Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Scots Corner - Dumfriesshire
I was aiming for some of the local wildlife and missed them entirely :)
The Bard himself, i.e. Robert Burns lived near Dumfries (the town) for about 5 years.
Robert Carlyle was born at Ecclefechan and the home of his youth is a lovely, very small, museum.
It would be remiss of me not to mention Thomas Telford of engineering fame since he was also from the shire.
Further back in time there was much border clashes going on between the clans and against the English. Robert the Bruce did some rampaging in the area as well.
With all the historical rampaging and heated debates that went on in this part of the borders it's a wonder the area has survived as well as it has. Beautiful, peaceful, countryside with lots of interesting villages and towns to visit. For the born romantics, I guess having Gretna Green in the vicinity helps considerably :)