Approaching the crossroads in the centre of Penpont
Penpont shown within Dumfries and Galloway
|Council area||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale|
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-head", 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.
The war memorial (1920) is by Glasgow sculptor William Kellock Brown.
- Watson, William J. (1924). "The Celts (British and Gael) in Dumfriesshire and Galloway". Transactions and Journal of Proceedings of the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society (1925): 142.
- James, Alan G. (2014). The Brittonic Language in the Old North: A Guide to the Place-name Evidence. Volume 2: Guide to the Elements. pp. 311, 321.
- Andy Goldsworthy Digital Catalogue: Andy Goldsworthy Archive
- Views of Tynron Doon from Auchengibbert and from Scauir Water
- Capenoch Loch (Cairn(s)) | UK | The Modern Antiquarian.com
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