Parkgate
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

Parkgate

The area is dominated by The Barony, a college providing courses in agriculture, fisheries and forestry. It began in the 1970s. The campus has been created around the former Kirkmichael House, built in a sixteenth-century style in the 1830s. There is evidence on the site of a previous mansion having been here since the 1650s.


The name of the parish hereabouts is Kirkmichael and the kirk of that name lies to the north-west. It was built around 1815. In 1674 Kirkmichael absorbed the parish of Garvald to the east and the ruins of its early-seventeenth-century kirk are a couple of miles north-east of Parkgate.


About one mile north-east of Parkgate, alongside the A701, there is a spot known as the Six Corses [Scots, 'corpses']. This is where in 1296, according to tradition, six English soldiers were killed by the freedom-fighter William Wallace and his companions but in truth there are reasons to doubt that Wallace was ever in the area (see Some Historical BackgroundSome Historical Background).

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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