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Glenlochar Barrage at the end o Loch Ken

Glenlochar (Scots Gaelic: Gleann Lochair) is a clachan on the wastren bank o the River Dee in the pairish o Balmaghie in the historical coonty o Kirkcoubrieshire in Dumfries an Gallowa, Scotland. Glenlochar is locatit 1.5 mile sooth o Balmaghie Kirk an 3 mile north o Castle Douglas.


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Etymological speakin, Glenlochar micht be conntectit til the auncient name Loukopibia,[1] an dervied fae the Brittonic -luch- "slumpie watter o sautie watter" (Welsh: llwch, Scots Gaelic: loch),[1] or lǖch "bricht, shinin",[1] wi the adjectival suffix -ar.[1] The first pairt o the name is aither Brittonic glïnn- (Welsh glynn) or Scots Gaelic gleann,[1] baith o thaim meanin "a glen" (English: a valley).[1]


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The buirit remeens o a lairge Roman fort exist on the eastren bank o the River Dee, anent Glenlochar. The fort wis built in the year 81 AD (CE) bi the Governor Gnaeus Julius Agricola an parrockit an aurie aboot 7 acre.[2] Aibey Yaird is the local name for the aurie conteenin the fort remeens; this reflects the wrang identification on Ordnance Survey maps afore the 1940s as the site o an aibey.[3]

Durin Warld War II Glenlochar wis the site o a trainin camp for the biggin o Bailey brigs. The concrete leck steids o the camp is veesible yet. An unflistit bomb shell wis fund at the site and an controlt flist wis conductit in 2002.


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Glenlochar haes a smaw community haw that uised tae be the local schuil.

The Glenlochar Barrage on the River Dee is a pairt o the Galloway hydro-electric power scheme.[4]

Glenlochar HooseCoordinates: 54°57′32″N 3°58′59″W / 54.959°N 3.983°W / 54.959; -3.983 is a late 18t/19t century Georgian hoose wi its principal facade leukin ower the River Dee.


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  1. a b c d e f James, Alan. "A Guide to the Place-Name Evidence" (PDF). SPNS - The Brittonic Language in the Old North. Archived frae the original (PDF) on 13 August 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  2. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland[deid airtin]
  3. Historic Environment Scotland. "Glenlochar,Roman fort, annexe, road, camps & barrows 50m E of Montford (SM12792)". Retrieved 16 Apryle 2019.
  4. "Glenlochar Barrage". Canmore. Archived frae the original on 6 Mairch 2017. Retrieved 30 Juin 2017.