Penpont, Dumfries an Gallowa

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Sheddins at the centre o Penpont
Penpont is located in Dumfries and Galloway
Location within Dumfries an Gallowa
OS grid referenceNX8494
Ceevil pairish
  • Penpont
Cooncil area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnitit Kinrick
Post tounThornhill
Postcode destrictDG3
Diallin code01848
EU PairlamentScotland
UK Pairlament
Scots Pairlament
Leet o places
55°13′55″N 3°48′54″W / 55.232°N 3.815°W / 55.232; -3.815Coordinates: 55°13′55″N 3°48′54″W / 55.232°N 3.815°W / 55.232; -3.815

Penpont is a veelage aboot 2 mile wast o Thornhill in the historical coonty o Dumfriesshire, in Dumfries an Gallowa, Scotland. It is near the infaw o the Shinnel Watter an the Scaur Watter rivers in the fithills o the Soothren Uplands. It his a population o aboot 400 people.

Archaeology[eedit | eedit soorce]

The're several archaelogical sites nearby, includin Late Bronze Age hill fots on Tynron Doun[1] an on Grennan Hill, an a lang cairn at Capenoch Loch[2] datin fae the 2t or 3d century.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Penpont war memorial
Brig ower the River Nith, completit in 1778

The toponym Penpont means "brig-heid" in the Cumbric leid aince spoken in the region. [3]

The A702 road passes throu Penpont. Wast o Thornhill is crosses the River Nith on a twa-airched stane brig in Penpont pairish. It wis built in the 1760s efter the presbytery o Penpont raised £680 taewart the cost. Wark startit aboot 1774, bit in 1776 the brig clytit. The brig wis completit in 1778 an strenthent in 1930-31. The brig is a Category A leetit biggin.[4]

Penpont's Kirk o Scotland pairish kirk is a Gothic Revival biggin completit in 1867. It is a Category B leetit biggin.[5] It his an Art Nouveau Communion table made in 1923.

Penpont's war memorial wis made bi Glesga sculptor William Kellock Brown an instawed in 1920. It is a bronze statue o an infantryman wi his rifle pyntin dounwart, his haunds restin on the butt an his heid slicht boued.

Namely fowk[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Sir Hugh Steuart Gladstone FRsE FZS (1877-1949) - ceevil servand an ornithologist, Laird Lieutenand o Dumfries, bade at Capenoch Hoose in Penpont.
  • Andy Goldsworthy (born 1956) - sculptor, he his bade in the veelage syne 1986 an he his a warkshap there.
  • Joanna Lumley (born 1946) - Breetish actress, she his a hame near Penpont

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Views around the top of Tynron Doon". Cairnsmore of Carsphairn and the Scaur Hills. South West Scotland Hill Walking Routes.
  2. "Capenoch Loch (Cairn(s))". The Modern Antiquarian. Julian Cope.
  3. Watson, William J (1925). "The Celts (British and Gael) in Dumfriesshire and Galloway" (PDF). Transactions and Journal of Proceedings of the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society. Third Series. XI: 147. Archived frae the original (PDF) on 31 August 2014. Archived 2014-08-31 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Historic Environment Scotland. "Nith Bridge (A702 over River Nith)  (Category A) (LB17286)". Retrieved 2 Apryle 2019.
  5. Historic Environment Scotland. "Penpont Village Penpont Church and churchyard  (Category B) (LB17267)". Retrieved 2 Apryle 2019.

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