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ANNAN [Continued from page 168]
measuring 320 feet above sea level. The River Annan forming for the most part the Western Parish Boundary is the principal Stream - Kirtle Water on the N.En. [North Eastern] boundary is also a considerable Stream - many Streams from the interior contributing their waters thereto. Six lines of Turnpike Roads all converge at or near to the Town of Annan. The Glasgow and South-Western Railway passes from West to East through the Sn [Southern] division. There are minerals wrought; the manufacture of Tiles is Carried on to a considerable extent in the Sn [Southern] districts. - The Town and Burgh of Annan is situate in the Sn [Southern] district (See N.B. [Name Book] 10 feet) - There is also an important village in the N.Wn [North Western] district called Brydekirk and which forms a Quoad Sacra Parish. - In this Parish there are one Parish Church and two Quoad Sacra Churches also a Chapel of Ease called Kirtle Chapel, belonging to the Established Church, three Parish Schools - a Congregational, Free, Episcopal and Roman Catholic Churches. - Population at the last census 5848.
The only Antiquities adverted to by Statistical or other authority are Annan Castle and a Moat both in the Town of Annan also Site of a Battle at Sword well on the boundary common to Dornock and Three piked stone similarly situated - the latter two having been noticed in the Parish of Dornock. The New Statistical Account remarks "On an angled elevation on the East bank of the River and West side of the Town, was situated Annan Castle, the ruins of which, with the exception of a small part of the wall built into the Town House (Hall) finally disappeared 40 years ago". - Of this Stronghold Chalmers has also the following "x x it is probable that the Castle of Annan was rebuilt in 1300. - A small garrison was usually kept in the Castle of Annan, as a border fort. - This Castle was demolished in 1570 by an English Army, under the Earl of Sussex. - It was afterwards rebuilt and continued a border fortification till the union of the crowns" Of the Moat the Statistics remark "Separated from the ancient Site of the Castle, now forming the old church-yard, by a sort of ravine, there is an artificial mound of considerable extent designated "the Moat supposed like other places of the same name to have been raised by the Saxons as a place on which to assemble for the administration of justice." - No mention being made by Statistics of the following Bonshaw Tower, Newbie Castle, St Bryde's Tower, St Bryde's Kirk, St Bryde's Well, Bruces Well, Cairn of Creca and Stone Coffins or Kistvaens, the only information obtained respecting them will be found in their respective descriptions,
Feby [February] 1858,

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Parish of Annan -- County of Dumfries

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