Haugh of Urr
|Haugh of Urr|
Haugh of Urr shown within Dumfries and Galloway
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|Council area||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||CASTLE DOUGLAS|
|UK Parliament||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Scottish Parliament||Galloway and West Dumfries|
Haugh of Urr, is a village in Dumfries and Galloway, south-west Scotland. It is approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) NNW of Dalbeattie, 3 miles (4.8 km) NE of Castle Douglas, 12½ miles west of Dumfries and 12½ miles east of Kirkcudbright. It is pronounced hoch of ur, with Haugh rhyming with the Scottish pronunciation of loch.
The village is situated beside the River Urr. Scots haugh, from Old English halh, healh 'corner, nook' means river-meadow or a level piece of ground beside a stream. 'Urr' is from Cumbric or 'a border, boundary, limit'.
It has one pub, the Laurie Arms which incorporates a part-time Post Office, one Church (Church of Scotland), a Village Hall, a Scout hut, and a small village green. The village no longer has any shops. It used to have two shops, one of which included a petrol filling station, while the other included a full-time post office, which reduced to part time in later years. The last shop closed in 2009. Hardgate is a nearby hamlet up the hill and the boundaries are indistinct. Agriculture and tourism are the mainstays of the local economy. The village is known to locals as "The Haugh".
Motte of Urr
The Motte of Urr, is the site of a motte-and-bailey castle. Today this medieval earthwork near the Haugh of Urr is said to be the most extensive bailey earthwork in Scotland. It lies beside the River Urr to the north west of Dalbeattie. It dates from the 12th century, and covers an area of about 2 ha (5 acres). In the present day, there are no excavations or walls. It is associated with Buittle Castle, a courtyard castle dating to about 1230, which was destroyed early in the 14th century and belonged to Devorgilla and her husband John I de Balliol (founder of Balliol College, at Oxford University). Together they bore the future king John of Scotland.
List of listed buildings
- "Dictionary of the Scotland Language: s.v. Haugh". http://www.dsl.ac.uk/. Retrieved 2015-03-24.
- James, Alan G. (2014). The Brittonic Language in the Old North: A Guide to the Place-name Evidence. Volume 2: Guide to the Elements. p. 299.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Urr.|
- Overview of the village http://www.scottish-places.info/towns/townfirst3245.html
- Urr parish church http://www.dlbteparishch.f9.co.uk/page15.html
- Parish information http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/sct/KKD/Urr/
- Vale of Urr http://www.glenlair.org.uk/vale_of_the_urr.asp
- Unpublished records for the parish of Urr in Kirkcudbrighshire http://donjaggi.net/galloway/index.html
- River Urr http://www.glenlair.org.uk/river_urr.asp
- Motte of Urr http://www.scottish-places.info/features/featurefirst8406.html
- Motte of Urr http://thereformation.info/motte.htm
- Buittle Castle http://www.rcahms.gov.uk/pls/portal/newcanmore.details_gis?inumlink=65002
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