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Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway

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Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway

Ecclefechan (Eaglais Fheichein in Gaelic) is a small village in the south of Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway. Ecclefechan lay in the early Middle Ages within the British kingdom of Rheged, and the name is derived from the Brythonic for "small church" (cognate with Welsh "eglwys" = church, "bychan" = small, which has the form "fechan" following a feminine noun). After Gaelic later spread in the area, the belief arose that the name derived from the 7th century St Féchín of Fore.
Administrative CountyDumfries and Galloway
Traditional CountyDumfriesshire
OS GridNY1974
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
Police AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01576
Populationest. 840 (2006)

Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Ecclefechan, vil. with ry. sta., Hoddom par., Dumfries, 5¾ m. SE. of Lockerbie, 20 NW. of Carlisle, and 81 SW. of Edinburgh, pop. 768; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank; the birthplace and burial-place of Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881).

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