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Orchardton 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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Orchardton, a mansion, with beautiful grounds, in Rerwick parish, Kirkcudbrightshire, near the head of Orchardton Bay, 6½ miles SSE of Castle-Douglas. Its owner, William Douglas Robinson-Douglas, Esq.- (b. 1851; suc. 1878), holds 3495 acres in the shire, valued at £2021 per annum. Orchardton Tower, 1½ mile NNE, is the only round tower in Galloway. It was a seat of a branch of the Maxwells; and the strange story of its ` Wandering Heir ' is told in Miss Goldie's Family Recollections (Edinb. 1841).—Ord. Sur., sh. 5, 1857.

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