An estate village associated with Comlongon Castle. The castle consists of two adjacent structures: a massive fifteenth-century tower
alongside which a Baronial-style mansion was built in the 1890s. Once a seat of the Earls of Mansfield, Comlongon is now a hotel
specialising in honeymoons for couples who may have been married in the less romantic surroundings of Gretna.
Newly-weds can choose the Haunted Suite and, if they are lucky, spend their first night in the company of the ghost of Lady Marion Carruthers.
Which really is spooky because the unfortunate Marion did all that she could to avoid a marriage that was being pressed upon her.
She was highly eligible owing to an inheritance from her father Sir Simon Carruthers of nearby Mouswald.
There were two rivals anxious to get their hands on her wealth: Sir James Douglas of Drumlanrig near Carronbridge and Lord Maxwell of Caerlaverock near Bankend.
Maxwell was so keen for a lucrative betrothal that he violently took possession of the Carruthers stronghold.
Marion sought refuge at Comlongon, home of her uncle Sir William Murray. The tussle between her two overbearing suitors transferred to the courts.
Douglas won the case and determined to claim his marital prize. Marion was equally determined to evade the clutches of the high-born thug
and did so by ending her life, jumping from the ramparts of Comlongon Castle on 25 September 1570. Well, at any rate, that is the story.
There is another theory that Douglas's men killed her.
Whatever the truth may be, it was believed at the time that she had committed suicide and so she was denied a proper Christian burial.
Her soul is therefore perpetually dissatisfied, we are told, and from time to time her restless spirit returns.
Sightings have frequently been reported, and who knows when she might appear again. 'Please contact reception,' announces the management,
'if you think you may have any new images.'
South-west of the village, Cockpool is where, according to legend, William Wallace finished off a party of
English fighters at the climax of his Nithsdale campaign in 1297 - a campaign that very probably never took place
(see Some Historical Background).