BALMAGHIE, Kirkcudbrightshire - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]

"BALMAGHIE, a parish in the county of Kirkcudbright, Scotland, 4 miles to the N.W. of Castle Douglas. It lies on the south side of the river Dee and the west shore of Loch Ken and contains the villages of Dee Bridge and Laurieston. It was formerly the estate and residence of the Maghies. The district is hilly and heathy, and has several lakes, and mineral springs. The living, value £203 is in the presbytery of Kirkcudbright, and in the patronage of Admiral Gordon. In this parish is Thrief Castle, which in the Civil War was held for Charles I.; it is on an island in the Dee, and belonged to the Douglases. The parish is about 10 miles in length and 4 miles in breadth."

"DEEBRIDGE, a village in the parish of Balmaghie, in the county of Kirkcudbright, Scotland, 1 mile W. of Castle Douglas. It is situated on the river Dee."

"LAURIESTON, a village in the parish of Balmaghie, county Kirkcudbright, Scotland, 5 miles N.W. of Castle Douglas."

"LIVINGSTONE, a village in the parish of Balmaghie, county Kirkcudbright, Scotland, 5 miles N. W. of Castle Douglas."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

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