Glenluce

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Glenluce
Main street in Glenluce - geograph.org.uk - 163897.jpg
Glenluce Main Street
Glenluce is located in Dumfries and Galloway
Glenluce
Glenluce
 Glenluce shown within Dumfries and Galloway
OS grid reference NX197573
Civil parish Old Luce
Council area Dumfries and Galloway
Lieutenancy area Wigtownshire
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWTON STEWART
Postcode district DG8
Dialling code 01581
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Dumfries and Galloway
Scottish Parliament Galloway and West Dumfries
List of places
UK
Scotland

Coordinates: 54°52′41″N 4°48′40″W / 54.878°N 4.811°W / 54.878; -4.811

Glenluce (Gaelic: Clachan Ghlinn Lus) is a small village in the parish of Old Luce in Wigtownshire, Scotland.[1] It lies on the A75 road between Stranraer and Newton Stewart.

It contains a village shop, two hotels, a caravan park and a town hall, as well as the parish church.

The Church[edit]

The Parish Church of Glenluce, with the two chapels, was vested by the king in 1587.[2][3][4]

The Rev'd Thomas McWhirter is its minister.


Castle of Park[edit]

The 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.

Administration[edit]

Glenluce formerly had its own parish; however in 1646 this was split in two, forming the current parishes of Old and New Luce.

At a regional level, Glenluce is governed by Dumfries and Galloway Council which covers Galloway (of which Wigtownshire forms the eastern half) and Dumfriesshire.

Locally it is governed by Old Luce Community Council.[5]

Glenluce Abbey[edit]

Glenluce Abbey

Near to the village is Glenluce Abbey, a disused Cistercian monastery built in 1192 by Lochlann, Lord of Galloway. Following the Reformation it was abandoned, falling into its current ruinous state.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Robert Chambers, William Chambers, The gazetteer of Scotland, Vol. 1, Edinburgh, 1844, p. 500, p. 748–749)
  2. ^ "Caledonia" Vol.III by George Chalmers, London, printed 1824., p.441
  3. ^ National Records of Scotland. GALLOVIDIAE Pars Occidentalior, in qua VICECOMITATUS VICTONIENSIS cum Regalitate Glenlucensi
  4. ^ Parish Lists of Wigtownshire. AD1684 p.10 http://archive.org/stream/parishlistsofwig72scot#page/10/mode/2up
  5. ^ http://www.glenluce-online.org.uk/old_luce_community_council.html