Crossroads at the centre of Penpont
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Penpont is a village about 2 miles (3 km) west of Thornhill in Dumfriesshire, in the Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland. It is near the confluence of the Shinnel Water and Scaur Water rivers in the foothills of the Southern Uplands. It has a population of about 400 people.
The A702 road passes through Penpont. West of Thornhill it crosses the River Nith on a two-arched stone bridge in Penpont parish. It was built in the 1760s after the presbytery of Penpont raised £680 toward the cost. Work started about 1774, but in 1776 the bridge collapsed. The bridge was completed in 1778 and strengthened in 1930–31. It is a Category A listed building.
Penpont's war memorial was made by Glasgow sculptor William Kellock Brown and installed in 1920. It is a bronze statue of an infantryman, with his rifle pointing downwards, his hands resting on the butt and his head slightly bowed.
- Gary Lewis (Award Winning Barber) who took the titles for [Best Barber Shop of South Scotland 2018) and [most commended Barber of the year Scotland in 2019] at The Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards both hosted in Glasgow.Gary was Raised in Penpont and lived in Briar Place. Hairdressing career started in Thornhill at Jones Hairdressing in 2016. Gary's Business Who's Next Barber Shop can be found on Lockerbie highstreet at 87 Highstreet.Taking his Barbering skills to Europe Gary took part in a Barber battle in Amsterdam in which he came 6th out of 30 contestants in 2018. Gary also cut Maltese most famous song artist Malcolm pisani's hair for his new music video (RISE) In May 2019.
Then onto Dublin to represent south Scotland to teach and Judge a Barber battle in 2019. Gary has worked alongside some of the most famous in the Barbering industry during this time frame.
- Sir Hugh Steuart Gladstone FRSE FZS (1877-1949) civil servant and ornithologist, Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries, lived at Capenoch House in Penpont.
- Joseph Thomson (1858–95), the geologist and explorer after whom Thomson's Gazelle is named, was born in Penpont.
- The sculptor Andy Goldsworthy has lived in the village since 1986 and has a workshop there. Many of his works are in the surrounding countryside, including a pinecone-shaped sculpture at Stepends Farm made to celebrate the year 2000. Each year Penpont holds a week-long festival called the Penpont Gala, beginning in the first week of July.
- Kirkpatrick MacMillan, generally credited with the invention of the pedal driven bicycle, was born and died in Keir, one mile south of Penpont.
- Joanna Lumley owns a cottage near the village.
- Hugh McMillan (poet) born 1955
- "Views around the top of Tynron Doon". Cairnsmore of Carsphairn and the Scaur Hills. South West Scotland Hill Walking Routes.
- "Capenoch Loch (Cairn(s))". The Modern Antiquarian. Julian Cope.
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- Historic Environment Scotland. "Nith Bridge (A702 over River Nith) (Category A) (LB17286)". Retrieved 2 April 2019.
- Historic Environment Scotland. "Penpont Village Penpont Church and churchyard (Category B) (LB17267)". Retrieved 2 April 2019.
- Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
- "Andy Goldsworthy Archive". Andy Goldsworthy Digital Catalogue.
- "Famous People of Penpont". Penpont Heritage. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
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