Historic graveyard walks return

Starting next week, Kirkcudbright History Society has arranged a series of guided walks around Kirkcudbright’s historic kirkyard once again this summer, following the popularity of the walks last year.

Up the hill and out of town on the Gelston Road, Kirkcudbright Kirkyard is set in a tranquil location with outstanding views over Kirkcudbright and the River Dee. It is particularly significant as the site of the original kirk of St Cuthbert, possibly built around 850 AD, which gave the present town of Kirkcudbright its name. There is much of historical interest besides this, not least the variety of gravestones and the individuals commemorated on them. Of particular note is the headstone of Billy Marshall – the ‘Gypsy King’ – which records that he lived to the age of 120. It is also said that he was legally married 17 times.

The walks are free and open to all. Guides from Kirkcudbright History Society will lead the walks and look forward to explaining more about the site’s fascinating history. The walks take place every Wednesday from the 16 July to 20 August. Times vary with 7pm starts on the 16 and 30 July, 13 August, and 2.30pm starts on 23 July, 6 and 20 August. Meet at the kirkyard main gate. Times are also shown on the Society’s website www.kirkcudbrighthistorysociety.org.uk