Johnstonebridge
The Dumfriesshire Companion
Haig Gordon

THEMES & PERSONALITIES

Introduction

Some Historical Background

The Border

From Westerkirk to Westminster Abbey -
Thomas Telford


Robert Burns - Doonhamer

The Sage of Ecclefechan - Thomas Carlyle

Hugh MacDiarmid and the Muckle Toon

Other Literary Figures

The Artists

Fame and Fortune

Other Pairs of Eyes

Johnstonebridge

The bridge in question used to be one designed by Dumfriesshire's own Thomas Telford. It was erected in 1818 to cross the River Annan on the former main road between Carlisle and Glasgow. In 1939 Telford's crossing was demolished and replaced by another.


There are no prizes for guessing that this was Johnstone territory once upon a time. The name is ubiquitous: the parish is Johnstone and the principal place of worship Johnstone parish kirk, built in 1819 but incorporating part of an earlier kirk of the 1740s. A bell at the kirk is said to have come from the old Johnstone stronghold, Lochwood Tower near Beattock.


To the north-west, the grand sandstone mansion of Raehills overlooking the Kinnel Water was built in the 1780s and enlarged in the 1830s. It too is said to have re-cycled decorative features from Lochwood Tower.

Raehills

St Ann's Bridge next to the Raehills estate entrance was put up across the Kinnel in 1795 and widened in 1817.

PLACES

Ae
Amisfield
Annan
Auldgirth
Bankend
Beattock
Bentpath
Brydekirk
Canonbie
Carronbridge
Carrurtherstown
Chapelknowe
Clarencefield
Closeburn
Collin
Cummertrees
Dalswinton
Dalton
Dornock
Dumfries
Duncow
Dunscore
Durisdeer
Eaglesfield
Eastriggs
Ecclefechan
Eskdalemuir
Glencaple
Gretna
Hightae
Holywood
Johnstonebridge
Kettleholm
Kirkconnel
Kirkpatrick Fleming
Kirkton
Kirtlebridge
Langholm
Lochmaben
Lockerbie
Middlebie
Moffat
Moniaive
Mouswald
Newton Wamphray
Parkgate
Penpont
Powfoot
Ruthwell
Sanquhar
Templand
Thornhill
Tinwald
Torthorwald
Tynron
Wanlockhead
Waterbeck

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