A number of famous people, past and present, come from our area. How many do you recognise?
Dr Thomas Boyle Grierson (1818-89)
was a well-known local doctor and antiquary who established a museum in Thornhill, and set up the Society of Enquiry of which Joseph Thomson was a member. He is buried in the family grave in Penpont churchyard.
James Shaw was headmaster of Upper Tynron Parish School from 1862 -1896. He was well known for his expertise in many fields including botany, astronomy, literature and public speaking. His works are recorded in ‘A Country Schoolmaster’ by former pupil, Professor RobertWallace. He is buried in Tynron.
Joseph Laing Waugh (1868-1928)
was a Thornhill-born artist, designer and writer in the Scots dialect. His most famous works were ‘Robbie Doo’ and ‘Cracks wi’ Robbie Doo’
Image supplied by kind permission of Dumfries and Galloway Libraries and Archive Service.
Hugh McMillan taught for many years in Dumfries and now lives in Penpont. He is an award winning poet, well published, anthologised and broadcast in Scotland and abroad. Many of his poems deal with a sense of place and time.
Andy Goldsworthy OBE
is a national and international artist, best known for his sculptures and photography in natural settings. Here he is building a sandstone cone as a millenium gift to his community.
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