Dumfries and Galloway Scotland
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Sorbie and its small parish of sixteen square miles lie about five miles south of Wigtown, the village with its ruined kirk being on the main road to Whithorn and the by-road to Garlieston. The Hannay family of Sorbie Tower sold their estate to the Earls of Galloway. In the 18th century, they enlarged and developed the village to accommodate a thriving damask weaving industry using locally grown flax., which prospered for over sixty years, winning the award for the best cloth in Scotland in 1834. The Old Parish Church, now in ruins, replaced former churches until it, in turn, was replaced in 1877 by the Parish Church at Millisle, near Garlieston. This move, however, prompted the building of a Free Church in Sorbie and a Congregational Church in Garlieston.(text by Geoffrey Gillon)
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