Parton, Dumfries and Galloway

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Coordinates: 55°00′29″N 4°02′31″W / 55.008°N 4.042°W / 55.008; -4.042

The village of Parton

Parton is a village situated on the banks of the River Dee in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Prominent mathematical physicist James Clerk Maxwell lived at the nearby Glenlair House. He was famous for developing formulae governing electricity and magnetism as well as the Maxwell distribution in the kinetic theory of gases. Maxwell is buried under the family gravestone in the churchyard of Parton Kirk and is commemorated by a monument beside the Parton war memorial in front of the church.

Also buried in the kirkyard is Elma Yerburgh (1864–1946)[1] of the Thwaites Brewery family from Blackburn, who lived at nearby Barwhillanty.[2]

Red kites have recently[when?] been introduced to the area and can be seen at Parton viewing station.

Parton railway station was part of the Portpatrick line, but closed in 1965.


  1. ^ "Monumental Inscriptions at Parton Kirkyard". Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Woodfold Estate". Documents relating to the Woodfold Estate, Pleasington, Blackburn. The National Archives. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 

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