New Galloway

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New Galloway
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New Galloway
New Galloway is located in Dumfries and Galloway
New Galloway
New Galloway
Location within Dumfries and Galloway
OS grid referenceNX635775
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Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDG7
Dialling code01644
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55°04′23″N 4°08′20″W / 55.073°N 4.139°W / 55.073; -4.139Coordinates: 55°04′23″N 4°08′20″W / 55.073°N 4.139°W / 55.073; -4.139
Tolbooth, High Street
The Ken Bridge, built 1822 by John Rennie.

New Galloway (Gd: Baile Ur Ghall-Ghaidhealaibh) is a town in the historical county of Kirkcudbrightshire in Dumfries and Galloway. It lies on the west side of the valley of the Water of Ken, a mile north of the end of Loch Ken. Before the local government reform of 1975 it was the smallest Royal Burgh in Scotland.

Engraving of a view of New Galloway by James Fittler in Scotia Depicta, published 1804

There were scattered settlements in the area from at least the 13thC (when the nearby Kenmure Castle was first built), but the village was formally founded in the 17th century by the Viscount of Kenmure and granted Royal Burgh status in 1630 - this was to enable it to serve as a market town. However, Kirkcudbright, only 19 miles to the south, was larger and drew more traders. New Galloway thus grew very slowly and is the smallest Royal Burgh in Scotland.

New Galloway today is an attractive rural town. It has a Town Hall, the CatStrand Arts and Visitor Centre, two churches, three pubs, and a golf club. A popular holiday destination, standing on the edge of the scenic Galloway Forest Park, it is on the Galloway Kite Trail, where red kites can be spotted at all times of the year. Each August, it hosts the Scottish Alternative Games in its small park.

  • Kells Parish Church of Scotland, built in 1822 to a design by local architect William McCandlish.  T-plan church with square tower at the centre of south wall. Interior reworked in 1911 following the original layout. The churchyard has three ‘Adam and Eve’ stones of 1706-7, and  the grave of Captain John Gordon’s gamekeeper at Kenmure Castle, John Murray, who caught the largest recorded pike in Loch Ken in 1774.
  • St Margaret's Episcopalian Church was built in 1904 by W H Harrison, the chancel added in 1908 and the lychgate in 1912. [1] The harled walls are white and the roof tiles are red. The windows are by Kempe, Clayton & Bell, and James Powell & Sons.
  • The Ken Bridge, which links the town with the main road on the east side of the valley, was built in 1822 by the Scottish engineer, John Rennie, who also built the second London Bridge and Waterloo Bridge.
  • James Faed Jnr, (1856-1920) artist, son of James Faed, lived and died at his home "The Bungalow".[2] Buried in Kells Churchyard.

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