"The surface is of irregular elevation, and, in many places, rough and rocky. Along the whole western boundary, there is a range of hills, commencing with Lowtis on the north, and terminating with Criffell on the south...
Dumfries, distant seven miles, is the nearest market town, and supplies a ready demand for all sorts of agriculture produce.
About ten families reside at Drumburn, which, except New Abbey, is the only place in the parish that can be called a village.
The length of the parish from north to south is fully ten miles, and its breadth from east to west about 2 miles. It is bounded on the north, by the parish of Lochrutton; on the south, by Kirkbean; on the east, by Troqueer and the river Nith; and, on the west, by Kirkgunzeon and Colvend."
Rev. James Hamilton, Minister, New Statistical Account, Blackwood.