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Galloway House

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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Galloway House, the family seat of the Earls of Galloway, in Sorbie parish, SE Wigtownshire, within ¼. mile of Rigg or Cruggleton Bay, and 1¼. SE of Garliestown station, this being 9¼. miles SSE of Wigtown. Built in 1740, it is a plain large edifice, with projecting wings, a fine conservatory, beautiful gardens, and a nobly wooded park; and it commands a magnificent prospect of the shores of Wigtown Bay and the Solway Firth, away to the Isle of Man and the far, blue Cumberland mountains. Within hang thirty family portraits, beginning with Sir Alexander Stewart, who was thirteenth descendant of Alexander, fourth lord high steward of Scotland, through his younger son, Sir John Stewart of Bonkill or Bunkle, and the Stewarts of Dalswinton and Garlies, and who in 1607 was created Lord Garlies, in 1623 Earl of Galloway. Alan Plantagenet-Stewart, present and tenth Earl (b. 1835; suc. 1873), holds 23,203 acres in Wigtownshire and 55,981 in Kirkcudbrightshire, valued at £24,864 and £7334 per annum.—Ord. Sur., sh. 4, 1857.

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