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Dumfries & Galloway

Background

Dumfries and Galloway is one of 32 unitary council areas of Scotland and is located in the western Southern Uplands. It comprises the historic counties of Dumfriesshire, Stewartry of Kirkcudbright and Wigtownshire, the latter two of which are collectively known as Galloway. The administrative centre is the town of Dumfries.
Following the 1975 reorganisation of local government in Scotland, the three counties were joined to form a single region of Dumfries and Galloway, with four districts within it. Since the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, however, it has become a unitary local authority.

Southerness Point Tide Times and Heights

  • Population: 150,000 (approx.)
  • The largest town in the region is Dumfries with a population of 31,600 (2011 census). It is the 23rd largest town/city in Scotland. The two other main towns are Stranraer (10,800 pop.) and Annan (8,300 pop.). All other settlements have populations of 4,500 or less.
  • Population density is 60 people per square mile compared with the Scottish average of 168 and a UK of 707.
  • Agriculture accounts for 70% of the area with woodland covering another 25%. These are also the 2 main industries
  • Area: 2,481 square miles (6,426 square km)
  • The village of Wanlockhead is the highest village in Scotland, at a height of more than 1,350 feet above sea level
  • Galloway Forest Park (299 sq mi) in the west, is the largest forest in the UK and it was designated the UK’s first Dark Sky Park in 2009 where low light pollution means that more than 7,000 planets and stars are visible
  • Kirkpatrick MacMillan invented the bicycle in the tiny village of Keir Mill in 1839

Things to do

(Listed in order of distance from home)

Name of Attraction How Far? Notes Done? Walk?
South West Coastal 300 Drive 1 miles
10 mins
The South West Coastal 300 is a stunningly scenic 300 mile road trip around the South West of Scotland. If you are looking for breathtaking scenery, enchanting coastlines and new things to do and see, this is the road trip for you. The SWC300 is the third in a series of circular road routes to be established in Scotland, following suit from the now world-acclaimed North Coast 500 and the more recently founded North-East 250. The SWC300 route is a 300 mile loop so you can join at any point, it passes through Dumfries, Stranraer and Ayr. It typically takes 3 to 4 days to complete, but cvan be done in fewer days if wished.
South West Coastal 300: In a nutshell
Exploring Scotland's South West Coastal 300 Route
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Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum 3 miles
8 mins
Adults:£6.00, Children:£5.00, Family (2 adults + 2 children):£18.00. Private charity.
The Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum is a volunteer-operated aviation museum located in and around the World War II-era watch tower (control tower) at the former RAF Dumfries, located two miles north east of the centre of Dumfries, Scotland, which was in service from June 1940 until 1957, when it closed.
No Here
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Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura 4 miles
10 mins
Museum: Free. Camera Obscura: Adults £3.60, Concessions £1.80. Dumfries and Galloway Council.
Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura, located in Dumfries in Dumfries & Galloway, is the largest museum in the region. The museum has extensive collections relating to local and history from the pre-historic era. The museum also has the world's oldest working Camera Obscura. Admission is free, however a small fee applies for the Camera Obscura.
No Here
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Caerlaverock Castle 10 miles
25 mins
Adult:£6.00, Child (5-15):£3.60. Owned by Historic Environment Scotland.
With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, this awe-inspiring castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold and one of the finest castles in Scotland. Although ruined, Caerlaverock is still a substantial structure and you can explore many different features within its unique triangular ground plan.
NOTES: Nice interesting ruined castle with small walk and cafe near by.
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Drumlanrig Castle 19 miles
30 mins
Castle, Gardens & Parkland approx £12. Privately owned.
Set in the 80,000 acre Queensberry Estate complete with Country Park and Victorian Gardens, Drumlanrig Castle presents one of the finest examples of late 17th century Renaissance architecture in Scotland and an internationally renowned art collection. Beyond the castle are over 40 acres of enchanting gardens and a wide range of activities including walking, mountain biking, adventure playground, wildlife watching, Scottish Cycle Museum, Landrover tours, Ranger-led walks, events programme as well as shopping and catering.
No Here
Threave Garden and Estate 22 miles
33 mins
National Trust - Prices Here
Threave’s wonderful garden has been created over the years by students of the Trust’s School of Heritage Gardening – and is a fine example of landscaped beauty. The garden is divided into a series of smaller gardens to showcase different styles, including a rose garden, rockery and walled garden.
At the centre stands Threave House, designed in the Scottish Baronial style in 1871 for the Gordon family. Many of its rooms are displayed as they were in the 1930s.
The wider estate caters for more adventurous tastes, and includes our flagship bat reserve. The nature reserve is a Special Protection Area for breeding waders and wintering wildfowl – pink-footed geese and Greenland white-fronted geese are regular visitors.
NOTES: House open only by pre-booking a tour on certain days. Gardens are fairly big and well worth a visit. Cafe good for light bites etc.
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Raiders’ Road Forest Drive 30 miles
45 mins
Fee of £2 per car, payable by card or in coins. Run by Forestry and Land Scotland.
One of two forest drives in Galloway Forest Park, this drive is an easy way to see more of the Park's woods and wildlife without having to walk too far.
It's a 10 mile two-way forest drive, which is open to vehicles between April and October and for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders year-round. There is a small fee of £2, payable by card or in coins.
There are various places to stop along Raiders' Road. Head for Otter Pool car park, about half way along, for the perfect riverside picnic spot with plenty of room on the grassy banks to play. Alternatively, stop at Stroan Loch for peaceful waterside views, an old viaduct and the start of the scenic but strenuous Buzzard Trail.
More info here
See image of route
Route on google maps
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Grey Mare's Tail Waterfall 30 miles
45 mins
Best known for its magnificent waterfall - the fifth highest in the UK - and uniquely dramatic scenery, Grey Mare's Tail is a superb example of a hanging valley. The area boasts a rich history as well, and is important for its rare upland plants and wildlife. No Here
Broughton House & Garden 30 miles
45 mins
National Trust - Prices Here
The home of ‘Glasgow Boy’ Hornel sits in a Japanese-inspired garden and hosts an impressive collection of art
NOTES: Interesting house which can be done by a free guided tour (or not). Gardens are not big but quite interesting
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Laggan Outdoor 37 miles
45 mins
Website Here
Activities include: zip wire, archery, segway, clay pigeon shooting, grass sledging. "Got the chance to ride this zip wire, we hadn't booked as didnt even know it was there but whilst holidaying in the area discovered this great place. Lovely cafe with nice food and loved the grass sledging too"
No Here
Dumfries House Estate 46 miles
1 hour 10 mins
Dumfries House Estate - Prices Here. Admission to Dumfries House is by guided tour only. There is no charge for admission onto the Estate
Dumfries House is a Palladian country house in Ayrshire, Scotland. It is located within a large estate, around two miles (3 km) west of Cumnock. Noted for being one of the few such houses with much of its original 18th-century furniture still present, including specially commissioned Thomas Chippendale pieces, the house and estate is now owned by The Prince's Foundation, a charity which maintains it as a visitor attraction and hospitality and wedding venue. Both the house and the gardens are listed as significant aspects of Scottish heritage.
More info here
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Galloway Forest Park 50 miles
1 hour
Free - apart from car park charges. Run by Forestry and Land Scotland.
Galloway Forest Park is the UK's largest at over 97,000 hectares. it is only part of the wider Galloway forest area managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland at 116,000 hectares. it is a working living environment producing 650,000 tons of timber every year to make houses, pallets, paper and chip boards. The forest park is also host the UK's first Dark Sky Park. An area where the night time environment is protected for all living things and where you can see the universe open up in front of your very eyes - weather permitting! There is a superb red deer attraction that allows you to get up close to UK's largest mammal. Tours are available in peak season. The famous 7stanse mountain bike trails are also available along with many wonderful walking trails.
PDF Guide to Galloway Forest Park
See map of Galloway Forest Park
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Crafty Distillery 50 miles
1hr 10mins
Adults: £12.50. Privately owned.
Nestled on the edge of Newton Stewart our modern grain to glass distillery pumps out gallons of tasty stuff and delivers panoramic views over the Galloway Hills. Here you can learn about our unique distilling approach and enjoy a taste of our award winning Hills & Harbour Gin. Enjoy a tour of our distillery, and learn how we make our very own spirit from scratch and the process for making our gin. After the tour you can then enjoy a perfect serve of our Hills & Harbour Gin. Hungry?
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Mull of Galloway Lighthouse 85 miles
2 hrs
Exhibition & Lighthouse Adults:£5, children under 14:£1.50. Mull of Galloway Trust.
The Mull of Galloway is Scotland's most Southerly Point and an unspoiled paradise for visitors seeking peace and tranquility. We hope you will enjoy your visit and discover for yourself the beautiful countryside, beaches, splendid views and warm climate. Climb Scotland's most southerly Lighthouse, visit our Exhibition of Lighthouse History, RSPB reserve and visitor centre and Gallie Craig coffee house
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Dumfries & Galloway tourist related websites

Site Notes
Visit South-West Scotland A good online resource for tourism in South West Scotland. Also has an events list
Visit Scotland - Dumfries Visit Scotland website specific to Dumfries
Visit Scotland - Dumfries & Galloway Visit Scotland website specific to Dumfries & Galloway
Tripadvisor Tripadvisor - Things to Do in Dumfries and Galloway.
'Pack The Suitcases' Blog 8 places to visit in Dumfries and Galloway. 'Pack The Suitcases' is a travel blogging wesbite run by Caroline!
Museum Net Lists most Museums in the UK
Lonely Planet Guide - Dumfries & Galloway Lonely Planet Guide for Dumfries & Galloway
D&G Online website A host of information about Dumfries and Dumfries & Galloway with links to sites throughout south west Scotland.
D & G Culture Council tourist website for D & G. Visit Dumfries and Galloway Council’s museums and galleries in south west Scotland is scenic, unspoilt and full of surprises!

Dumfries & Galloway Walks

(Listed in order of distance from home)

NOTE: The links to the walks will not work as they are private.

# Details Walk
Length
Walk
Duration
Altitude
climbed
Difficulty Wet Distance
from home
Done?
1-5
01 Walkhighlands - Dumfries parks etc 4.25 mi 2 hrs 275 ft 1 mi ✓✓✓✓
02 Walkhighlands - Burns walk, Dumfries 4.75 mi 2.5 hrs 224 ft 6 mi ✓✓✓
03 Mable Forest - Brown Route 4.3 mi 2 hrs 731 ft 7 mi / 17 mins No
04 Pathfinder 19:16 - Mabie Forest 5.5 mi 3 hrs 903 ft 7 mi / 17 mins ✓✓✓✓
05 Pathfinder 19:8 - Lochmaben and the Four Lochs 5.5 mi 2.5 hrs 230 ft 8 mi / 15 mins No
06 Walkhighlands - Forest of Ae walks 5.5 mi 2.5 hrs 580 ft 9 mi / 17 mins No
07 Pathfinder 19:3 - The Water of Ae Riverside Trail. 3.5 mi 2 hrs 250 ft 9 mi / 17 mins ✓✓✓
08 Walkhighlands - Waterloo Monument from New Abbey 2.75 mi 2 hrs 600 ft 10 mi / 20 mins No
09 Pathfinder 19:5 Caerlaverock and the Solway Marshes 3.5 mi 1.75 hrs 310 ft 10 mi / 24 mins No
10 40 C & C Walks - Conquering Criffel 3 mi 2.5 hrs 1650 ft 10 mi / 20 mins No
11 Walkhighlands - Criffel from New Abbey 7.5 mi 6.5 hrs 2000 ft 10 mi / 20 mins No
12 Walkhighlands - Criffel by the Ardwall path 3.25 mi 3 hrs 1655 ft 12 mi / 25 mins No
13 Pathfinder 19:4 - Glenkiln 4.5 mi 2.5 hrs 579 ft 12 mi / 22 mins ✓✓✓
14 Walkhighlands - Queensberry 7 mi 5 hrs 1813 ft 15 mi / 30 mins No
15 25 Walks:19 - Carsethorn to Powillimount 6.5 mi 3 hrs 339 ft 16 mi / 29 mins No
16 Pathfinder 19:9 - Up and Down the Annan 6.5 mi 3 hrs 400 ft 16 mi / 26 mins No
17 Walkhighlands - Drumlanrig Castle 10 mi 4.5 hrs 950 ft 17 mi / 29 mins No
18 40 C & C Walks - Penpoint and Keir Mill 3.25 mi 1.5 hrs 150 ft 17 mi / 28 mins No
19 25 Walks:25 - Glensone and the Maiden 6 mi 3 hrs 885 ft 18 mi / 27 mins No
20 40 C & C Walks - Moniaive & Bardennoch Hill 4.6 mi 2.5 hrs 1000 ft 18 mi / 33 mins No
21 25 Walks:20 - Rough Firth 3 mi 1.5 hrs 300 ft 20 mi / 33 mins No
22 25 Walks:22 - Palnackie and Orchardton 5.5 mi 3 hrs 540 ft 20 mi / 33 mins No
23 Path 19v2 - Walk 27 - Colvend Coast 10 mi 5 hrs 1000 ft 20 mi / 33 mins No
24 Pathfinder 19:25 - Black Hill and Well Hill 5.5 mi 4 hrs 1691 ft 21 mi / 35 mins No
25 Walkhighlands - Well Path circuit 4 mi 3 hrs 800 ft 21 mi / 35 mins No
26 Walkhighlands - Devil's Beef Tub 14 mi 6 hrs 1850 ft 21 mi / 34 mins No
27 Pathfinder 19:7 - Moffat Well and Gallow Hill 4 mi 2.5 hrs 500 ft 21 mi / 35 mins No
28 Pathfinder 19:14 - Screel Hill 3.5 mi 2.5 hrs 1083 ft 22 mi / 36 mins ✓✓✓✓✓
29 25 Walks:24 - Screel Hill and Bengairn 7.5 mi 4 hrs 1500 ft 22 mi / 34 mins No
30 Walkhighlands - Striding Arches 6 mi 3.5 hrs 1250 ft 24 mi / 50 mins No
31 Pathfinder 19:13 - Rascarrel Bay and Balcary Point 5 mi 2.5 hrs 570 ft 26 mi / 42 mins No
32 Walkhighlands - Hart Fell ridges 8.25 mi 6 hrs 3000 ft 26 mi / 45 mins No
33 Pathfinder 19:19 - Manquhill Hill 6.75 mi 3.5 hrs 900 ft 27 mi / 52 mins No
34 Pathfinder 19:15 - Water of Ken and Garroch Glen 4.25 mi 2 hrs 550 ft 28 mi / 45 mins No
35 40 C & C Walks - St Mary's Isle 4 mi 2 hrs 163 ft 30 mi / 41 mins No
50 Walkhighlands - Grey Mare's Tail 2.75 mi 2.5 hrs 919 ft 30 mi / 48 mins No
36 Pathfinder 19:22 - Cairnsmore of Dee 6 mi 3.5 hrs 1700 ft 32 mi / 51 mins No
37 Walkhighlands - Lowther Hill 7.25 mi 3.5 hrs 1780 ft 32 mi / 52 mins No
38 Pathfinder 19:11 - Wanlockhead and Lowther Hill 4.5 mi 2.5 hrs 1060 ft 32 mi / 52 mins No
39 Pathfinder 19:10 - Fleet Forest and Anworth Old Kirk 5.5 mi 2.5 hrs 500 ft 33 mi / 46 mins No
40 Walkhighlands - Corserine 10.25 mi 7 hrs 3000 ft 34 mi / 56 mins No
41 Walkhighlands - Brighouse Bay 4.5 mi 2.5 hrs 400 ft 35 mi / 53 mins No
42 Walkhighlands - Cairnsmore 7.25 mi 5 hrs 2120 ft 37 mi / 55 mins No
43 Pathfinder 19:24 - Cairnsmore of Fleet 7.5 mi 4.5 hrs 2300 ft 45 mi / 70 mins No
44 Pathfinder 19:06 - Wigtown 4.5 mi 2 hrs 320 ft 55 mi / 75 mins No
45 Pathfinder 19:17 - Loch Trool 5.5 mi 3 hrs 900 ft 60 mi / 80 mins No
46 Walkhighlands - Loch Trool Trail 5 mi 3 hrs 473 ft 60 mi / 80 mins No
47 Pathfinder 19:26 - Caldons Burn and Lamachan Hill 8.5 mi 5.5 hrs 2344 ft 63 mi / 90 mins No
48 Walkhighlands - The Merrick, from Loch Trool 8.25 mi 5 hrs 3000 ft 64 mi / 90 mins No
49 Pathfinder 19:28 - Merrick 9.5 mi 6.5 hrs 2800 ft 64 mi / 90 mins No

Key - Difficulty Description
Easier walks, mostly on well defined paths, with no special difficulties.
Slightly harder walks. Paths may be indistinct, navigation skills required.
Moderate hillwalks. Terrain will be steep, map reading skills essential. This grade includes the most straightforward and popular Munros.
Harder hillwalks. Can include longer walks and pathless sections calling for more careful navigation. There may be scree and minor scrambling. This grade is quite broad and includes the bulk of the Munros.
Tough by hillwalking standards; these routes can be very arduous or include trickier scrambling. This grade includes the hardest or most strenuous Munros.
Key - Wet/Boggy Description
Walk is usually completely dry underfoot.
The route may be slightly boggy in places.
Much of the walk may be dry, but there are sections which can be very wet. Waterproof boots recommended.
Underfoot conditions are likely to be very wet in parts all year round.
It's a swamp. Snorkel recommended.

Lake District

The Lake District, also known as the Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in North West England. A popular holiday destination, it is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains (or fells), and its associations with William Wordsworth and other Lake Poets and also with Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin. The Lake District National Park was established in 1951 and covers an area of 2,362 square kilometres. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017. It includes the mountain Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. It also contains the deepest and largest natural lakes in England, Wast Water and Windermere respectively.

Things to do

Name of Attraction How Far? Notes Done? Walk?
Aira Force 63 miles
1hr 17min
National Trust Car Park. For 300 years visitors have been drawn here, where rainwater runs from the fells into Aira Beck and thunders in one 65-foot leap over the falls. Yet, Aira Force is much more than an impressive waterfall. A network of trails weaves its way from Ullswater lakeshore to Gowbarrow summit, passing towering Himalayan firs, rare red squirrels, woodland glades, picnic spots and views out across Ullswater. You can start your day in Glenridding and arrive by boat, taking in the sights of Ullswater Valley along the way, then stroll back to Glenridding through Glencoyne Park and along the lakeshore. Ullswater valley is truly breathtaking, with its beautiful lake nestled amongst towering fells. The epic scenery and relative underdevelopment compared to other areas of the Lake District gives Ullswater a secluded and tranquil feel. ✓✓✓✓✓ Here
Ullswater Lake 63 miles
1hr 17min
Ullswater is the second largest lake in the English Lake District, being about nine miles (14.5 km) long and 0.75 miles (1.2 km) wide, with a maximum depth a little more than 60 metres (197 ft). Ullswater's visitor centre website describes it as the most beautiful of England's lakes; it has been compared to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland as a tourist destination.
See map of Ullswater
Ullswater Steamers
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Lake Windermere 91 miles
2hr 13min
More than ten miles in length, Windermere is England's largest lake that offers a wide variety of summer recreation including cruises, fishing, boating, sailing and scuba diving. No ?

Lake District websites

Site Notes
www.LakeDistrict.gov.uk Official Lake District National Park Authority website
Go Lakes Official Tourist website for the Lake District
Tripadvisor - TTD in the Lakes Tripadvisor - Things To Do in the Lake District

Lake District Walks

NOTE: The links to the walks will not work as they are private.

# Details Walk
Length
Walk
Duration
Altitude
climbed
Difficulty Wet Distance
from home
Done?
1-5
01 Collins SW:02 - Round Buttermere 4.25 mi 2 hrs 500 ft 70 mi / 1hr 38mins No
02 Crimson SW 03:12 - Silver Bay 3.5 mi 2 hrs 670 ft 66 mi / 1hr 20mins ✓✓✓✓✓
03 Collins SW:08 - Aira Force 2 mi 1 hrs 300 ft 63 mi / 1hr 13mins ✓✓✓✓✓
04 Collins SW:09 - Glenridding & Greenside Mine 3.5 mi 2 hrs 670 ft 66 mi / 1hr 20mins ✓✓✓✓

Key - Difficulty Description
Easier walks, mostly on well defined paths, with no special difficulties.
Slightly harder walks. Paths may be indistinct, navigation skills required.
Moderate hillwalks. Terrain will be steep, map reading skills essential. This grade includes the most straightforward and popular Munros.
Key - Wet/Boggy Description
Walk is usually completely dry underfoot.
The route may be slightly boggy in places.
Much of the walk may be dry, but there are sections which can be very wet. Waterproof boots recommended.
Underfoot conditions are likely to be very wet in parts all year round.

Genealogy

I have put on-line a pretty extensive family tree of the HOW family - HOW Family Tree



Useful Genealogy Links

Site Name/Link Description
GENUKI Newbies' Guide to Genealogy & Family History
UK National Archives The National Archives of the United Kingdom has a wide variety of free research databases online.
UK BMD This site has thousands of links to genealogy research sites for the UK.
British Family History This website will tell you everything you need to know about genealogy so you can begin your journey into the past. It could also tell current family historians some information they didn't know or weren't sure about.
BBC Family History BBC Guide to Tracing your Family History (archived now).
millionmilesecrets.com How to plan a successful genealogy trip
Cyndi's List A massive and comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.


Search for Records - Free

Site Name/Link Description
www.freeukgenealogy.org.uk Free UK Genealogy provides free, online access to family history records
FamilySearch Church of Latter Days Saints. One of the best free resources available for World Wide record
FreeREG Our objective is to provide free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records, that have been transcribed from parish and non-conformist registers of the U.K. It is a part of the FreeUKGEN family.
FreeBMD FreeBMD is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records. It is a part of the FreeUKGEN family.
FreeCEN This project aims to provide a "free-to-view" online searchable database of the 19th century UK census returns.. It is a part of the FreeUKGEN family.
British-Genealogy.com British-Genealogy.com is dedicated to assisting people with their British family history research.
BMD Registers.co.uk/ The Official Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial BMDs Service with online searches of birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial records. Includes records for Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Protestant Dissenters (Dr Williams Library), Wesleyans and Independents. This site also includes 100,000 records of births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials of British subjects overseas and on board ships in the 19th and 20th centuries. A basic search is free with fees for advanced searching and to download images.
GEN UKI GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is a non-commercial service, maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.
Deceased Online A central database for UK burials and cremations. The free name search returns full names, date and place of burial or cremation. Fees apply to access register scans or transcripts, grave photographs and location maps.
LDS IGI Batch Numbers This site has sorted IGI Batch Numbers by County and Parish. This allows you to search for specific LDS IGI records by a County/Parish.
Kent Archaeological Society - Churchyards Kent Churchyard Monumental Inscriptions (M.I.s) & other notes.