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Dumfries and Galloway

A neat little hamlet on the western edge of the Lowther Hills in Dumfries and Galloway, Durisdeer lies on the Kirk Burn, 6 miles (10 km) north of Thornhill. The substantial parish church dates from 1699 and is A-listed. It contains the ornate burial vault of the first Duke of Queensberry, while in the churchyard is the Martyr's Grave - the last resting place of Daniel McMichel, a Covenanter who was killed at Dalveen in 1685. A modern cemetery to the south of the village contains the graves of ballerina Moira Shearer (1926 - 2006 ) and her husband author and broadcaster Sir Ludovic Kennedy (1919 - 2009 ). The village provided a location in the 1978 film of John Buchan's novel The Thirty Nine Steps, starring Robert Powell. Durisdeer Hill rises to 569m (1861 feet) nearby and a 4 mile (6.5 km) right of way called the Well Path links Durisdeer with the Dalveen Pass. A Roman fortlet situated a mile (1.5 km) to the northeast once guarded a road climbing out of Nithsdale into the hills.

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