Dumfries and Galloway

Old Kirk, Sorbie
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Old Kirk, Sorbie

A village in the Machars of Dumfries and Galloway, Sorbie lies to the west of Wigtown Bay, 5 miles (8 km) south of Wigtown. It was established as a planned village in the late 18th Century by the 7th Earl of Galloway and was once famous for its manufacture of damask. The mausoleum of the Earls of Galloway (1735) stands in the kirkyard of the old parish church. A mile to the east of the village stand the ruins of the Old Place of Sorbie, a 16th-century tower that was a stronghold of the Hannay family. The minor poet Robert Cowper (1750 - 1818) was born at Balsier Farm to the south. While 2½ miles (4 km) to the southwest at Ravenstone, is the Swallow Theatre, promoted as Scotland's smallest.

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