Inch, parish

Grid reference

NX 102 609 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

210200 560900





Nearby places

Inchmichael, eccles, Inch (0 miles)

Soulseat, former parish, Inch (1.43 miles)

Killbrocks, Soulseat, Inch (2.1 miles)

Craigcaffie, settlement, WIG (2.12 miles)

Glenluce, parish (now Old Luce) (2.19 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)

Is linear feature?



NGR for Inch parish kirk. The medieval church stood in a walled burial ground 950 m from Lochinch Castle. In 1936 a cross-incised slab of late 11th- or 12th-century date, was found within the burial-ground. It bore the outline of a Latin cross with an open median-incised shaft, wedge-shaped arms, transomed head and central boss (NMRS).

Relationships with other parishes

Contains Portpatrick, modern parish (formerly)

Contains Stranraer, modern parish (formerly)

Parish details

Inch, formerly Inchmichael, now including Soulseat SSX

Parish TLA




Medieval diocese


Parish notes

Annexed to the bishopric of Galloway by the reign of King John 1293-1297, both parsonage and vicarage continued to be so annexed at the Reformation, the cure being served by a vicar pensioner (Reg. of John le Romayne ii, 125; Ailsa Muniments nos. 348, 653; RMS iv no. 1763). Cowan 1967, 84. Note also Cowan 1967, 171 under ‘Rhinns - St Mary and St Michael’: 'This church, which has not been identified, was annexed to the bpric. of Galloway in 1277 and is possibly to be equated with the church of Inch which is found so appropriated in the reign of King John (Reg. of John le Romayne ii, 84n, 125).' Note that Inch was dedicated to St Michael (earlier called Inchmichael). Includes the medieval parish of Soulseat SSX. Earliest record (from Daphne Brooke Data): Inch 1254 x 1261 Vet. Mon., 279; Insula 1257 CPL, Insula 1275 Bagimond, Inche 1293 x 1294 Reg. of John le Romayne. Her earliest recorded form of Inchemichell is 1329 ER i, and of Insula S Michaeli ditto.