Powfoot
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

Powfoot

Decorated bus shelter at Powfoot

It is difficult to imagine that at one time there were ambitious plans to transform Powfoot into a major seaside resort, a kind of Blackpool of the Solway. It was the idea of the manufacturer Edward Brook after he bought the Kinmount estate at Cummertrees in 1896. He started by laying roads out to the shore and creating a series of ornamental ponds. But the proposed development conflicted with local fishing interests and the scheme was eventually abandoned. The English seaside-style Queensberry Terrace in Cummertrees is indicative of the kind of housing that Brook had envisaged stretching right to the waterfront.


A few years earlier John Bell and Joseph Burnie, a couple of local builders who had made a fortune at Bootle on Merseyside, returned home and developed the red-brick houses that are still a distinctive feature of Powfoot today. In 1894 the local minister wrote that those who had known the old Powfoot 'on looking at it might well imagine that some fairy had passed by and quite transformed it.'


Powfoot Golf Hotel

Today Powfoot is famous for its golf course. The official club description is: 'The first nine holes present a stiff test in the best links tradition and the final nine encompass a mixture of parkland with whins and rough, ensuring the challenge continues to the 18th.' Opened in 1903, it was designed by James Braid (1870-1950), the Fife joiner turned professional golfer who, beginning in 1901, won the Open championship four times in six years.


It is pleasing to see from the public signage that in Powfoot there is a proper regard for the welfare of the natterjack toad. If you are a toad aficionado, the golfers' paradise of Powfoot is the place to be.
Toad in the hole?

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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