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Ecclefechan


Dumfries and Galloway

Ecclefechan
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Ecclefechan

A village of Annandale in Dumfries and Galloway, Ecclefechan lies in the valley of the Mein Water, a tributary of the River Annan, 5 miles (8 km) north of Annan and 8 miles (14 km) north of the English border. Of early origin, the settlement developed on either side of the main road from Carlisle to Glasgow and established its own markets and fairs. Although it is now bypassed by the A74 it retains its linear form. The Arched House, birthplace of the historian and social reformer Thomas Carlyle (1795- 1881), has been maintained by the National Trust for Scotland since 1936. Carlyle is buried in the local churchyard where the grave of Archibald Arnott (1772 - 1855), Napoleon's doctor on St. Helena, can also be found. Ecclefechan Tarts are a traditional rich sweet dessert.


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