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Dunscore village and War Memorial.jpg
Dunscore village and War Memorial
Dunscore is located in Dumfries and Galloway
Dunscore shown within Dumfries and Galloway
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55°08′31″N 3°46′48″W / 55.142°N 3.7801°W / 55.142; -3.7801Coordinates: 55°08′31″N 3°46′48″W / 55.142°N 3.7801°W / 55.142; -3.7801

Dunscore is a small village which lies 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Dumfries on the B729, in Dumfriesshire, in the District Council Region of Dumfries and Galloway, southwest Scotland.

The village of about 150 people, has a pub, a post office and a tea room.[1] The village hosts a gala event every August.[2]

It is the birthplace of the Church of Scotland missionary Jane Haining, one of only ten Holocaust victims from Scotland.

Dunscore railway station opened in 1905, closed to passengers in 1943 and to goods in 1949. The station was on the Cairn Valley Railway which ran to Moniaive from Dumfries.

See the Civil Parish Map of Dumfriesshire, for the Civil Parish of Dunscore at :

Civil Parish Historical Tax Rolls for the Civil Parish of Dunscore, Dumfriesshire, (Volumes 1-5) refer :

Craigenputtock Estate is within the Civil Parish of Dunscore.

Dunscore Old Kirk burial ground.


The name Dunscore is of Cumbric origin, formed of the elements dīn 'fort' and *ïsgor 'fortification, rampart'.[3][4] William J. Watson proposes the meaning "fort of the bulwark or rampart".[5]

The Church[edit]

There is a parish church.[6]

The long abandoned Dunscore Old Kirk was located near Fardingwell Farm, between Robert Burns Ellisland Farm and Robert Ferguson's "Isle Tower".

In Thompson's 1832 map Ellisland was spelt "Elliesland" and was next to Isle Tower.[7]

The 'Laird of Lag's Tomb' is located at the surviving "Dunscore Old Kirk"burial ground, as is the grave of Captain Robert Riddell of Glenriddell, a close associate of Robert Burns.


  1. ^ "Village of Dunscore". Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  2. ^ "Dunscore Village Gala". Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  3. ^ James, Alan G. (2014). The Brittonic Language in the Old North: A Guide to the Place-name Evidence (PDF). Volume 2: Guide to the Elements. pp. 144, 215. 
  4. ^ James, Alan G. (2013). "P-Celtic in Southern Scotland and Cumbria: A review of the place-name evidence for possible Pictish phonology" (PDF). The Journal of Scottish Name Studies: 56. 
  5. ^ Watson, William J. (1925). "The Celts (British and Gael) in Dumfriesshire and Galloway" (PDF). Transactions and Journal of Proceedings of the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society. Third Series. XI: 147. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-08-31. 
  6. ^ "Dunscore Parish Church". Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  7. ^