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Hoddom is a small settlement and civil parish in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The earliest reference to Hoddom is in a copy of an eighth-century letter sent from Alcuin to Wulfhard, 'abbot of Hodda Helm' (abbatem Hodda Helmi).[1]


The twelfth-century 'Life of St Kentigern' by Jocelyn of Furness records that St Kentigern established his see at Hoddom. Other than Jocelyn's work, there is no evidence to support this. However, there is strong material evidence of a Northumbrian monastic site at Hoddom.[2]


Fragments remain of the old church built in 1610. A Roman altar stone, taken from the 17th century church is built inside the porch of the present church. The new Hoddom parish church, was built in 1817 and recast in 1914.


Hoddom Castle, the old Maxwell fortalice, to the south-west of the parish, was once part of the Scottish border defences.


  1. ^ Parker, Michael (2012). "An Eighth-century Reference to the Monastery at Hoddom" (PDF). The Journal of Scottish Name Studies: 51–52. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-02.
  2. ^ Lowe, Christopher E. (1991). "New Light on the Anglian 'Minster' at Hoddom: Recent Excavations at Hallguards Quarry, Hoddom, Annandale & Eskdale District, Dumfries & Galloway Region" (PDF). Transactions of the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society. Third Series. LXVI: 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-02.

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