St John's Town of Dalry

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Looking south from St John's Town of Dalry
The fountain, Clachan Inn, the town hall and the A702/A713 junction in St John's Town of Dalry

St. John's Town of Dalry, usually referred to simply as Dalry, is a village in Dumfries and Galloway, formerly in Kirkcudbrightshire. It is located sixteen miles (26 km) from Castle Douglas along the A713 road, and is at the southern terminus of the A702 road (to Edinburgh). It is located on an old pilgrimage route to Whithorn and St Ninian's Cave and named after the Knights of St John.[1] The town was the centre of the 1666 Pentland Rising [2] The village is sited on a bend of the Water of Ken,[3] about three miles (5 km) from the northern edge of Loch Ken.[4]

St. Johns Town makes a good base for exploring the surrounding region, the Southern Upland Way, and the nearby Galloway Hills, including the peaks of Corserine and Cairnsmore of Carsphairn. St. Johns Town of Dalry was recently named 'Bird Town', to celebrate the work of renowned bird artist and writer Donald Watson who resided in the Dalry for many years.[5]

Notable people from Dalry[edit]

  • John Johnston, a farmer born in nearby Knocknalling, is credited with introducing agricultural drainage to the United States.
  • Cathy Cassidy, children's author.
  • Cowan Dobson, artist and portrait painter.
  • Donald Watson, bird artist and writer, lived here for over 50 years.[6]
  • Hugh Foss, cryptographer and Scottish country dance deviser, lived here from his retirement in 1953 until his death in 1971.
  • Neil Gunn, novelist, lived here from the age of 12.[7]
  • Cedric Thorpe Davie, composer and teacher, being professor of music at St.Andrews University, bought Rose Cottage in 1959 initially for holidays (of which he spent as many as possible here with his family), and retired here in 1977. He died in Rose Cottage on 18 January 1983.

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Climate[edit]

In common with the rest of the country, Dalry benefits from a climate classified as Oceanic (Köppen Cfb), encompassing cool summers and mild winters with year round rainfall. Temperature extremes at Glenlee, under 1 mile to the South West, have ranged from 31.0 °C (87.8 °F) during July 2005[9] to −18.3 °C (−0.9 °F) in both January 1940[10] and December 1995.[11]

Climate data for Glenlee 55m asl, 1971-2000, extremes 1960- (Weather station 1 mile (2 km) to the SW of Dalry)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.3
(55.9)
14.1
(57.4)
18.3
(64.9)
24.0
(75.2)
27.0
(80.6)
28.9
(84)
31.0
(87.8)
29.3
(84.7)
25.8
(78.4)
21.8
(71.2)
15.7
(60.3)
13.9
(57)
31.0
(87.8)
Average high °C (°F) 6.4
(43.5)
6.8
(44.2)
8.9
(48)
11.8
(53.2)
15.5
(59.9)
17.6
(63.7)
19.4
(66.9)
18.9
(66)
15.8
(60.4)
12.6
(54.7)
8.9
(48)
7.0
(44.6)
12.47
(54.43)
Average low °C (°F) -0.0
(32)
0.2
(32.4)
1.5
(34.7)
2.5
(36.5)
4.8
(40.6)
7.8
(46)
9.9
(49.8)
9.5
(49.1)
7.4
(45.3)
4.9
(40.8)
1.8
(35.2)
0.5
(32.9)
4.23
(39.61)
Record low °C (°F) −18.3
(−0.9)
−15.6
(3.9)
−13.9
(7)
−6.7
(19.9)
−5.3
(22.5)
−1.7
(28.9)
1.1
(34)
0.0
(32)
−3.6
(25.5)
−6.0
(21.2)
−11.3
(11.7)
−18.3
(−0.9)
−18.3
(−0.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 206.96
(8.148)
145.79
(5.7398)
144.68
(5.6961)
87.37
(3.4398)
80.86
(3.1835)
78.64
(3.0961)
81.66
(3.215)
104.24
(4.1039)
139.27
(5.4831)
183.65
(7.2303)
183.11
(7.2091)
207.33
(8.1626)
1,643.56
(64.7073)
Source: Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute/KNMI[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.scottish-places.info/towns/townfirst
  2. ^ Jack Hunter, The Upper Glenkens. Stenlake Publishing 2001
  3. ^ Fullarton, A. (1845) The Topographical, Statistical, and Historical Gazetteer of Scotland, Vol 1: A-H, p.304. A.Fullarton. Retrieved January 2012.
  4. ^ St John's Town of Dalry Feature Page on Undiscovered Scotland
  5. ^ http://www.sup.org.uk/pdf/wbc-final-report-24-dec-09.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.watsonbirds.org/donald-jeff-watson
  7. ^ Bold, A.N. (1989) Scotland: a literary guide p.76 Routledge. ISBN 0-415-00731-3 Retrieved January 2012.
  8. ^ http://www.wrightmusic.net/pdfs/cedric-thorpe-davie.pdf
  9. ^ "2005 temperature". KNMI. 
  10. ^ "1940 temperature". UKMO. 
  11. ^ "1995 temperature". KNMI. 
  12. ^ "Glenlee Climate". KNMI. Retrieved 5 Nov 2011. 

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Coordinates: 55°06′22″N 4°09′54″W / 55.106°N 4.165°W / 55.106; -4.165