William Colvin of Craigielands
William Colvin of Craigielands
Beattock, Scotland
The following pictures show the Craigielands Manor and surrounding grounds, which belonged to William Colvin, a wealthy sheep breeder and stockman in the late 1800s.  These pictures and text were graciously provided by Sandy, dfsgal@aol.com, who lives in Dumfries, Scotland.  Sandy maintains a web page on Dumfries, with pictures and history found at http://members.aol.com/dfsgal/town.htm.

These pictures were taken on May 30, 1998.

William Colvin had a fountain constructed in 1875 in the middle of the town of Moffat, about 2 miles away.  There is a famous English toffey manufacturer in Moffat whose tins of toffey bear a picture of the Colvin Fountain.  It was from such a tin that I first learned of the fountain.

Michael Colvin, mcolvin@iname.com

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    This was obviously a very substantial property at one time. The manor backs onto a wooded hill.   The approach to the house is just one big caravan site (holiday trailer park in American, I think?)

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 The house is occupied, but gates shut and barred.  It didn't look too hospitable.  I joined the sheep to take the photographs. I asked permission at the caravan site reception office, and was directed to rough path from the site along the lake, so I didn't  have to trespass.

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The pictures show that the house could do with a lick of paint.  It is mostly made of small granite blocks, not the red sandstone I had expected.  I would guess that the painted sections were sandstone though.  The granite would have made the construction very expensive.  Sandstone is the local material while granite has to come from the west of Galloway, either Dalbeattie or Creetown areas.

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To the front of the manor a large lawn slopes down to a man-made lake with the requisite artificial island covered with trees and rhodedendrons, now just a sheepfold.
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