Dumfries and Galloway

Kirkmadrine Church
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Kirkmadrine Church

A location and ancient parish in the Rhins of Galloway, Kirkmadrine is located 1½ miles (2.5 km) southwest of Sandhead and is thought to represent one of the earliest Christian communities in Scotland. By the 13th century a church had been built, but this was ruined by the 18th century. Today, Kirkmadrine is the site of a 19th-century burial chapel with a porch containing Christian stones, collected from the churchyard, which date from the 5th century AD. The burial chapel was built for Lady McTaggart Stewart of Ardwell in the Romanesque style, modelled on Cruggleton Church, incorporating some remains of the earlier Kirkmadrine church.

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