Historical Background

The ruins of Portpatrick old parish church are situated on the north side of St Patrick Street in the centre of the village (NGR NW 99976 5421). The graveyard lies to the west of the church and the 18th century manse and gardens are on the east side. The church is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (ID SAM 16743) and the graveyard is a Category B listed building (ID 16744).

Building Record

The church, dedicated to Saint Andrew rather than Saint Patrick, was built in 1628-29 to serve the newly created Portpatrick parish. It was built in a cruciform or Greek cross plan and may be the earliest cruciform church in Galloway. The church continued in use until 1842 when the current parish church was built at the east end of the village. The adjacent graveyard continued to be used for burial until the later 19th century when it was replaced by the New Cemetery on Portree Terrace.

Building Record

You can view the building record for Portpatrick Old Church, compiled by John Pickin Archaeology and Heritage, by clicking the link below.

Building Record (11MB)

An artist's impression of the SS Orion which was lost just outside Portpatrick harbour on 18th June 1850


A number of the monuments in Portpatrick Kirkyard refer to named vessels and wrecks including The Lion, The SS Orion, The Eugenie, The Palmer, The Dasher, The Fury and the Westmorland.

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