Galloway: About 1.5 miles west and south of Gatehouse of Fleet, on minor road north of A75, south of Anwoth, at Bushybield.
Ruin or site NX 581559 OS: 83 DG7 2EF
Site of tower or old house, said to be baronial in character, but which was demolished in 1827. The place was known as Buck o’ Bield, as well as Bush o’ Bield and Bushybiel(d).
This was a property of the Rutherfords around 1630, and occupied by Samuel Rutherford, the Covenanting minister of Anwoth. There is a monument [NX 587558] to him, a tall obelisk.
Buck o’ Bield was held by the Gordons by the end of the 17th century, and in 1690 William Gordon of Buck o’ Bield was shot in the leg and killed by Godfrey MacCulloch, of the Cardoness family. MacCulloch was beheaded in 1697 using the Maiden, an early Scottish guillotine, which is preserved in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Anwoth Old Church [NX 583562] is a ruinous old building, dated 1626, and there is a carved memorial for the Gordon family, within the church, dating from the 17th century. There is also an ancient cross-slab and other interesting burial markers.
Anwoth was one of the locations for 1973 movie The Wicker Man.
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