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Southerness Point

(Saturness Point, Satterness Point)

Southerness Point, with the English Lake District beyond
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Southerness Point, with the English Lake District beyond

A headland on the Solway coast of Dumfries and Galloway, Southerness (Satterness or Saturness) Point lies at the eastern end of the Mersehead Sands, 9 miles (14 km) south of New Abbey. A lighthouse was built here in 1748 by Dumfries Town Council for the direction of shipping coming into the River Nith. At this point the coast suddenly bends in a westerly direction. The small coastal village of Southerness was established nearby in the late 18th Century by Richard Oswald of Auchincruive (1705-84) who hoped to find coal in the area.

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