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Dolphinton is a village and parish in Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is located 7 miles (11 km) northeast of Biggar, 11 miles (18 km) northeast of Carstairs, 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Leadburn and 27 miles (43 km) southwest of Edinburgh, on the A702 road.

The local manor belonged in the 12th century to Dolfine, elder brother of the first Earl of Dunbar. The estate was owned in various forms by the Brown family from the sixteenth till the nineteenth centuries, when it passed to the McKenzie family by marriage.

The parish has an area of 3581 acres. It is bordered by the parishes of Linton and Kirkurd (Peeblesshire), Walston and Dunsyre [1]

The Railway[edit]

Dolphinton RJD 49

The village once had two railway termini, now long since closed. The Leadburn, Linton and Dolphinton Railway was the first to reach Dolphinton; the line, from the Peebles Railway at Leadburn, opened on 4 July 1864.[2] In 1867 the Dolphinton Branch was opened, connecting Carstairs Junction to the Leadburn line at Dolphinton.[3]


  1. ^ Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland, by Francis Groome, 2nd edition 1896; article on Dolphinton
  2. ^ White, Henry Patrick (1971). Thomas, David St John, ed. A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland: the Lowlands and the Borders. Phoenix House. p. 98. 
  3. ^ Thomson, George (1960). The County of Lanark. Collins. p. 73. 

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Coordinates: 55°42′N 3°25′W / 55.700°N 3.417°W / 55.700; -3.417