Dalgarnock, former parish, Closeburn

Grid reference

NX 875 936 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

287500 593600







Nearby places

St Michael's Church, Dalgarnock, Closeburn (0 miles)

St Ninian's Well, Dalgarnock, Closeburn (0.06 miles)

St Patrick's Well, Morton (0.83 miles)

Keir, modern parish (1.04 miles)

Penfillan, settlement, Keir (1.41 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (non-extant in 1975)

Is linear feature?



NGR for the site of Dalgarnock Church. The church has disappeared, but its font survives at Closeburn Church (NMRS).


Relationships with other parishes

Within Closeburn, parish

Parish details

Dalgarnock now part of Closeburn CLO

Parish TLA


Medieval diocese


Parish notes

Granted by Edgar son of Donald (Dofnald) to Holyrood Abbey, it would appear from confirmations of William I and Walter bp. of Glasgow that this should be dated 1200x14 (Holyrood Lib. nos. 55-6, 67, 69, App. ii no.8). Vicarage settlements took place in the episcopate of Bp. Walter (1208x32), while the vicarage itself was annexed to the abbey by John bp. of Glasgow in 1322 and confirmed by Pope Clement VI in 1349, the cure thereafter to be served by a perpetual chaplain (Ibid. no.69, App. i no.11; Glas. Reg. no.144; Ass. 105). Cowan 1967, 43. Proposal to disjoin the united parishes Dalgarnock and Closeburn is made in 1648; the union was made ‘in the dayes of corruption and Episcopacie to the great detriment and hurt of the Church’ (see Reports 31). In 1531 Auldgirth, Blackcraig and Fyrach are all in the parish of Dalgarnock (RMS iii no. 1060). In DGX (Dalgarno) in 1648 are lands of Banrigg Mitchelslackes Locherbane Garrock Auchinleck Sandrum Newtoun (Reports 32). ‘Closburne is but a mean paroche not able to furnische a competent stipend to a Minister by itselff, and .. the other kirk of Dalgarno is a great and spacious paroche’ Reports 32. For details of parish of Dalgarno and Closburne in 1627 + 1648 proposal to disjoin, see Reports 30-32. Note that Dalgarnock etc. not in OS Pathfinder Gazetteer, nor on OS Landranger. See also Henry Gough-Cooper’s correspondence (e-mail) Nov./Dec. 1999.