Dumfries and Galloway

Woodside Square, Minnigaff
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Woodside Square, Minnigaff

A village of Dumfries and Galloway, Minnigaff lies on the east side of the River Cree opposite Newton Stewart. The Penkill Burn joins the Cree here. Before the development of Newton Stewart, Minnigaff was a prominent market centre. Cumloden House to the north was built in 1825 for Sir William Stewart and became a summer retreat for the Earls of Galloway and to the east in the grounds of Kirroughtree House Hotel (1719) stand an ice-house and an octagonal doocot. The Wood of Cree Reserve to the east is one of southern Scotland's largest remaining ancient broad-leaved woodlands. A garden and row of houses serve as a memorial to Philippa Fendall Wendell, Countess of Galloway (1906-74).

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