Place:Bridekirk, Dumfriesshire, Scotland

Alt namesBrydekirksource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeVillage, Former parish
Coordinates55.0221°N 3.2749°W
Located inDumfriesshire, Scotland     ( - 1975)
See alsoAnnan, Dumfriesshire, Scotlandparish in which Bridekird was partly located before 1975
Hoddom, Dumfriesshire, Scotlandparish in which Bridekird was partly located before 1975
Dumfries and Galloway Region, Scotlandregional administration 1975-1996
Dumfries and Galloway, Scotlandunitary Council Area since 1996
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: There is also a parish named Bridekirk in the forme county of Cumberland, England.

Parish code for Bridekirk: 3

In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Brydekirk like this:

"Bridekirk, a village in Annan and Hoddam parishes, and a quoad sacra parish, partly also in Cummertrees parish, S Dumfriesshire. The village stands on the right bank of the Annan, 3 miles NNW of Annan, and has a post office under that town, a three-arched bridge, a saw-mill, a corn-mill, and a public school. Pop. (1861) 360, all in Annan parish; (1871) 340 in Annan and 7 in Hoddam; (1881) 334. The parish had a population in 1871 of 7 31 (78 in Hoddam, 44 in Cummertrees), in 1881, of 702; and it is in the presbytery of Annan and synod of Dumfries. Stipend, £120. The church was built in 1835, entirely at the expense of Mrs Dirom of Mount - Annan and her friends, and contains 370 sittings."

(Source: A History of Britain Through Time)

For a time during the 19th century the village was considered a parish in its own right. See the FamilySearch Catalog and the FamilySearch Wiki for more details. Bridekirk is now part of the unitary authority called the Dumfries & Galloway Council Area.

Research Tips

While it was a parish, Bridekirk Old Parish Registers were kept separately from those of Annan and Hoddom. Baptisms (1836-1854) and marriages (1836-1854) are available on Scotland's People and on microfilm from Family History Libraries.

For all other information, refer to the parish of Annan and the parish of Hoddom