St Michael’s is a steepled church built of local sandstone, between 1741 and 1746. It is the third church to be built on this site and we believe the first church dated back to around 11th century. The ten stone pillars supporting the gallery in the present church were part of the second church, so are at least 500 years old. We have a Willis organ, which was installed in 1890 and is one of very few still in regular use today. All of our windows are stained glass, mainly pictorial, which date back to Victorian times. To find this amount of stained glass is unusual in a parish church and is renowned among stained glass artists and enthusiasts. In 2009 two new windows, one of Robert Burns and one of Jean Armour, were installed to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. The poet, his wife and some members of his family are interred in an Italian style Mausoleum in our churchyard. This site is much visited by Burns fans from all over the world. The churchyard itself is worth a visit due to its age, number and style of many of the gravestones. There is much of interest, both local and historical, to see within the church and churchyard.
Sunday 11.00 am
10.30 am – 3.30 pm Monday to Friday 10 am – 4 pm or by arrangement (01387 255007 Tom Henderson)
To contact St Michaels and South Parish Church, Dumfries.
call 01387 253 849
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