Five great churches of Galloway feature in Whithorn talk

The world expert on early Scottish architecture will be shedding new light on the five great churches of Galloway.

Richard Fawcett, currently Professor at St Andrews University, has written many books on individual churches, abbeys and cathedrals and is now bringing his extensive knowledge to consider the “five great churches” for this year’s Whithorn Lecture.

Forming a chain along the Solway coast, enough still stands today to fully suggest their former splendour; a splendour first recognised in the great 19th century work by David MacGibbon and Thomas Ross, The Ecclesiastical Architecture of Scotland. Richard will develop this theme of the great Galloway churches in assessing the outstanding qualities of Glenluce, Whithorn, Dundrennan, Sweetheart and Lincluden.

All are now in the care of Historic Scotland where Richard was, until recently, the Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Scotland. His illustrated lecture is free of charge and all are welcome. It takes place in Whithorn Primary School on 19th September at 6pm. Following the lecture there will be time for discussion and conviviality at an excellent buffet supper organised by the Friends of the Whithorn Trust and provided by Caroline’s Catering.

But not content with the lecture, Richard has further offered his expertise on Sunday 20th September by conducting a guided tour of the great churches at Dundrennan and Sweetheart. Lead by such an authority, this promises to be a very special and quite unique sightseeing experience. Full details of the tour and how to book your place at the supper can be obtained from David Sumner at 01988 850368 or from the friends@ninian.org.