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Colvend and Southwick, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland Genealogy

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This is a guide to the history and major genealogical records of Scotland as they pertain to the parish of Colvend and Southwick.  To learn more about how to use these records to search for your ancestors, go to the Scotland: Research Strategies.

History[edit | edit source]

COLVEND and SOUTHWICK, a parish, in the stewartry of Kirkcudbright; 18 miles (E.) from Dumfries. The former of these places is supposed to have derived its name from John de Culwen, its proprietor in the fifteenth century, and the latter from the position of its ancient church, now in ruins, with reference to a small river which flows through the parish into Solway Frith. The church is a plain structure, erected in 1771, and totally inadequate to the population. There is a place of worship for members of the Secession Synod.[1]

"This parish extends in length, from east to west, along the coast of the Solway Frith, about 8 miles, and is, from north to south, 4 miles broad….. There are a number of small lakes in the parish. A strong chalybeate flows from one of the clefts. It was formerly used as a tonic in intermittent fever….. Coasting vessels are employed in shipping grain to Liverpool, Dublin, Glasgow, &c.; in the herring fishery; and or bringing coal and lime from the English side. There are annually exported from the parish, about 4000 bushels of barley, and 5000 stones of meal…. The parish church is extremely ill situated for the united parishes. The nearest part of Southwick is four miles, and some farms are distant seven miles. It was built in 1771, and is too small for the present population….." excerpts from the New Statisical Account, 1845

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Refer to the Census, Civil Registration, and Parish Records Section on the Kirkcudbrightshire page for further details
Colvend - Southwick in the Catalogue
Years FHL Film Number Surname Index
1841 1042833 941.49 X22d v. 7
1851 1042551 941.49/C1 X2m 1851
1861 103841
1871 104006
1881 224055 6086610 ( 2 fiche)
1891 220453
1901 ScotlandsPeople Website Indexed
1911 ScotlandsPeople Website Indexed

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Established Church—Old Parochial Registers[edit | edit source]

Refer to the Census, Civil Registration, and Parish Records Section on the Kirkcudbrightshire page for further details
Colvend with Southwick Parish Registers in the Catalogue
OPR 861
Births 1715-1854 ◊ScotlandsPeople Website
  Batches C11861-2 C11861-4 C11861-4 M11861-4 M11861-5
Scottish Church Records Index on computer at Family History Centers
Marriages 1715-1755
Deaths 1838-1854
FHL Film 1067973

Condition of Original Registers[edit | edit source]

  • Births: - Prior to 1781 there are only Baptisms
  • Marriages:
  • Deaths:

Established Church—Kirk Session Records[edit | edit source]

The Kirk session was the court of the parish. The session was made up of the minister and the land owners and business men of the parish, chosen to serve on the session. The Kirk session dealt with moral issues, minor criminal cases, matters of the poor and education, matters of discipline, and the general concerns of the parish. Kirk session records may also mention births, marriages, and deaths.

Here is a list of the surviving Kirk session records for this parish:

Minutes 1715–1782, 1786, 1788, 1794, 1806
Marriages 1715–1732, 1744–1760, 1775–1780
Baptisms 1715–1750, 1754–1787 - with gaps
Deaths 1750–1759 - with gaps
Note: Available at the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, record CH2/1018.

Nonconformist Church Records[edit | edit source]

A nonconformist church is any church that is not the Established church. Read more about nonconformity in Scotland in the article on the Scotland Church Records Union Lists.

Lochend and New Abbey Free Church[edit | edit source]

From 1843 till 1861 Lochend and New Abbey, six miles apart, were separate Home Mission stations. In 1861, they were united under one probationer. The charge was sanctioned in 1863. When the church was built at the east end of the village of Beeswing in 1857, it was called Lochend. A church was erected in New Abbey in 1878.
Membership: 1872, 101; 1900, 106.
Source: Annals of the Free Church of Scotland, 1843–1900, ed. Rev. William Ewing, D.D., 2 vols. pub. 1914. Film #918572. More details may be given in the source including lists of ministers.

Records— No known pre–1855 records.
Note: An 1844 source states that there was a meeting place for members of the United Secession church, but it was ill attended.

Cemetery Records[edit | edit source]

Courtesy of the Kirkcudbrightshire Community, contact individual is Jim Bell:

Civil Registration Records[edit | edit source]

Refer to the Census, Civil Registration, and Parish Records Section on the Kirkcudbrightshire page for further details
GRO 861
Images Available at ScotlandsPeople Website
◊Batches cover 1855 to 1875 : births - C11861-1 marriages - M11861-1
◊Note: Those records in the IGI before or during the 1980's may not appear in these batches, and therefore not on Record Search.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Colvend and Southwick were under the probate jurisdiction of the Commissary Court of Dunfries until 1823, and since then has been under the Sheriff's Court of Kirkcudbright. Probate records for 1513- 1901 are indexed online at  You must register on the website but use of the index to probate records, called 'Wills & Testaments,' is free. You may then purchase a copy of the document or, if the document is before 1823, it will be on microfilm at the Family History Library. To find the microfilm numbers, search in the library catalog for the 'Place' of Kirkcudbright and the subject of 'Probate records.' Then click on the link to the records of the Commissariat of Dunfries.

The library also has some post-1823 probate records for Kirkcudbright. Look in the library catalog for the 'Place' of Kirkcudbright and the subjects of 'Probate Records' and 'Probate Records - Indexes.'

Read more about Scotland Probate Records.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland (1846), pp. 200-218. Adapted. Date accessed: 07 March 2014.

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