We have a Heritage Centre within Dunscore Church. A main focus of the centre is our local heroine, Jane Haining.
Jane Haining was born in Dunscore and worshipped in the Craig Free Church. She was the only Scots woman to die in Auschwitz.
As Matron of the Girls Home in the Budapest Mission of the Church of Scotland, she refused to leave her charges when war broke out and paid the ultimate price. Non-Jews who gave or risked their lives to aid Jews in the Holocaust may be added to the list of ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ – the Memorial of the Jewish people located in Jerusalem. Jane Haining was honoured in this way in 1998.
The church retains a strong link with Hungary and every year a group of Hungarian children visit Dunscore.
You can find out much more about Jane in the Dunscore Heritage Centre. You can see a bible that was presented to her at Dumfries Academy, a copy of her will as well as several other items associated with her. There are also many books, photos and several videos about her life.
You can also visit some of the places that were important in Jane’s life and find out more about her by following the Jane Haining Trail. This route was created by Dunscore Community Council with the aid of the Tom Carrick bequest.
The map of the trail is shown below: