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Stewartry, The


(The Stewartry of Kirkcudbright)

More fully, the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, The Stewartry was the name of a former Scottish county now forming part of the Dumfries and Galloway local government area. The term 'stewartry' was once applied to any area of Crown property in Scotland administered by a steward rather than a sheriff. The Stewartry of Kirkcudbright was annexed to the Crown in 1455 by King James II in his bid to break the power of the Douglas Lords of Galloway. Between 1974 and 1996 Stewartry was the name of one of the four districts of Dumfries and Galloway. The Stewartry Museum is located in Kirkcudbright in a building erected in 1891.


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