Glenluce Main Street
|Glenluce shown within Dumfries and Galloway|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||NEWTON STEWART|
It contains a village shop, two hotels, a caravan park and a town hall, as well as the parish church.
The Rev'd Thomas McWhirter was its minister.
Castle of Park
The Castle of Park is an L-plan tower house near the village. It was built in 1596 by Thomas Hay, upon the lands given to him by his father, who was the last abbot of Glenluce Abbey. The Hay family continued to live there until 1830, when they abandoned the castle, leaving it to fall into disrepair.
The building remained empty until 1949, when the Ministry of Works came into possession of it. They performed some restoration work on the roof, but stripped out the floors and demolished the wings, which were derelict by this time.
From 1976-8 Historic Scotland undertook a restoration programme, repairing the walls and renewing the floors and windows. They then leased it to the Landmark Trust, who have now opened the castle to the public.
Locally it is governed by Old Luce Community Council.
The town was served by Glenluce railway station from 1862 by the Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Joint Railway which provided a strategic link to Northern Ireland under British Rail. However, it was cut under the Beeching Axe in 1965.
- (Robert Chambers, William Chambers, The gazetteer of Scotland, Vol. 1, Edinburgh, 1844, p. 500, p. 748–749)
- "Caledonia" Vol.III by George Chalmers, London, printed 1824., p.441
- National Records of Scotland. GALLOVIDIAE Pars Occidentalior, in qua VICECOMITATUS VICTONIENSIS cum Regalitate Glenlucensi
- Parish Lists of Wigtownshire. AD1684 p.10 https://archive.org/stream/parishlistsofwig72scot#page/10/mode/2up
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