Basic Site Details

Name: Ruthwell Parish Church
Town, district or village: Ruthwell
City or county: Dumfriesshire
Country: Scotland
Parish: Ruthwell
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Information from Mrs I M Buckoke, Lucewater House, New Luce, Wigtonshire.

Reverend McFarlan notes on Sept 24 1887
"Campbell Douglas is away at the Cape, and Mr Sellars is swallowed up in the Glasgow Exhibition, so I have to be architect of the Cross House myself..." (Quoted in 'The Cowan Letters', 2002, published Lymington by Isobel Buckoke)

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Church  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31863  Refurnishing
Item 2 of 318861887 Alterations and apse
Item 3 of 31905  Recasting of building


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 7Alexander Crombie  1863 Refurnishing
Item 2 of 7Campbell Douglas A18861887Alterations and apse - to house Ruthwell Cross
Item 3 of 7Campbell Douglas & Sellars A18861887Alterations and apse - to house Ruthwell Cross
Item 4 of 7James Sellars A18861887Alterations and apse - to house Ruthwell Cross
Item 5 of 7Barbour & Bowie B1905 Recasting of building
Item 6 of 7James Barbour B1905 Recasting of building
Item 7 of 7John McLintock Bowie B1905 Recasting of building


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1McFarlan, Rev JamesCampbell Douglas's work (McFarlan was Campbell Douglas's brother-in-law)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Gifford, John1996Dumfries and Galloway (The Buildings of Scotland)  p505
Item 2 of 2McFarlan, Helen (nee Menzies)1892James McFarlan   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Dumfries & Galloway CouncilJames Barbour drawings, Sutherland Dickie & Copland Archive (many not traced, 2010) 93 (1902 and 1906 plans)
Item 2 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register17247 
Item 3 of 5National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Heritors Records HR 625/1
Item 4 of 5National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Kirk Session Records Ch2 13/4 p27ff
Item 5 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSCorrespondence 19 October 1999 with Yvonne Hillyard