Kells, parish

Grid reference

NX 632 783 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

263200 578300





Nearby places

Giles's Hill, settlment, Kells (0.69 miles)

Lady's Well, Balmaclellan (0.75 miles)

Balmaclellan, parish (1.28 miles)

St John's Chair, Dalry KCB (1.91 miles)

St John's Town of Dalry, Dalry KCB (1.94 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)

Is linear feature?


Relationships with other parishes

Contains Carsphairn, modern parish (formerly)

Relationships with other places

Contains Craig Michael, Kells

Contains Craigmichael, settlement, Kells

Contains Craigwhannel, Kells

Contains Giles's Hill, settlment, Kells

Parish details

Kells including part of Carsphairn CPH (formed out of Kells and Dalry in 1640).

Parish TLA




Medieval diocese


Parish notes

Note that while the New Atlas places this parish in Glenken deanery, Cowan 1967 has Glenken/Desnes. Granted by Robert I c.1320 as an endowment for the archdeaconry of Galloway, the annexation proved ineffective and the church remained independent till 1501. Then both parsonage and vicarage were erected into a prebend of the Chapel Royal at Stirling. See RMS i app. 1 no. 22). See Cowan 1967, 92 for more details and refs. In the middle ages Kells included part of the parish of Carsphairn CPH, which latter was formed out of Kells and Dalry in 1640 (Groome’s Gazetteer).