Old Photograph Church Kirkpatrick Fleming Scotland

Old photograph of the church and cemetery in Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The name of this Scottish village is derived from the parish church, dedicated to St Patrick, and the Fleming family, the local landowners who resided at Redhall. The medieval parish kirk was given to Gisborough Priory in Cleveland by Robert de Brus, Lord of Annandale, around 1170, though this connection lapsed after 1330. The present church dates to the 18th century.

The surname Fleming is derived from the French, le Fleming, which indicates that the family originated in Flanders. The once powerful medieval principality of Flanders is now split between Belgium, the Netherlands and France. During the latter part of the twelfth century the Flemish were enterprising merchants who traded with England, Scotland and Wales. A distinguished Flemish leader named Baldwin settled with his followers in Biggar, South Lanarkshire under a grant of King David I of Scotland. Baldwin became Sheriff of Lanark under King Malcolm IV of Scotland and William the Lion and this office appears to have been hereditary for some time.

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