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Castle Loch

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Castle-Loch, a lake in Lochmaben parish, Dumfriesshire, immediately SSE of Lochmaben town. In shape resembling a stone arrow-head, with apex pointing north-north-westward, it has an extreme length and breadth of ¾ mile and 5¼ furlongs, and, as seen from the NE with the Torthorwald hills on the sky-line, presents a picturesque appearance. Both the site of the original Castle of the Bruces, and the scanty remains of the subsequent castle so famous in history, are near its shores, but will be noticed under Lochmaben. Its waters contain ten kinds of fish, including loch trout, pike, perch, roach, bream, chub, and vendace. The last of these, a shy, small Teleostean, of the Salmonidæ family, peculiar to this lake and to Mill Loch, has drawn great attention both from naturalists and from epicures; and is preserved and caught in sweep-nets once a year-on the third Tuesday of July-by the Vendace Club.—Ord. Sur., sh. 10,1864.

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