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Hilltop Memorials & Public Art

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Visit prominent memorials to the great men of Galloway’s past. On Vinney Hill overlooking Gatehouse of Fleet the Rutherford Monument stands fifty-five feet high and celebrates the town’s erstwhile Minister and exile. There is a fine farmland walk up Viney Hill with spectacular views at the top.

Novelist SR Crockett, whose memorial stands in Lauriestion, was born in Duchrae near New Galloway and set many of his popular stories in Galloway.

Linguist and poet, Alexander Murray is remembered on the Queen’s Way with an obelisk atop the Grey Mare’s tail waterfall.

Christopher Murray Grieve, otherwise known as Hugh MacDiarmid is remembered in Jake Harvey’s hilltop sculpture outside Langholm and, of course, Robert Burns and Jean Armour have statues in Dumfries.

Finally, Kirkcudbright’s War memorial, designed by G. H. Paulin takes the form of a gigantic warrior in bronze, seated, with sword in hand and was unveiled in 1921.

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