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Approaching the crossroads in the centre of Penpont.
Penpont shown within Dumfries and Galloway
|Council area||Dumfries and Galloway|
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|UK Parliament||Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale|
It was also a Civil Parish in Dumfriesshire.
It is situated near the confluence of the Shinnel Water and Scaur Water rivers in the foothills of the Southern Uplands, and has a population of roughly 400 people. The name means "bridge end", in the Old Welsh or Cumbric language, once spoken in Galloway.
Penpont is notable as the birthplace of Joseph Thomson, the geologist and explorer after whom Thomson's Gazelle is named. The sculptor Andy Goldsworthy has lived in the village since 1986 and retains a workshop there. Many of his works can be found in the surrounding countryside, including a pinecone-shaped sculpture at Stepends Farm made to celebrate the year 2000.
There are several sites of archaeological interest nearby, including Bronze Age forts on the hills Tynron Doon and Grennan Hill and a long cairn at Capenoch Loch dating from the 2nd or 3rd century.
The village of Penpont holds a week long festival known to the locals as the "Penpont Gala" every year, commencing the first week of July.
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