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Ancrum Old Parish Church
Ancrum Parish Church
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Ruins of Old Ancrum Kirk
55°30′59″N 2°36′03″W / 55.516252°N 2.600734°W / 55.516252; -2.600734
Location Ancrum
Country Scotland
Denomination Church of Scotland
Status Ruins
Founded 1136
Founder(s) David I of Scotland
Architectural type Church
Years built 1762
Closed 1890
Listed Building – Category B
Designated: 16 March 1971
Reference #: LB4239

Ancrum Old Parish Church is situated just over half a mile north west of the village of Ancrum in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland, on the B4600 road leading off the A68. The village of Ancrum is four miles north west of Jedburgh. The churchyard contains the burial ground for the local area. The old church is situated at , and the remains are protected as a Category B listed building.


The origins of the church are from 1136 when a monastic settlement was established by David I of Scotland. That foundation was part of the Archdeanery of Teviotdale in the See of Glasgow. This situation existed until the Reformation in 1560 when the church was transformed, according to the new faith, to Ancrum Parish Church.

Ancrum Gable
West gable of Old Ancrum Kirk

The old buildings were replaced in 1762 when a new church was built, incorporating a fragmented aisle from the old church. In 1832, the church was extensively repaired. The church, in later years, was alternatively known as "The Livingston Church" in memory of the most notable of all the clerics at Ancrum, the Rev. John Livingston (1603–1672). Livingston was part of the commission sent to Breda in the Netherlands in 1650 to meet King Charles II of England and Scotland, to make arrangements for his homecoming to receive the Crown of Scotland. In 1684, the parish of Longnewton was annexed to the parish at Ancrum. In 1890, the old church was abandoned when the new parish church (by Hardy & Wight) was opened in the village of Ancrum. The new church contains a Dutch bell of 1618.

List of ministers after the Reformation

Hew Scott's fuller list:
partial list:

  • 1560 James Thornton - Parson and Vicar
  • 1569 William Johnston
  • 1578 Hector Douglas - Parson and Vicar
  • 1582 George Johnston
  • 1616 James Scott
  • 1622 William Bennet
  • 1648 John Livingston
  • 1704 John Cranstoun

Other churches

There was a Free Church in Ancrum known as the John Knox Free Church and it was open for worship from 1859 until 1933.


Ancrum New Church
'New'Ancrum Kirk

The Parish of Ancrum is no longer a separate parish and it is now part of the United Parish of Ale and Teviot, incorporating Ancrum, Lilliesleaf, Crailing and Eckford. The minister is the Reverend Frank Campbell.

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