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Influencers and Inventors

This is a land of inspiration. Engineers, thinkers, scientists and inventors abound.

Furthermore, Dumfries & Galloway has inspired courage and leadership in many people throughout its long and turbulent history. Whether in battle or in faith, it has led the way for the Scottish nation. It’s fierce, independent spirit has also helped other countries win freedom.

  • Moat Brae, Birthplace of Peter Pan


    Peter Pan stands on a tree stump and looks out across a green enchanted land

    Moat Brae is the Birthplace of Peter Pan.

    New Family Attraction set in the ‘enchanted land’ that inspired the story of Peter Pan.

    Discover a world of children’s stories in the enchanted land that inspired the story of Peter Pan. Author JM Barrie played pirate games as a child in the 1870s. Featuring: Neverland Discovery Garden, Exhibitions, Darling Children’s Nursery, Home Under the Ground, Nana’s Kennel, Pirate Ship, Mermaids Lagoon, Play Features, Centre For Children’s Literature and Storytelling, Restored Georgian House, Heritage Tours, Riverside Views, Events, Activities, Café, Shop.

    Opening to the public June 2019

     

     when shades of night began to fall, certain young mathematicians shed their triangles, crept up walls and down trees, and became pirates in a sort of Odyssey that was long afterwards to become the play of Peter Pan. For our escapades in a certain Dumfries Garden, which is enchanted land to me, were certainly the genesis of that nefarious work, Peter Pan.”

    JM Barrie – creator of Peter Pan

     

     
     
  • Saint Ninian, the first Christian missionary


    Not much is known about Saint Ninian, his story comes from the mists of time, but he is perhaps the most influential person in Scotland’s history. A fourth century missionary saint, he was the first to bring Christianity to Scotland (more…)

     
     
  • Savings Bank Museum


    Duncan, Dr Henry (1774 – 1846), led to the founding of a great banking movement.
    If one were looking for a man out of Scotland’s past to serve as an object lesson for her present he wouldn’t be Burns, or even Robert Bruce. He would be someone like Henry Duncan … who typifies the Scots in one of his greatest epochs. (more…)

     
     
  • Kirpatrick Macmillan, man on wheels


    Thornhill, set in the picturesque Nith Valley saw the beginning of the transition of transport from legs to wheels. As you cycle the traffic free roads of Dumfries & Galloway, remember Kirkpatrick Macmillan, the man who had the vision to put the wheel and the pedal together and give us the bicycle.

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  • John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum And Visitor Centre


    John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum And Visitor Centre

     

     

    The John Paul Jones Cottage Museum is located on the Arbigland Estate near Kirkbean in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The cottage is where John Paul Jones, hero of the American Revolutionary War and founder of the United States Navy, was born in 1747. Jones’ father was a gardener for the estate.

     

     

     

    The cottage has two rooms, restored and furnished as they might have been during John Paul’s childhood – he added the “Jones” later. An extension to the cottage houses a recreation of Jones’s cabin on his ship the “Bonhomme Richard”.

    “I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm’s way.”

    John Paul Jones is famous in the United States as the ‘Father of the American Navy’. He was born in poverty and through his skills became a distinguished naval officer fighting for both the USA and Russia. He travelled the world and even raided his home county when he landed on St Mary’s Isle near Kirkcudbright, stole the Earl of Selkirk’s silver and was captured and imprisoned in the Tolbooth – now Kirkcudbright’s arts centre. He was awarded a gold medal and a gold sword for his exploits but he was buried in an unmarked grave for over a century, having died, perhaps appropriately, in revolutionary Paris, France, in 1792.

    In Britain he is remembered as a pirate and adventurer. Indeed, Benjamin Disraeli, an early biographer, wrote that the nurses of Scotland hushed their crying charges by the whisper of his name. In Holland, a Dutch song “Here comes John Paul Jones, that fine fellow” is still sung by school children.

     

     
     
  • Robert the Bruce, father of a nation


    In the heart of the Galloway Forest Park, near Loch Trool, is a stone. It marks the place of a battle that took place in the First War of Scottish Independence in March 1307. The man who led the Scottish troops was Robert the Bruce, recently made King Robert the first of Scotland after killing his only rival at Greyfriars Kirk in Dumfries. (more…)

     
     
  • Thomas Telford, the man who made travel possible


    As you drive along the quiet roads of Dumfries & Galloway, over its elegant bridges that span rivers and valleys, even to the land’s end lighthouse on the Mull of Galloway, you will be in the presence of one of history’s greatest civil engineers, Thomas Telford. Famous for his extraordinary bridges, aqueducts, roads, canals and docks, Telford was born in Glendinning, Dumfriesshire in 1757.

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  • The Covenanters


    Under the wide sky, high on the moors of Dumfries & Galloway and in tombs in its ancient kirkyards lie The Covenanters. These religious people were persecuted for their beliefs by the Stuart Kings in the mid-seventeenth century.  (more…)

     
     
  • Robert Burns’ Ellisland Farm


    Welcome to Ellisland Farm, the house that was built by Robert Burns in 1788 as his home and to bring his family together for the first time.

    Today Ellisland is a much celebrated Museum housing one of the worlds most important collections of Burns treasures.

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  • Easterbrook Hall


    Easterbrook Hall and The Crichton Memorial Church sit proudly within the grounds of The Crichton in Dumfries in the South West of Scotland.

    Easterbrook Hall is one of the largest auditoriums in the South of Scotland making it the perfect venue for everything from weddings, concerts and exhibitions to corporate events, family celebrations and performing arts and music events and festivals.

    The Crichton Memorial Church is regularly used for weddings, funerals and weekly services as well as graduations, concerts, plays and ‘Wine & Dine’ events.

    The Crichton has over 85 acres of landscaped grounds, gardens and parkland to explore and is easily accessible on foot, bicycle, car or bus from Dumfries town centre.

    It is free and open to the public all year round and has stunning scenery, enchanting rock gardens and an intriguing history.

    On site you’ll find The Crichton Memorial Church, Easterbrook Hall, Easterbrook Bistro, Bar & Spa, a thriving Business Park with over 80 businesses and an Academic Campus.

    For those who would like to stay over, Holiday Inn Dumfries is conveniently located on site and is the perfect base to explore The Crichton and the South West of Scotland.

    As well as being a stunning location to explore, The Crichton is a very popular wedding venue, conference centre and tourist destination.

    It is an ideal training ground for those who like to run, cycle, walk, swim and keep fit and is the home to Crichton parkrun, which starts from outdside the Crichton Memorial Church every Saturday morning at 9.15am. The Crichton Golf Club welcomes visitors and is a 9-hole course located adjacent to The Crichton. For children and families there are plenty of green spaces and playing fields too.

    Car parking is free and there are electric charging points and bicycle racks too.

    Keep up to date with What’s On at The Crichton online at www.crichton.co.uk 

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