist in glass who was related to the Stewart family.  Having studied stained glass work for Tiffany & Co, New York, he was able, at Southwick, to use the newly discovered slab glass technique, which gives the impressive depth of colour so evident in the church windows which are considered to be museum quality.

There is a war memorial  in Caulkerbush. The link lists all those from Southwick who perished in both world wars 

A mile from Caulkerbush travelling towards Colvend on the A710 is a minor road signposted Southwick Graveyard. In the middle of which is the ruin of the old church dedicated to "Our Lady of Southwick" in the 13th Century which is situated in the middle of the cemetry.  It was mentioned in Bagimonds Roll of 1274.  Edward I visited it in 1300 and left an oblation  The church was abandoned in the 1740s. 

Up the road from Sandyhills to Dalbeattie there was St Lawrence's Chapel & Well adjacent to Fairgirth.  None ot it now remains having fallen into ruin after the reformation.