Monday, 29 April 2013


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The exhibition at the weekend proved to be a great success,
with large numbers of visitors interested to learn about the
history of our area.
There were many displays ranging from farming, mining, the
2 world wars to school, church and map displays. With many more
not mentioned here.

Morag's painstaking planning certainly proved to be well worthwhile
with many of the visitors appearing on both days, so much was there
 to take in.

It was also an opportunity for our scattered community to meet up
with old friends not seen over the winter months, and also
 to meet some new residents to the area.

The teas and coffees along with home baking were most welcome
as it is thirsty work looking at, and discussing the various displays!

Morag thanked all the contributors as well as giving out various
prizes for the best display, and the photographic competition.

I am sure everyone will join Kirkmahoe News in thanking Morag for
all her hard work and for all those who contributed displays, and
assisted in other ways, to make this wonderful Exhibition
such a success.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Prize Bingo Kirkton Hall 10th May

Friday 10th May 2013

Doors open 6.30 pm
All ages welcome
Includes FREE Irish Bingo game for under 18's.
All proceeds to Kirkton Village Hall Fund
Promoter :-
Mrs T Howat 0137 710 903

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Spotlight on Kirkmahoe Then and Now




110th Anniversary of the Hall

Exhibition in Kirkton Hall

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April

2.00pm-4.30pm each day.




Contact 01387 710274.
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Sunday, 21 April 2013


Here is this month's Brain Teaser.

You are asked to identify which road the pictures were taken from, and ofcourse if you have any other interesting information it would be wonderful to record it.

On the 21st of every month, a different place in Kirkmahoe will be featured and you are invited to contact the blog on to tell us:-
1. What the place is called
2. Where is it located
3. Any interesting information about it.......

There are no prizes, other than satisfaction of being right!
Your replies will help us to build up an interesting and useful resource of information about the featured places.

Everyone who accurately identifies the location will have their name published, unless they request otherwise.

Answers to BT1303

Old Duncow Mill
Correctly identified by Niamh Wallace

The name Duncow or Duncol, as it was, comes from dun which is of a dull greyish brown to brownish grey colour

And col which is the lowest point of a ridge or saddle between two peaks, typically affording a pass from one side of a mountain range to another.

1)      The name is Duncow 'Auld Meal Mill' or just Duncow Mill on OS maps.

2)       It is located on the left uphill from the bridge at West Duncow Lodge
on the left fork of the back road that leads to Newlands.

3)      There were other mills in that  part of Duncow
pre-20th Century.  In the New Statistical Account, written by Rev. John
Wightman in 1834, under the section 'Eminent Men', there is a statement:
"The present archdeacon of Calcutta, Daniel Corrie, belongs also to this
parish, and received his education at the parochial school. His
grandfather was tenant of Duncow mill, and his father was curate at
Colsterworth in Lincolnshire." The father of the late Mary Melrose, nee
Corrie, of Bridge House was a tenant of West Duncow Farm (now Tetten
Hall). ....was this the same family of Corries?
A man called Edgar was the miller in the 20th century at
one point. Parish talk suggests that the unfinished Windmill Stump near
Castlehill was started when a dispute arose between millers at Duncow,
but as it was resolved the stump was never completed.
If anyone has more information or photographs about Duncow Mill we should be glad to receive it for our archives.

Here is a piece of information just received from Morag Williams

D&G Courier June 1 1836

New Bone Mill at Duncow.
John Johnston intimates “that he has lately erected at Duncow in the parish of Kirkmahoe a Bone Mill of the most scientific construction...The situation of the mill is central with good roads in all directions.” orders may be left with Mr Johnston, bookseller, Dumfries.

May 16 1836, page 1, column 6.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

KCC Minutes March 2013 Agenda April 2013

KCC Minutes March 2013

The next meeting of Kirkmahoe Community Council will be held in Dalswinton Village Hall on Wednesday 17th April 2013 at 7.30pm

1.    Apologies for absence
2.    Minutes of the last meeting
3.    Matters arising
4.    Police Report
5.    Treasurer’s report
6.    Councillors’ report
7.    Planning report - Richard Buckley, project developer, Infinis
8.    Kirkton Enhancements 
9.    Windfarms - Dalswinton Windfarm Monies
10. Events
11. Correspondence
12. Any other competent business
13. Date, time and place of next meeting


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Matthew's News

A piece that I'm playing during my tour in Canada is the beautiful Mallorca by Albeniz. Before I left Scotland I recorded the piece during a session for the guitar maker Michael Ritchie at a studio in Glasgow. The first in the video is one I have on tour with me in Canada.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Ken Meek Concert Friday 5th April 2013

This is to remind you all that Ken Meek will be giving a concert in Kirkton Hall this Friday 5th April

Concert Starts 7.30 pm ends 11.30 pm

Ken looks forward to seeing lots of you at the Hall