Anwoth is a settlement near the Solway Firth in the Stewarty of Kirkcudbright, in South West Scotland, within a parish of the same name in the Vale of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway. Anwoth lies a mile (1.5 km) to the west of Gatehouse of Fleet.
Anwoth's most famous inhabitant was the Rev. Samuel Rutherford (c. 1600 – 1661), who was the minister at Anwoth Old Kirk from 1627 until 1636 when he was banished to Aberdeen. On a nearby hill, there is Rutherford's Monument a 55-foot-high granite obelisk erected in 1842. A millennium cairn opposite the monument lists the names of all the ministers of Anwoth and Girthon until the year 2000 when it was erected. The Old Kirk was in use until 1825, but is now just a ruin.
West Anwoth Parish Church was built in 1826–1827. It is a Walter Newall Gothic box-style church with tower and hood-moulded windows. It closed in 2002. The Church of Scotland sold the Church to a neighbouring family who now keep it as a hall for ceremonies and parties. The church was re-roofed in 2007 and is being kept in the best of condition.
An ancient fort on Trusty's Hill was occupied by Iron Age people and may have been attacked and burned by a Pictish raiding party, who carved a series of symbol stones in a rock beside the entrance passage.
This area, with many references to Anwoth and specifically the Anwoth Hotel, is the location for most of Dorothy L Sayers detective novel "The Five Red Herrings".
Anne Ross Cousin's hymn, The Sands of Time are Sinking, mentions Anwoth, because of its historic spiritual connection with Samuel Rutherford. Verses 9 & 10 of her original nineteen stanza poem are:
- The little birds of Anwoth, I used to count them blessed,
- Now, beside happier altars I go to build my nest:
- Over these there broods no silence, no graves around them stand,
- For glory, deathless, dwelleth in Immanuel’s land.
- Fair Anwoth by the Solway, to me thou still art dear,
- Even from the verge of heaven, I drop for thee a tear.
- Oh! If one soul from Anwoth meet me at God’s right hand,
- My heaven will be two heavens, In Immanuel’s land.
List of listed buildings
- D.N.B. p.7. https://archive.org/stream/dictionaryofnati50stepuoft#page/6/mode/2up
- Wicker Man Locations - Anwoth Archived March 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- Dorothy L Sayers, "The Five Red Herrings", Victor Gollancz, London, 1931, and The Five Red Herrings
- The Sands of Time Are Sinking Archived December 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
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- Map of Anwoth
- Anwoth in Scotland – photos by Alan Newble
- Trusty's Hill and Rutherford's Monument – a circular woodland and farmland walk.
- Trusty's Hill
- Parish of Anwoth Home Page
- Anwoth Monumental Inscriptions and Photographs