Ancient Burgh Crest

Old Kirkcudbright

Glimpses into the History of an Ancient Parish & Burgh

Burgh Coat of armsAn Internet Browse Through the History Topography and Genealogy of the Ancient Parish and Burgh of Kirkcudbright

Taken from a selection of contemporary books, magazines, documents, maps, illustrations and ephemera.

The Town of Kirkcudbright is finely situated on the estuary of the River Dee, and is the county town of the County or Stewartry of Kirkcudbright in South-West Scotland.  Collectively with the County of Wigtown, the area was historically known as the Kingdom of Galloway, and now forms the western portion of the present-day local authority area Dumfries and Galloway.

Kirkcudbright is first recorded with Royal Burgh status as far back as 1455, but may have had this distinction even earlier.  Royal Burgh status gave the town authority to trade with ports outside of Scotland and reflected the security of its position, and importance of its fine sheltered harbour.

The original town was built around the old High Street where many old town-houses still survive.  With its castle, harbour and mote, it was protected on all sides by the tidal waters of the River Dee and has prospered over many centuries since.

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