Mail Coach Monument

(Postie Stone)

Monument to Driver's of the Dumfries-Edinburgh Mail
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Monument to Driver's of the Dumfries-Edinburgh Mail

A modest memorial sitting beside the Cross Burn and next to the A701 road 5½ miles (9 km) north of Moffat, the Mail Coach Monument (or Postie Stone) was erected in 1931 to commemorate James McGeorge and John Goodfellow, respectively the guard and driver of the mail coach bound from Dumfries to Edinburgh, who died from exposure in a fierce snow-storm on the 1st February 1831. The pair had been forced to abandon their coach, yet fought onwards through the snow with the mail bags before succumbing close to the head of the Cross Burn. They had taken the coach-horses, who survived and managed to reach a local farm, thereby raising the alarm. The men were buried in the Old Churchyard in Moffat and fondly remembered by the towns-folk for their dedication to their duty.

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