Glenluce Main Street
Glenluce shown within Dumfries and Galloway
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Old Luce|
|Council area||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||NEWTON STEWART|
|UK Parliament||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Scottish Parliament||Galloway and West Dumfries|
It contains a village shop, two hotels, a caravan park and a town hall, as well as the parish church.
The Rev'd Thomas McWhirter is its minister.
Castle of Park
The Castle of Park is an L-plan tower house near the village. It was built in 1596 by Thomas Hay, upon the lands given to him by his father, who was the last abbot of Glenluce Abbey. The Hay family continued to live there until 1830, when they abandoned the castle, leaving it to fall into disrepair.
The building remained empty until 1949, when the Ministry of Works came into possession of it. They performed some restoration work on the roof, but stripped out the floors and demolished the wings, which were derelict by this time.
From 1976-8 Historic Scotland undertook a restoration programme, repairing the walls and renewing the floors and windows. They then leased it to the Landmark Trust, who have now opened the castle to the public.
Locally it is governed by Old Luce Community Council.
- (Robert Chambers, William Chambers, The gazetteer of Scotland, Vol. 1, Edinburgh, 1844, p. 500, p. 748–749)
- "Caledonia" Vol.III by George Chalmers, London, printed 1824., p.441
- National Records of Scotland. GALLOVIDIAE Pars Occidentalior, in qua VICECOMITATUS VICTONIENSIS cum Regalitate Glenlucensi
- Parish Lists of Wigtownshire. AD1684 p.10 http://archive.org/stream/parishlistsofwig72scot#page/10/mode/2up
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