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The following is not intended to be in any way exhaustive.
We will include any obituaries of local people that we come across in old newspapers.
They are arranged in alphabetical order of surname.


Ardwall, Lord : Scotsman 1911 November 11th

The funeral of Lord Ardwall took place on Saturday afternoon to Anwoth Churchyard from Ardwall House, the residence of the late Judge, and one of the historic estates of the Stewartry. There was a large attendance of county gentlemen, Lord Ardwall having been extremely popular among all classes throughout the county. There was also a large representation from the neighbouring burgh of Gatehouse of Fleet, in the welfare of which he and Lady Ardwall were deeply interested. The shops and the dwelling-houses in the town had the blinds drawn, and the burgh flag floated at half-mast from the Town Hall.

The chief mourners were Captain A. Jameson-McCulloch, 7th Dragoon Guards (son); Mr John Gordon Jameson, advocate, Edinburgh (son); Captain A. M. Jameson, Bengal Lancers (son); Mr James Jameson, W.S., Edinburgh (half brother); and Mr St Clair Jameson; Colonel Robert Mackenzie, C.B. of Edinbarnet, Dumbartonshire; Mr Robert Mackenzie of Caldarvan, Dumbartonshire; Mr E, A. Cliff-McCulloch of Kirkclaugh (brother in law);Mr William Stewart of Shambellie (nephew); ..... Among others present were Lieutenant Stewart R.N., Shambellie (nephew); ...Sir William Maxwell, Bart. of Cardoness ...The Rev. F.W. Saunders, Anwoth; the Rev. John Stewart, Girthon; ...Rev. Mr Taylor, Gatehouse; ..Colonel Rainsford-Hannay of Kirkdale;... (and many other).

A service was conducted in front of the mansion by the Rev. P. Fisher, Tongland and Twynholm Free Church. The funeral cortege was headed by a detachment of the Newton Stewart Boys' Brigade... On arrival at Anwoth, the coffin was borne within the ivy-clad and roofless walls of the historic church.... here the McCullochs, one of the oldest families in the Stewartry, and represented by Lady Ardwall, have been buried for centuries, and it was in their ground that the late Judge was laid to rest. The coffin having been lowered, prayer was offered by the Rev. F.W. Saunders, minister of the parish.

The coffin, which was of oak, with a brass mountings, bore the following inscription: - ''Andrew Jameson, Lord Ardwall. Born 1845; Died 1911''


Ardwall, Lady : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1940 June 1st.

We regret to record the death of Lady Ardwall of Ardwall, Gatehouse, at her residence on Monday evening. Her ladyship had been in failing health, and her demise was not unexpected. When the news reached Gatehouse there was a feeling of personal loss and sorrow everywhere. Lady Ardwall was born at Ardwall in 1851, and was a descendant of two noted Galloway families, the McCullochs of Ardwall and the Gordons of Earlston, and her mother was Miss Janet McCulloch, daughter of Mr James Murray McCulloch of Ardwall, and his wife, Miss Christain Robison of Seddriegreen, Stirlingshire. She was married to Sheriff Jameson at Lochanhead, Dumfries, in July, 1875, and in 1904 Sheriff Jameson was created a Judge of the Court of Session, with the title of Lord Ardwall.

Lady Ardwall inherited the Ardwall estate from her uncle, Mr Walter McCulloch of Ardwall, in 1892, and from that time Ardwall has been the family home. She was always interested in the welfare of the community, and willing to take her share of all helpful work. Gracious in manner and public-spirited, her generosity was unsurpassed. Her benefactions were given quietly, but many stories of her kindness were told by recipients.

One of her ancestors was Mr John Bell of Whiteside, who was shot on Kirkconnel Moor for his adherence to the Scottish Covenant, and Lady Ardwall was imbued with the same deep Christian spirit. She was originally a member of the United Free Church, and had been a member of Girthon Parish Church since the union. While able to go about, she was very regular in her attendance, and was a generous contributor to the schemes of the Church. Lady Ardwall was a great lover of animals, and when walking was seldom seen without one or more of her dogs. She took a personal interest in the estate and the affairs of the district in general.

In her family circle she showed a fine example of real home life, gentle, loving and kind, and was admired by all who were privileged to have her intimate acquaintance. Lady Ardwall had spent almost all her days at Ardwall since the death of Lord Ardwall in November, 1911 and her passing will leave a blank in the community.

She is survived by three sons, Major-General Sir A. J. McCulloch, Sheriff John Gordon Jameson, and Colonel A. McC. Jameson, and one daughter, Mrs Bourn-May, to whom the sympathy of the whole district is extended.


Armour, Mr David: Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1844 December 11th.

At Antigua, on the 19th October last, aged 24 years, Mr David Armour, a native of Anwoth, Kirkcudbrightshire; a young man of superior talents and acquirements, whose loss is severely lamented by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in Galloway, and by none more so than by his apprentice-master, Mr R. Coltart, merchant, Gatehouse, to whom he endeared himself by his amiability and sterling worth; and we rejoice to think that a change of country did not affect any change in the goodness of his disposition. We copy the following from the obituary of the Antigua Observer of 24th October last. ''On the 19th inst., Mr David Armour, the junior partner of the firm Coltart and Armour, of this city. The high consideration which this young gentleman had secured for himself both in his social and commercial relations, by his urbanity of manners and gentlemanly deportment has rendered his untimely removal a subject of the deepest regret to many who highly esteemed him. His remains were attended to the grave by the largest and most respectable assemblage of gentlemen ever remembered to be present upon any similar occasion.''


Armstrong, Mr Robert J.P. : Galloway News 1944 June 24th

The agricultural community of Gatehouse suffered a profound loss through the death on Wednesday last, of Mr Robert Armstrong J.P., Littleton at the age of 73. After a period of business (the) deceased took up farming nearly fifty years ago and was eminently successful in many branches of the profession. He was a noted dairy farmer, winning renown with many representatives of his herd, whilst he was also a prominent breeder of blackfaced sheep. Of a genial and engaging personality, he was held with the highest esteem and regard in the locality where his chief interests lay, whilst he was always willing with help and advice, to further every good cause that was brought to his notice. He was a Justice of the Peace for the Stewartry, and performed much notable work in this capacity at the Kirkcudbright Courts.

A devout Churchman, he was originally a member of Girthon and Anwoth U.F. Church, of which he was clerk to the Deacon's Court for many years. He became a member of Girthon Parish Church at the Union, and although invited to join the Session, with his customary modesty, he declined the honour. Before his health failed, he was a regular attender at the services in that church.

At the forenoon service at Girthon Church on Sunday, Rev. Andrew J. Easton paid fitting tribute to the memory of Mr Armstrong, and referred to the great work he had performed on behalf of the Church.

The funeral, which was of a private nature, took place to Borgue Churchyard on Friday.


Bell, Mr John: Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1844 February 2nd.

At the school-house, parish of Anwoth, near Gatehouse. on Sabbath, the 4th inst., aged 52 years, Mr John Bell, who has been upwards of thirty years Parochial Teacher, and one of the elders of that parish - much and deeply regretted by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was a most assiduous and successful teacher in all the branches he professed; he made it a standing rule in his school, to teach and impress on the youthful mind the doctrines and precepts of Divine truth.


Bennett, Mrs Margaret: Galloway News 1944 September 2nd.

While in the act of retiring for the night, Mrs Margaret Bennett (70), 6 Roseberry Terrace, Gatehouse, wife of Robert Bennett, retired bobbin mill worker, had a seizure and died almost immediately. Of the family of nine, three sons and one daughter are serving with the Forces.


Coats, Rev. Dr Walter W.: Dundee Courier 1941June 23rd

Noted Brechin Preacher Dead.     With the death at Brechin Infirmary on Saturday of Rev. Dr Walter W. Coats, minister of the first charge, Brechin Cathedral, the church has lost a noted preacher. Dr Coats was 84, and had been in frail health for some time.

He came to Brechin 45 years ago from Girthon, Galloway. A man of wide culture, he was a powerful preacher. His deep sympathy soothed many sorrows, and he was always ready to give a helping hand to those in need.

Educated at Glasgow University, his alma mater conferred on him the degree of D.D.

His father and brother had been connected with Glasgow Infirmary and Dr Coats for many years was hon. president of Brechin Infirmary. His wife died some years ago, and he is survived by a son and daughter.


Cairns, Mr John : Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser 1915, April 4th

The death occurred at his residence, 20 Kensington Gardens, London on Friday evening, of Mr Cairns, first cashier in the London office of the Bank of Scotland. Mr Cairns was a son of the late Mr John Cairns, builder, Gatehouse, and after receiving his education at Fleetside School, he entered the office of the Gatehouse branch of the Bank of Scotland, under the late Mr Henry D. Glover. Mr Cairns afterwards filled responsible positions in the bank offices of Stonehaven, Hamilton and Kelso, and he was then transferred to the office in London, where he eventually attained to the high and responsible position of first cashier. He had thirty five years of service with the bank, and during that period he was regarded as a valuable and faithful servant. He spent his holidays each year in Gatehouse, to which he was always most attached. He was a member of the London Galloway Association, taking much interest in its affairs, and he was a regular attendent at the Society's meetings. He was of an unassuming manner, was most approachable, and he had many visits at the bank in London during the year from residents in Gatehouse and other parts, and they always found in him a friend and willing guide to the city, with which he had in twenty years become as familiar as with his own little native town. He is survived by Mrs Cairns and two little boys, and by his aged mother, who resides in Gatehouse.

 In 1871 Girthon Census in Back Street, John Cairns, aged 9, born Gatehouse, was with his parents John, a builder employing 12 men, and Mary and 4 siblings.

In 1881 Girthon Census, John Cairns aged 19, bank teller lived with his widowed mother Mary and a brother at Salamanca Cottage (Woodside Terrace)

In 1911 Girthon Census widow Mary Cairns, aged 77 was living at Mail Road (now Woodside Terrace)

[John Cairns married Jane Muirhead in 1902 at Stoke Newington. The couple had two children John born 1908 and James born 1912 - ex]


Campbell, David : Galloway News 1923 June 22nd

It will be learned with interest that the memory of a native of Gatehouse, the late Mr David Campbell, has been perpetuated by the congregation of the Chapel Street Congregational Church, Blackburn, by the insertion of a beautiful stained glass window in the church. The late Mr Campbell, who was a school master, was well known in Gatehouse. He also resided in Carlisle for some time. (The window) contains the inscription ''To the Glory of God, and in affectionate remembrance of David Campbell, who faithfully served this Church and Sunday School for 63 years, 1856-1919''  There was a good congregation, including many old friends and scholars of Mr Campbell and members of his family: Mr Tom Campbell and Mr James Campbell (sons), Mrs Whiteman (daughter), Mrs Duxbury of Carlisle (daughter), and a number of grandchildren.


Campbell, Mrs Jessie : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1917 August 25th

The death of two Gatehouse octogenarians.     The death occurred of two octogenarians both belonging to the Gatehouse district and well known to the people of that neighbourhood. On the 13th of August there died suddenly in Edinburgh at the age of 82 years, Mrs Campbell. She was the wife of Mr James Campbell, formerly draper in Gatehouse of Fleet, and since his long residence in Edinburgh a familiar figure to Galloway folk there. Mrs Campbell, whose maiden name was Jessie Lewis McKean of Braeside, Gatehouse..... Also Mrs Mason, Skyreburn  [see below]


Campbell, Bailie W. B.  :  Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser 1915 February 19th.

At his home in Fleet Street, on Tuesday evening, another of the well-known personalities of Gatehouse passed away, after a brief illness, in the person of Bailie William Campbell, at the age of 72 years. His familiar figure will be much missed in the town of Gatehouse, of which he was a native, and as he was of a cheery disposition and kindly nature. For many years he had taken an active part in public affairs, being first a member of the old Parochial Board, and afterwards a member of the Anwoth Parish Council since that body came into being. He was an Oddfellow, having joined the ''Rusko'' Lodge at its inauguration. Perhaps it was as a member of Gatehouse Town Council that he was best known. He took an active interest in all its business, and was never afraid to voice his opinion on any question. He was a bit of a humorist, and his pawky remarks often caused much amusement.

Bailie Campbell, along with his brother, Provost Campbell, was in business in Gatehouse for a long period in the horse shoeing and implement trade, from which they retired about six years ago. He leaves a wife and two daughters to mourn his loss.


Carney, James  : Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser 1873 April 4th

The death of Mr James Carney will recall to many at a distance, mingled with regret, many pleasurable reminiscences of their youthful days, when their hearts bounded elate as they followed ''The Merry Masons'' on their annual parade through the streets of our then lively little town; his well known face on these occasions beaming with satisfaction as he led the procession holding a naked sword, the emblem of his office. Alas! he like the good old days, is faded and gone, and his memory now is only left. Deceased was an industrious, quiet, inoffensive man. He was a keen angler and was quite an adept in ''the gentle art''. His remains were interred in the new churchyard with Masonic honours, being carried thither by the brethren of St Stephen's Lodge to which he belonged. The coffin was covered with a cloth emblazoned with many curious devices on which were laid his sword and sabre. At the grave the brethren performed the burial ceremony.     Republished in Galloway News 1923 April 6th  'Fifty Years Ago'


Carson, female : Dumfries & Galloway Standard & Advertiser 1848  April 26th

Melancholy Case.     A girl named Carson, aged about twelve years, died on the public road near Gatehouse, on Monday week, under painful circumstances. She was, while labouring under consumption, along with her mother and step-father, proceeding to Gatehouse, of which she was a native, expecting to get employment at weed cutting; but ere the destination was reached, death terminated her sufferings. The inspector of poor was sent for, but at the time could not attend, owing to his duties of his school requiring all his care and attention. The impropriety of allowing schoolmasters to be made inspectors of the poor, has been previously mentioned in the Standard, and every day tends more and more to show the folly of having two offices conjoined, for it is impossible that the duties of the school and the wants and requirements of the poor can both be properly attended to.


Clark, J. J.: Dumfries & Galloway Standard & Advertiser 1940 October 23rd

Mr J. J. Clark, Clachan of Girthon, Gatehouse. passed away on Sunday morning after a long illness, and by his death one of the most successful farmers is removed from the district. His father and he were originally blacksmiths at the Clachan Smithy, and over forty years ago they took over the tenancy of Clachan Farm, carrying on both businesses for a time. Anyone who knew the farm before they took over and sees it today will see the effect of good husbandry. Mr Clark built up a fine herd of Ayrshire cows, and for years took the top price at Castle Douglas market for his lambs. Although hard working on the farm, until his health broke down he took an active part in the affairs of Girthon Parish Church, where he was an elder for close on thirty years, and a generous supporter of the church. In politics he was a Conservative and a member of the local committee. He is survived by his widow and two sons.

At the service in Girthon parish Church on Sunday morning the Rev. Robert Hamilton of Anwoth said: ''I regret to announce the death of Mr John Clark of Clachan, which took place this morning after a long illness. Mr Clark had a long association with this church as an elder and was an ardent and generous supporter. We extend to his wife and two sons our sympathy in their loss.''


Clark, Thomas Telfer : Dumfries & Galloway Standard & Advertiser 1917 May 23rd

A Gatehouse Farmer.     Mr Thomas Telfer Clark, farmer, Clachan of Girthon, near Gatehouse of Fleet, who died on Wednesday evening, was interred in Girthon Old Churchyard with much respect and solemnity on Saturday afternoon, when a large company followed his remains to the grave. Mr Clark, who was in his eightieth year, yet hale and hearty, left his home on Monday, 7th May, for Courthill, near Crocketford, intending to stay for a few days amongst his friends, and thereafter attend Barr of Spottes sale on Friday. On the way he evidently caught a chill, as he took ill on Monday night at Courthill. The attack developed into pneumonia and pleurisy, from which he succumbed on the 16th inst.

Mr Clark originally was a blacksmith, having served his apprenticeship at Kirkpatrick-Durham, and afterwards he was for five years with Mr McDonald, Gatehouse. He then took over the country smithy at Clachan in 1864, which he occupied for a long period. Thereafter he became tenant of the farm at Clachan, which he held for twenty years. He was thus a resident in that part of the parish for fifty-three years. Mr Clark was one of the last survivors of the original members of the ''Rusko'' Lodge of Oddfellows, and a member of the Girthon Parish Church, of which he was a most regular attender. His wife predeceased him some years ago. He leaves a grown-up family. His son, John, who was his partner, continues in the farm.


Coats, Rev. Dr. Walter W.: Dundee Courier 1941 June 23rd

Noted Brechin Preacher Dead.     With the death at Brechin Infirmary on Saturday of Rev. Dr.Walter W. Coats minister of the first charge, Brechin Cathedral, the church has lost a noted preacher. Dr Coats was 84, and had been in frail health for some time.

He came to Brechin 45 years ago from Girthon, Galloway. A man of wide culture, he was powerful preacher. His deep sympathy soothed many sorrows, and he was always ready to give a helping hand to those in need.

Educated at Glasgow University, his alma mater conferred on him the degree of D.D.

His father and brother had been connected with Glasgow Infirmary, and Dr Coats for many years was hon. president of Brechin Infirmary. His wife died some years ago, and he is survived by a son and daughter.


Dalrymple, William : Dumfries & Galloway Standard & Advertiser 1943  March 20th

Gatehouse octogenarian's death.     Mr William Dalrymple, one of the oldest and most respected townsmen of Gatehouse, passed away last week in his 86th year. He was born in Gatehouse, and later, when living at Ruscoe Castle, where his father was head forester. He attended the school at Anwoth. On leaving school he served his apprenticeship with Messrs McGaw, builders, and worked for the firm for over 60 years. He was an expert at his trade, and could turn his hand to anything. He was an enthusiastic gardener, and for several years won the prize for the most successful exhibitor at Gatehouse show. In summer he had a wealth of bloom in his garden, and the begonias in his greenhouse were a picture worth seeing. He was very musical, and had a fine tenor voice. At the age of 19 he was appointed precentor in Girthon Parish Church, which position he held with acceptance for 37 years. During that time he was a Sunday School teacher. He was also an elder in Girthon Church for 33 years, and always an active worker for the church. In sport he was a good footballer and cricketer in his younger days, and for many years one of the best  players in the curling and bowling clubs. He had a retentive memory, and was interesting in his talks of the days gone by. He took a great interest in the history and geography of Galloway, and could tell the heights of all the hills.

Mr Dalrymple is survived by Mrs Dalrymple, one son in USA, one in Canada, and two sons and a daughter in this country.

At the service in Girthon Church on Sunday Mr Hamilton made a sympathetic reference to the passing of Mr Dalrymple.


Dott, Dr, Alexander: Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1916 October 21st

We regret to announce the death of Dr Alexander Dott, which occurred at his residence at Gatehouse of Fleet somewhat suddenly late on Tuesday evening. Dr Dott, who was 51 years of age, was a native of Laggan, Inverness-shire, and had conducted an extensive practice in Gatehouse and a wide district around for a period of about twenty-four years. Quiet and gentle in his manner, he was much respected in his wide circle of friends. He never took any prominent part in local affairs, but he was a town councillor, a president of the Bowling Club, an active member of the Mutual Improvement Association, and held all the local appointments connected with his profession. He is survived by Mrs Dott and a little boy and girl. The interment takes place this afternoon to Girthon Cemetery.


Fergusson, Miss Betty : Galloway News 1944 July 1st

Miss Bessie Fergusson, daughter of the late Mr S. K. Fergusson Culreoch, Gatehouse, and Mrs Fergusson, High Street, Gatehouse, died with startling suddenness on Tuesday morning. Mrs Young, a neighbour, passed the house at midday, and noticing the milk still on the step, knocked the door to see if all was well. On receiving no answer, she got a joiner to open the back door, and on going upstairs found Miss Fergusson dead, with her invalid mother beside her, but helpless to call for assistance. Deceased had been going about her daily duties on Monday.


Gardiner, John : Dumfries & Galloway Standard & Advertiser 1941, April 26th

In Girthon Parish Church on Sunday morning the Rev. Robert Hamilton read the following reference to Mr John Gardiner, Upper Ruscoe, which he had received from the Rev. Andrew J. Easton : ''It was with a deep sense of personal loss that I learnt last week of the passing of Mr John Gardiner. Of his public service to the country I need say nothing, perhaps, to record my conviction that the excellent work he did will long be remain an eloquent memorial and example of untiring and enlightened service. It is as a member of our church here, and as one of the most loyal supporters, that I would write. He was deeply and actively interested in the life of the congregation, and, while he would not accept office, was ever ready to give his help and service. regular and helpful in his attendance at public worship, he was a shining example of what a true member of Christ's Church should be. To me personally, as ''the new minister'' he was kindness itself. I never met him without feeling the better of it. His was the character that lifted all who came in contact with him; supremely of him it can be said ''he was a good man.'' In the sense that something truly noble has been taken from us we mourn his passing.


Gibson, Baillie John : Dumfries & Galloway Standard & Advertiser 1903, May 4th

The late Baillie Gibson, Gatehouse.     We regret to learn of the death of Mr John Gibson, postmaster at Gatehouse of Fleet and senior baillie of the burgh, which occurred after a short illness on Monday afternoon, at the age of 66. Mr Gibson, who was a native of the parish of Girthon, had held the appointment of postmaster for thirty-six years. He filled a useful position in the community, and the Town Council, and until recently of the Girthon School Board, and acting as secretary of the local branch both of the Oddfellows and Foresters. He was a keen angler, a pioneer in the district of the photographic art, and a man of kindly, genial nature. With his demise much of the unrecorded history of Gatehouse will be lost. The funeral took place on Thursday to Girthon Old Churchyard, and was largely attended by all classes, testifying to the respect in which he was held. The Rev. R.B. M'Glashan, before the cortege started, conducted a short and impressive service in the Assembly Rooms. A procession was formed. A large deputation of Oddfellows and representatives from the Foresters being in front, followed by a full attendance of the Town Council headed by Provost Campbell and Bailie McClellan, with Mr R.S. Glover, town clerk, and other burgh officials. The route was through Cally grounds and on arrival at the churchyard Bro. Phillips read the funeral service of the Order of Oddfellows.


Glover, Mrs Jane :  Galloway News 1923 March 16th

Another link with the past has been severed by the death of Mrs Glover, which took place at her residence, Ardmore, Gatehouse, on Saturday. The deceased lady, who was in her 86th year, was the widow of Mr Henry Douglas Glover, for many years agent of the Bank of Scotland and solicitor in Gatehouse. Mrs Glover was a native of Dumfries and came to Gatehouse on her marriage 60 years ago, and was well known and highly respected in the district. During that long period she took a keen and helpful part in the various agencies and activities of the town. She was a member of Girthon Parish Church and when it was undergoing extensive alterations and repairs, she took a prominent part in arranging and carrying out a successful bazaar, which was organised to raise funds for that purpose. Latterly, through advancing years, she was unable to attend the services but to the last retained a deep interest in the welfare of the church and was a liberal supporter of the church schemes. She is survived by her four sons, Mr John Glover, W.S., Edinburgh; Dr Henry J. Glover, Oxton, Berwickshire; Mr R. S. Glover, solicitor, Gatehouse; and Mr Douglas James Glover, Texas.

The funeral took place on Tuesday from Ardmore to Girthon Cemetery. The service at the church was conducted by the Rev. J. Stewart while Rev. Mr McGlashan officiated at the grave. There was a large attendance present to pay their last tribute of respect.

[In 1891 Girthon Census Jane Glover aged 54 born Maxwellton, Kirkcudbrightshire was with her husband Henry Douglas Glover and one son Douglas James Glover,]


Hamilton, Alexander : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1917 January 10th

Death of a Gatehouse farmer.     We regret to learn of the death of Mr Alexander Hamilton, Whiteside, near Gatehouse, at the age of 56. He had been in poor health for some time, and died at Edinburgh on Wednesday afternoon. Deceased was a native of Anwoth, being the son of the late Mr Thomas Hamilton, farmer in Laggan, Anwoth. At the time of his death he occupied various farms in the district. His residence was at Whiteside, in which farm he succeeded his uncles, the late Messrs Dickson. He was a most successful farmer, and was widely known and greatly respected throughout Galloway and at important markets in other parts of Scotland. He took a great interest in the affairs of the district, and supported liberally any project and institutions that benefited the community.


Hamilton, John Gardiner J.P. : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1941 April 12th

We regret to record the death of Mr John Gardiner, J.P., of Upper Ruscoe, which took place suddenly on Tuesday morning. Mr Gardiner had not been quite his usual [self] for a day or two, but was downstairs and collapsed shortly after breakfast.

Mr Gardiner was born at Killeron, a few miles from where he died, 72 years ago. After leaving school he spent five years in the Union Bank, Gatehouse, then took up farming. The first farm he tenanted was Kingslaggan, on Cardoness estate, where he spent a few years after the death of his father. Then he took the farm of Upper Ruscoe, where he farmed for forty-four years. During that time he had also held other sheep farms. For many years Mr Gardiner had been a very prominent man in the affairs of the county. He was one of the oldest members of the Kirkcudbrightshire County Council, serving on various committees, and at the time of his death he was vice-chairman of the Education Committee. He also represented the parishes of Anwoth and Girthon on the Western District Council. He was also a governor of the West of Scotland Agricultural College. He was a member of the old School Board and of Anwoth Parish Council. Since the outbreak of war he had taken a lively interest in the Cally House scheme. He was a J.P, for the county of Kirkcudbright.

Apart from the work of his farm and the Councils mentioned, Mr Gardiner was always ready to help any good cause. An authority on sheep stock, his services were often in demand for valuations and arbitrations. His familiar figure will be greatly missed at church and market alike, and many will miss his kindly advice. He was a member of the United Free Church and of Girthon Parish Church since the Union, and although he declined eldership, he was a member of the finance committee. He was a very regular attender at Girthon Church, and also took an interest in the Sunday School and at services held at Gatehouse Station. He also took a great interest in the entertainments held for people of the Station district, and often occupied the chair. Those that were privileged to visit his home were always impressed by his devotion to his wife and family.

He is survived by Mrs Gardiner, one son and three daughters, to whom the community extend their sympathy. The funeral takes place to Anwoth, to-day at 2.30.


Henry, Mrs Helen : Perthshire Courier 1813 March 25th

At Doon, near Gatehouse of Fleet, on the 2d of March, Mrs Helen Henry, aged 91, relict of Mr Samuel Henry farmer there. It may be worthy of remark, that she has at present two brothers living, one aged 81, and the other 84; also a sister living aged 88 years, and another sister, who died four years ago, aged 88.


Hogg, Mr James : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1944 January 8th

The late Mr James Hogg, Gatehouse.     The death has occurred at the advanced age of eighty-five of Mr James Hogg, retired farmer, Gatehouse. Mr Hogg, who belonged to the burgh, started his working days as a mason with Messrs McGaw, but left it to go in for dairying, which he carried on successfully for a number of years, winning many trophies for cheesemaking and buttermaking. Later he took the farm of Townhead, Gatehouse, where he built up a fine dairy herd, and after the last war he took the farm of Enrick, where he carried on till he retired. Along with Mrs Hogg, he took an active interest in the affairs of the district, and especially the work of the Liberal Committee, and was always ready to assist any good cause. In his younger days he was keen on sport, especially quoits, in which game he excelled.

For many years he was an elder in Girthon Parish Church, and was a regular attender until health prevented him.

At the morning service in Girthon Church on Sunday the Rev. Mr Hamilton read the following tribute from the Rev. Mr Eason. ''It was with real sorrow that I heard this week of the death of my good friend James Hogg. While he had not been able to take part in church affairs for some time past, he was always interested in all that we were doing, and in his quiet kindly way most encouraging to his minister and fellow-elders....Our sympathy goes out to his family in their loss at this time, and in particular to its far flung members and his grandchildren on active service.''


Hunter, Mrs Elizabeth  : Galloway News 1944 August ?

Mrs James Hunter, Drumaber, Gatehouse passed away last week after a lingering illness. As Nurse Nicol, she came to Gatehouse over 40 years ago, and after her marriage to the late Mr James Hunter, joiner, she continued to give services to those who had need of her. About 20 years ago, when the Gatehouse Nursing Association was formed, Mrs Hunter was appointed their first nurse, discharging her duties untiringly for a number of years, and leaving behind her a memory which will long linger in many homes of the district. An enthusiastic member of Girthon Parish Church and of the Woman's Guild, Mrs Hunter, in her leisure hours, enjoyed a game of bowls. She was always ready to help with any good cause, was bright and cheery, and a good neighbour and friend. She is survived by a son and a daughter. The funeral took place at Anwoth Cemetery and among the floral tributes was one from the Gatehouse Nursing Association. [Elizabeth Duguid Hunter née Nicol died 7th August 1944]


Hunter, James : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1937 July 17th

Mr James Hunter, Gatehouse.     Mr James Hunter, joiner, Gatehouse, died suddenly on Thursday evening (15th). Along with Mrs Hunter, he was watching a football match between Gatehouse and Castle Douglas. They left the field while play was in progress but had only reached the road when Mr Hunter collapsed and died.

Mr Hunter, who belonged to the New Abbey district, came to Gatehouse about 38 years ago, as clerk of works on the Cally estate, which position he held until about seven years ago. Five years ago he and his son took over the joinery business from Messrs. Henry, which they have carried on since. Soon after Mr Hunter came to Gatehouse he established himself as a favourite, and had always been a highly respected member of the community. He always took a keen interest in the affairs of the place and was willing to give his assistance when called on. He was an N.C.O. in the old Galloway Rifles, and at the outbreak of war offered his services, and spent the greater part of the time at a prisoner of war camp on the Isle of Man. He was a very good rifle shot, and in earlier days attended many of the competitions in connection with the Galloway Rifles. He was an enthusiastic Freemason and a member of the Eastern Star. He was an elder in Girthon Parish Church, and until prevented by indifferent health was a regular attender there. He was a regular attender at the football matches which were held near his home, and as a token of respect the game on Thursday evening was postponed. He is survived by Mrs Hunter, two daughters, and a son, to whom the community extend their sympathy.


Hunter, Katherine : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1945 March 7th

The late Nurse Hunter, Gatehouse.     The many friends of Nurse K. Hunter throughout the south-west of Scotland will learn with regret of her death which took place in the Cottage Hospital, Kirkcudbright, last Monday. She had been in hospital for a few weeks and hoped to be discharged on Tuesday, but passed away suddenly the day previous. Nurse Hunter, who had done private nursing for about 40 years, was much respected by all who knew her. Of a quiet disposition she was a conscientious and sympathetic nurse and endeared herself to all homes she visited. She was a regular attender of Girthon Parish Church and Woman's Guild.


Hunter, Miss Nan : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1942 September 23rd

Gatehouse War Worker's death.     The funeral of Miss Nan Hunter, younger daughter of the late Mr James Hunter, joiner, and of Mrs Hunter, Drumaber, Gatehouse, took place at Gatehouse on Saturday. Miss Hunter was 33 years of age, and was on war work near Watford. She was accidently killed by a motor lorry when cycling through Watford. Before going on war work Miss Hunter was a governess, and was held in the highest esteem by the families with whom she had been employed. She was of a quiet disposition, and a general favourite in her native place.

A funeral service was held in Girthon Parish Church, and afterwards a private funeral at Anwoth Cemetery. The Rev. George Tuton of Tongland officiated. There were many beautiful floral tributes. The community extend their sympathy to Mrs Hunter and family.


Hyslop , Mr Wm. :  Galloway News 1923 March 23rd

Stewartry Native Dies in America.     An American newspaper to hand contains an announcement of the death of Mr William Hyslop, uncle to Mr D. J. Hyslop, Castle Douglas, a native of Gatehouse, where he was born in 1848.

'Mr Hyslop emigrated at the age of 17, and engaged in the smallware business with his brother David, in Ancaster, for seven years. He then formed a partnership with John Russell, in the wholesale smallware business, and operated in Brantford  for two years, before moving to Hamilton, when the late ex-Mayor McLelland became a partner, and as Hyslop, McLelland & Russell, the firm was known from coast to coast as manufacturers of overalls and shirts. After many years of success in Hamilton, Mr Hyslop moved his manufacturing plant to Toronto, as Hyslop, Spera & Cornell, and the smallwares branch was continued here by the late Mr Robert Hyslop. In Toronto, the late Mr Hyslop founded one of Canada's largest and best known wholesale and manufacturing men's furnishing concerns, now carried on by his former partner Mr Caulfield. During his business career, the late Mr Hyslop crossed the Atlantic 60 times, and then took up residence at Raven's Hall, the beautiful country residence of Colonel Rainsford Hannay, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Scotland. It was there that he became intimately connected with Sir James McKechnie, of Vickers Limited, and was instrumental in bringing the steamer Turbinia to Hamilton, and forming the Turbina Steamship Co., of this city.

In 1914 the deceased returned to Toronto, and resided there during the summer months and at Los Angeles for the winter months. In 1868, Mr Hyslop married Mary Ann Crosthwaite, of Hamilton Beach, who predeceased him in 1918. During his residence in Hamilton he attended St. John's Presbyterian Church, and was an active Mason, being one of the oldest members of the St.John's Lodge. In November last year Mr Hyslop married in Los Angeles, and is survived by his widow, his brother David of Greensville, and two grandchildren.'

[1851 Girthon Census, in High Street: William Hyslop aged 3, born Girthon with his parents John,  a grocer, and Isabella Hyslop with 3 siblings including David aged 14.]


Johnstone, Mrs James : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1945 March 24th

Former Gatehouse Teacher's Death

Mrs James Johnstone, wife of Mr James Johnstone, shoemaker, Gatehouse, passed away at a hospital last week after a short illness. Before her marriage, as Miss Roddan, she was an infant mistress at Fleetside School, Gatehouse, and went back there during the last war. She was much thought of as a teacher and highly respected by the community. She took a keen interest in all social work in the district, and was an enthusiastic member of the Golf Club, to which she gave much valuable service. She was also an ardent supporter of Anwoth Church Woman's Guild.


Kirkpatrick, James : Wigtownshire Free Press 1846 September ??

 Died 2/9/1846 - At Gatehouse, on the 2d curt., after a brief illness James Kirkpatrick, Esq., sn., elder of the church, as his father had been before him, a County Magistrate, and more than once Provost of his native burgh. For many years he carried on business extensively as a general merchant, was a shrewd observer of men and things, and possessed a wonderful acute knowledge of markets and prices, including a wide range of the most varied commodities. For a longer period than we exactly know, he exported goods largely to Australia, visited the South as a purchaser periodically, not merely himself, but on account of others and in that capacity, made the acquaintance, and acquired the friendship of the leading commercial characters in the principal manufacturing towns of England. The bereavement thus noticed will create a blank, not only on the banks of the Fleet, but over broad Galloway; and there are many beside his family and relatives, who will regret the early removal of one whose untiring exertions land marked, commercially, the beautiful locality in which he drew the first breath of life and expired the last.


Kirkpatrick, James : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1846 September 9th

At Gatehouse on the 2nd inst., James Kirkpatrick, Esq., J.P., aged 61. He was long distinguished as one of the most enterprising merchants in Gatehouse and his general good qualities endeared him to a large concourse of friends. The remains of the deceased were, on Monday last, interred in Girthon church-yard, and were followed to the burying ground by all the clergymen and most of the farmers and tradesmen in the district.


Lamont, Mr Peter : Galloway News 1923 May 18th

Mr Peter Lamont, a native of the parish of Anwoth, passed away at his home at Boatgreen, Gatehouse,  last week, at the age of 86. He was for many years beadle and gravedigger at Anwoth, but retired from that office about 20 years ago. The funeral, which took place at Anwoth on Thursday, was largely attended.


Macfarlane, Col. : Galloway News 1944 September 16th

Officers of the Home Guard acted as pall-bearers at the funeral of Col.Macfarlane, late 4th Hussars, Little Boreland, Gatehouse, which took place from Gatehouse Episcopal Church on Wednesday. The service was conducted by the Rev. J. Crombie Littlejohn, Kirkcudbright with Miss Eardley at the organ. The chief mourners were - Mrs Macfarlane (widow), Lt.-Commander Blackwell (stepson) and Mrs McLellan. Included in the congregation were many members of the Home Guard of which the deceased was an officer; General Sir Andrew and Lady McCulloch of Ardwall; Colonel and Mrs Rainsford Hannay of Cardoness; Colonel and Mrs Stobart of Knockbrex; Major Henryson-Caird of Cassencarrie;  Miss Moncrieff-Lunn, Miss Hotchkiss, Colonel Jameson, Mr Cliff-McCulloch of Kirkclaugh, Mr Sinclair, Mr Langlands, Mr Dalziel and Mr E. Russell.


Mason, Mrs Mary : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1917 August 25th

The death of two Gatehouse octogenarians.     The death occurred of two octogenarians both belonging to the Gatehouse district and well known to the people of that neighbourhood. Mrs Jessie Campbell [see above] ...  The other lady was Mrs Mason, who died after a short illness at Skyreburn, near Gatehouse, last Saturday morning. Her husband, Mr David Mason, who pre-deceased her many years ago, died in America. For many years Mrs Mason acted as postmistress at Skyreburn, and when acting in that capacity was known to everyone in the glen for her obliging disposition and attention. She was 85 years of age, and was interred in Anwoth Churchyard on Monday afternoon. [1891 Anwoth census at Post Office (Skyreburn), Mary Mason, widow aged 58, crofter, born Keir, Dumfries-shire. In 1901 Anwoth census, Skyreburn, Damhead, Mary Mason, widow aged 68, cow keeper, born Keir, Dumfriesshire]


Maxwell, Mrs : Galloway News 1923 March 16th     formerly of Castramont.  

We regret to chronicle the death of Mrs Maxwell, which occurred at her residence in Edinburgh last Friday. The deceased lady was for over forty years tenant of Castramont House near Gatehouse and was well known and held in the highest esteem and respect. She was the widow of Major David Maxwell of the 15th King's Hussars, who was the elder son of the late Sir Wm. Maxwell, Baronet of Cardoness and elder brother of the present Baronet, Sir Wm. Francis Maxwell. Before her marriage she was Margaret-Louisa, second daughter of the late Mr John F. La Trobe-Bateman, A.R.S., civil engineer, London and Moor Park, Surrey, and was married to Major Maxwell in 1874, who died at Folkestone, in 1876 when on his way to rejoin his regiment in India.

Amongst the public institutions and societies with which Mrs Maxwell was connected may be mentioned the following: She erected and maintained the Anwoth Cottage Hospital which was dedicated by her ''to the Glory of God and the memory of her husband'', and many who have been nursed in sickness back to health and strength will remember with gratitude the lady who, out of the goodness of her heart, provided this haven of rest and healing. It will be recalled in this connection that in 1907 she was presented with handsome gifts as a token of the community's indebtedness and appreciation. Mrs Maxwell was also deeply interested in the Scottish Girl's Friendly Society, the Young Woman's Christian Association, the Band of Hope, and occupied important offices in these beneficent societies. Church work claimed a large share of her attention, and for many years she conducted a successful Sunday School at Castramont for the convenience of children residing in the upper parts of the parishes of Girthon and Anwoth. Her kindly deeds and benevolent actions will not soon fade from the memory.

Her remains were removed to Cardoness on Monday from Edinburgh, and the funeral took place on Tuesday to Anwoth Churchyard, when all that was mortal of the deceased was laid to rest in the tomb of the Maxwells of Cardoness. There was a large and representative attendance, and the services at the house and mausoleum were conducted by the Rev. F.R.T. Lornie, Anwoth. The chief mourners were Mr La Trobe-Bateman, Admiral Leatham, Miss Leatham, Miss Maxwell, Mrs Stewart, Mr Macrae, Mr Blair, Rev. and Mrs Flint, Earl of Cassillis, and Miss Stewart. There were many beautiful floral tributes.

At the close of his service on Sunday, the Rev. Mr Lornie, Anwoth Church made the following reference  - I refer to Mrs David Maxwell, late of Castramont, a gentle earnest lady. She was devoted to all that was good and pure. No one could meet her and fail to be impressed by her high ideals and sincerity. Unfortunately owing to failing health for some years her home had been in Edinburgh and we have missed her gracious presence in our midst. At intervals we have seen her on occasions of her visits to Cardoness, and with sorrow we noted her increasing frailty.


Maxwell,  Miss Alice M. :  Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser 1915, February 19th

The late Miss Alice Maud Maxwell, sister of Sir William F. Maxwell, Bart., of Cardoness, who died at Edinburgh on the 5th inst., was a lady who devoted a great part of her life to good works in the city of Edinburgh, under the auspices of the Church of Scotland. In 1889 she was one of the first ladies of the Church to be appointed a deaconess. In November 1888, she had been invited to become the first superintendent of the Deaconess Home established in Edinburgh, to receive for a limited period such women as desired to give themselves to mission work, whether in Scotland or abroad; and she consented to accept the office on condition that she should first be allowed to study for six months the working of such institutions in the great London Homes. She was installed in office on 1st May 1889, and largely through her influence and work, the Home became the centre of a series of important missionary organisations and activities. For 23 years Miss Maxwell continued her activity in the deaconess cause, ill-health obliging her to resign the superintendent's position in 1911. Her funeral, at the Dean cemetery, was accompanied by thirty deaconesses.


McClean, Carberry : Glasgow Herald 1821 January 1st

Accident.     On Thursday the 14th inst., as Carberry McClean, one of the gamekeepers to Mr Murray of Broughton, was traversing part of that gentleman's lands in the parish of Girthon, he incautiously put a loaded pistol into one of his pockets, which accidently went off, and lodged the contents (grapeshot) in his thigh; and, notwithstanding every possible medical aid, caused his death the Tuesday following. [Date of death must be 14th December 1820]


McClellan, Mr John: Dumfries & Galloway Standard & Adveriser 1915 September 22nd

General regret is felt in Gatehouse, and will be in many parts near and far, at the death of Mr John McClellan, game dealer, High Street, who passed away on Saturday morning after a few days' illness which developed into pneumonia. Mr McClellan, who was 54 years of age, was a native of Anwoth, in which parish he was much interested. He was a useful member of Anwoth Parish Church, in which he was an elder for twenty years, and he very frequently conducted the praise in the absence of the official precentor. Mr McClellan has held the appointment of inspector of the poor for the parish for over twenty years, the duties connected therewith being carried out with sympathy and tact. He was also clerk to the Anwoth Parish Council, and in his sudden removal the Council has lost a faithful official. Mr McClellan was a member of the St Stephen's Lodge of Freemasons, and on the formation of a platoon in Gatehouse of the Volunteer Training Corps he became an attentive and interested member. Mr McClellan for many years acted as the attendant to anglers at Loch Whinyeon, and being a man of intelligence, with a keen and pawky humour, a reliable friendship was formed with men of ''the gentle art,'' which had many happy renewals as the seasons came round. A day spent at the loch with Mr McClellan was always enjoyable, whether the basket was big or small. He is survived by his wife, with whom much sympathy is expressed. ......

The funeral took place yesterday to Anwoth Old Churchyard, and was largely attended. The general public met in the Gatehouse United Free Church, and the members of the Volunteer Training Corps assembled in the Town Hall. They thereafter united, and after the funeral service the company proceeded to Anwoth, where the interment took place.


McCoskrie, Miss Isabella  :  Galloway News 1923 March 2nd.     One of Anwoth's oldest natives.

On Thursday last there passed away at the residence of her niece, Grimshaw Terrace, Creetown, where she had been staying for only a few weeks, Isabella McCoskrie of Mossyard and Skyreburn, Bella, as she was familiarly called, was born at Mossyard Cottage, where her father was shepherd to the late Hunters of Mossyard, on 1st April 1842, so that she had just almost completed her 81st year. On her father's death, one of her brothers, Willie, took up the duties, and Bella acted as his housekeeper till his death some fourteen years ago.

Sixty-five years of her life she lived in the house in which she was born, and it was a sore wrench when the death of Willie forced her to seek new quarters. These she found at Skyreburn and there she lived until a few weeks ago, when kind friends took her in, in order to be better able to look after her comforts.

Bella was one of the old independent Scottish sort who considered it a demeaning of her dignity to accept help from any outside quarters. By hard work and constant thrift, she had managed to lay by a little for the rainy days to come, when her physical forces prevented her from earning any more. Many a time she was asked to accept some small help from some of the parish associations, but her characteristic answer was always the same, ''Na, na, I'll tak' yer help when I need it, no till then.'' The writer is happy to say that that time never came, and she passed away with a clean sheet, and in debt to no one.

Bella was a striking example of the benefits enjoyed by those who lead a simple life. Up till last year she was able to dig, plant and cultivate her own garden, which, with her little cottage beside it was always a model of neatness, and she took great pride in always having new potatoes among the first in the parish. She was a great walker and thought nothing of setting off to Creetown, nine miles away, and returning on the same day, having a cup of tea and doing another walk round the shore before retiring to rest. Many will miss her in the district, as she was on the best of terms with all, from the school children who in passing her door were always greeted with a kindly word (though they sometimes stole her apples), to the lord of the manor, who never passed her without a salutation. No one who knew her has any doubt that now she has entered on her reward.


McInally, James : Dumfries & Galloway Standard & Adveriser 1944 August 16th

Nonagenarian's death.     The death has occurred at Glassoch, Newton Stewart, of a well known Galloway man., Mr James McInally, aged 95. Born at Cardoness, Gatehouse of Fleet, he went to live in Wigtownshire when about twenty years of age, and had served as farm grieve at Eggerness, Galloway House, Garlieston, and Barskaith, Newton Stewart. He was for many years a prominent competitor at sheep dog trials in the district.


McMath, Mrs : Galloway News 1944 December 23rd

Mrs McMath, Cardoness, Gatehouse passed away very suddenly on Saturday afternoon. She kept house to her brother and had gone to Anwoth Cemetery to place wreaths on the graves of his wife and son. Her duty performed, she had just left the Cemetery when she collapsed on the roadside. Mr John McCormack found her there and ran to a nearby cottage for help, but when they returned life was extinct. The funeral took place to Kells on Tuesday.


Murray, Mr James of Troquhain : Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser 1915 January 1st.

It was with great surprise and grief that the people of New Galloway and district learned on Saturday morning that Mr Murray had passed away suddenly the previous night...

Mr Murray was born in November 1850 at the Manse of Girthon, and was the second son of the late Rev. George Murray of Troquhain, minister of Balmaclellan. After leaving the parish school, he went to the Ewart High School, Newton Stewart. From there he proceeded to the Manchester and Salford Bank. In a testimonial from the bank he was described as ''a young man much to be loved and entirely to be trusted.'' He had an excellent business ability, combined with great prudence and discretion, and rapidly rose to the position of manager in the bank. After a service of nearly forty years, his health unfortunately broke down, and he retired to Meadowbank, New Galloway. The bank, in recognition of the valuable services he had rendered them, granted him a handsome retirement allowance....

He dearly loved the district and especially Balmaclellan where he spent his boyhood ... he was a generous and model landlord and his private benefactions were liberal and unostentatious....

In private life he was most genial and hospitable with a strong spice of the family gift of humour. ... Though to outward appearance he was most feeble, and had to be wheeled constantly in a chair, his spirit was unabated to the last, and was even recently discussing the possibility of taking a trip up the Nile....

Mr Murray's wife predeceased him about two years ago. As he leaves no family, he is succeeded in the estate by his next brother Rev. George Murray B.D., minister of Sauchie, Clackmannanshire.

The funeral took place At Balmaclellan Churchyard last Wednesday and was largely attended.... Among the pall bearers were Rev. George Murray, Mr Adam Murray, Dr Robert Murray (brothers); Rev J.E. Gillespie (brother in law); Dr Hope M. Gillespie and Mr Murray (nephews). (His eldest brother John, who was a doctor ,was lost at sea with the 'Vicksburg' on June 1st 1875)

[ 1851 Girthon Census at Girthon Manse James Murray was 4months old, born Girthon with parents Rev. George and Elizabeth Murray and 3 older siblings]


Palmer, James : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1940 December 7th

We regret to record the death of Mr James Palmer, Alderlea, Gatehouse, which took place at Dumfries on Tuesday. Over two years ago he underwent a serious operation, from which he really never recovered, and was removed to Dumfries again a few months ago. Mr Palmer was one of the best known and most highly respected townsmen of Gatehouse. When a young man he served his apprenticeship as a draper with the late Mr James Campbell, Gatehouse, and, together with the late Mr Robert Jardine, he took over the business, which under the name of Jardine & Palmer was a flourishing concern for many years, and from which Mr Palmer retired in bad health over twenty-five years ago. While in business Mr Palmer was a familiar figure as a traveller throughout the Stewartry. In his younger days gardening was his great hobby, and he was a very successful exhibitor at Gatehouse horticultural show, of which he was one of the founders and an ardent committee member until three years ago. In later years he took up motoring, and his favourite run was round the ''Shire,'' of which he knew almost every neuk and corner. He was local correspondent for the ''Galloway News'' for over forty years, and many very interesting articles appeared from his pen. He was an elder and ardent supporter of Girthon Parish Church, to which he acted as treasurer for some years. He was also a teacher in Girthon Sunday School for almost fifty years. Mr Palmer was a fluent speaker, and took part in many debates in the Mutual Improvement Association, where he delivered many interesting lectures. Mr and Mrs Palmer celebrated their golden wedding some years ago, and their devotion to each other through life was an example to all. Much sympathy is extended to Mrs Palmer in her loss.


Patterson, Mr Edward : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1941 January 18th

Mr Edward Patterson, Victoria Street, Gatehouse, died at Dumfries Infirmary, following an operation, and the news of his death came as a shock to the Gatehouse district, as he had been going about his duties less than a week before. For some years he was chauffeur to Lady Ardwall, and latterly was employed by Messrs Wordie & Co., and was carrier to the railway station, besides hauling milk from several farms. He was a very quiet and obliging young man, and a general favourite. He was an enthusiastic member of the Home Guard.


Patterson, Mr Robert : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1945 April 18th

Mr Robert Patterson, Catherine Street, Gatehouse, died at his home on Thursday after a brief illness at the age of 79. As a young man he worked for Mr James McKeand, joiner, and then for many years was a joiner on Cally Estate, and for some time before he retired he was in charge of the electric plant at Cally House. Always of a jovial nature and good singer, he was ever welcome at social functions. At one time he played double bass in the local dance band. He was an enthusiastic bee-keeper, and was always ready to help a neighbour with his bees. He was a member of Lodge St. Stephen No. 164, and had held office on several occasions. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon when he was laid to rest with full Masonic honours. The funeral service was held in Girthon Parish Church, where there was a large congregation of brethren and friends. The service was conducted by Bro. The Rev, Andrew J. Easton.


Payne, Mr E. A.:  Galloway News 1932 April 9th

It is with regret we announce the death of  Mr Albert Payne, proprietor of the Murray Arms Hotel, Gatehouse, which took place on Tuesday last, after a long and serious illness. The deceased was well known throughout the district, and was held in the highest respect by the community. He was 67 years of age and was a native of Arlesy, Bedfordshire.

Mr Payne, succeeded the late Mr George McMichael in the tenancy of the Murray Arms Hotel and in later years became the proprietor. During their 23 years conduct of the business Mr and Mrs Payne built up a wide connection and the hotel is held in high repute.

Mr Payne was of an unassuming character, with a kindly and genial disposition, and took a keen interest in all that pertained to the welfare of the town of his adoption; everything for its benefit receiving his generous and cordial support. He was a member of the Masonic Order, while for some years he has rendered good service as a town councillor. It may be truly said of him that he was a staunch friend, and a man of goodwill, with deep religious instincts, and was well versed in the scriptures. He was a member of Girthon Church and was a regular attender of the services there. The singing of hymns and paraphrases made a special appeal to him. Horticulture was his special hobby and he took a great delight in attending his extensive and beautiful garden. His familiar figure and personality will be greatly missed by his wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

The funeral took place on Thursday to Girthon Cemetery and the esteem and regard in which he was held was endorsed by the large company of mourners present to pay their last tribute of respect. The services at the hotel and cemetery were most impressive and were conducted by the Reverend J. Stewart MA of Girthon.

Mr Payne is survived by his widow and son. There were many beautiful floral tributes from relatives and friends, including one from the staff of the hotel.


Payne, Lieutenant J.R.S. : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1918 August 28th

Lieutenant James R. S. Payne, Tank Corps, late Seaforth Highlanders, was killed in action on 8th August. He attained his rank of Lieutenant in the Tank Corps on 1st January, 1917. Lieutenant Payne was the eldest son of the late Mr Arthur L. Payne of Staffield Hall, Kirkoswald, Cumberland, and a former tenant of the Cally mansion and shootings, Gatehouse of Fleet.


Petrie, Mrs Elizabeth : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1916 December 20th

Gatehouse Octogenarian.     By the death of Elizabeth Petrie at the age of 81, Gatehouse lost one of its oldest and most highly respected residenters. Mrs Petrie was a native of the burgh, being the daughter of the late Mr James McTaggart, who was for many years Provost of Gatehouse. She was a capable business woman, and along with her husband Mr Andrew Petrie, carried on the business of baker and confectioner for over thirty years, actively participating in it till within a week of her death. Mrs Petrie possessed a retentive memory, and she had vivid recollections of the events of the Disruption, the building of the United Free Church, and the old coaching days. She is survived by one son, Mr Samuel Petrie, who carries on the business.


Petrie, Mr Sam : Galloway News 1944 March 18th

Mr Sam Petrie, retired baker, passed away at his home in High Street, last week at the age of 67. He succeeded his father in the business, and retired a few years ago. Mr Petrie was a respected townsman and although he never took an active part in the affairs of the town, he always took a keen interest in all that was done. Fond of sport and a great football fan, in his younger days he played for the local team and later took up golf and bowling. He was a devoted member of Girthon Parish Church. Mrs Petrie predeceased him a few years ago and he is survived by a married daughter.


Simpson, Margaret : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1941 June 28th

Anwoth Drowning Fatality.     The body of sixteen years old Margaret Simpson, daughter of Mr Hugh Richardson Simpson, farmer Drummuckloch Farm, Anwoth, was recovered from a loch in near proximity to the farm on Monday afternoon.

At about eight o'clock in the morning, William Graham, a gamekeeper, Rowantree Cottage, Skyreburn, was passing along about 100 yards from the loch when he heard a loud splash in the water, and got a fleeting glimpse of a body as it submerged in the water, but could not identify whether or not it was an animal or a human body.

At the same time it was found that Margaret was missing from the farm steading, where she had been employed that morning, and when four hours afterwards, she had not appeared. Graham informed the police as to what he had witnessed when passing the loch. Dragging operations were commenced, and in a short time the body was recovered from about eight feet of water.

Deceased was educated in England where her father farmed in the county of Sussex, and came with her parents to Drumuckloch in May last year. About two months ago she had been standing on a wall in the steading, when she fell and sustained a severe knock on the back of the head. For some time afterwards she complained of suffering from headaches and mentally was quite different from what she was prior to her accident.


Sproat, Margaret : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1846 February 11th

At Rainton, near Gatehouse, on the 3rd curt., after a long illness, sustained throughout by Christian meekness and unrepining resignation, Miss Margaret Sproat, aged 32, youngest daughter of the late Mr Hugh Sproat, whose early removal is sincerely deplored by her relatives, and by a wide circle of friends.


Stewart, Mr Philip A. E. :  Galloway News 1923 January 26th

The death occurred, under tragic circumstances on 15th January at Trinidad  of Mr Philip Charteris Anstruther Stewart, the younger and only surviving son of the late Colonel Charles Edward Stewart C.B., C.M.G., C.I.E. and of  Mrs Stewart of Ornockenoch, Gatehouse and 51 Redcliffe Square, London S.W., daughter of the late Mr Philip Anstruther, Colonial Secretary for Ceylon, and cousin of Sir Windham Carmichael Anstruther, Baronet, and of Lord Seaforth.  Mr Stewart, who was the victim of a drowning tragedy while bathing at Balangra Bay, Trinidad, who was in his forty eight year. He was a well known geologist and petroleum technologist, and was connected for nearly twenty years with Viscount Cowdray's firm Messrs S. Pearson & Son (Limited) and had been closely associated with them in their many important oil enterprises. Prior to joining Messrs. Pearson, he was on the staff of the Egyptian Government Geological Survey and had travelled extensively in the course of his work. He was a member of many learned societies, including the Royal College of Science and Geological Society, the Institution of Petroleum Technologists, and the American Institute of Petroleum Geologists.

By Mr Stewart's death at such a comparatively early age, a career of distinction has been cut short, and his passing will be keenly felt, not only by his friends but by all connected with the British petroleum industry.


Stewart, Mrs :  Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser 1915, April 2nd.     Girthon Manse

When it became known in Girthon parish and district that Mrs Stewart had passed away, quite a gloom was cast over the community.  The deceased lady was well-known, was highly esteemed and was a great favourite in the homes of the people. She was of a sympathetic nature, and entered fully into the joys and sorrows of the parishioners. To every needful cause she was ready to lend a helping hand. In Church work she took a most prominent part, and in the cause of missions, the poor of the parish, the Mother's Union, and the Young Women's Christian Association, she took deep interest, and her addresses to these associations were always of an inspiring nature and were deeply appreciated. Her kindly presence will be much missed, and the parishioners mourn a true, faithful and loyal friend. The deepest sympathy of the community is felt for Mr Stewart and his little girl in their sorrow.

[1911 Girthon Census at Girthon Manse: John Stewart, minister with wife Jessie (aged 42 born Slateford, Edinburgh) and daughter Mary M Stewart aged 8, born Girthon]


Tait, Mrs :  Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser 1915, April 2nd

There passed away on Friday at her home in High Street, Gatehouse, Mrs Tait, widow of Mr Thomas Tait,  painter and decorator, in her 97th year. She was a native of the place, and at the date of her death was the oldest inhabitant of the burgh. Until two years ago she enjoyed the best of  health, and was well known in the district, in which she had a large circle of friends. She was of a bright and cheery disposition, and, having a retentive memory, could recall many interesting events connected with the burgh. Her death came as a surprise to many, as she had only been off her usual state of health for a few days, and there were many expressions of regret when it became known that she had passed away, thus severing another link with the past and leaving only a few in the two parishes who are over ninety years of age. Mrs Tait is survived by two sons and two daughters. She was laid to rest in Anwoth Churchyard on Monday, her remains were followed to the grave by two sons, eight grandsons and one great grandson. There was a good attendance of the general public. The number of the deceased's grandchildren is 30, and of great grandchildren 21, all of whom survive. It is interesting to mention that her father, the late Mr John Stewart, was builder of the first Rutherford Monument on Anwoth Hill, which was destroyed by lightening in 1847, and he also built the martyr's monument at Auchencloy.

[Isabella Stewart born 12/07/1818 in Anwoth.  Father John Stewart, architect & builder. Mother Agnes Robison. Isabella married Thomas Birtwhistle Tait c.183?]


Torrance, Mrs : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1945 October 13th

Mrs Torrance, Fleet Street, Gatehouse, the oldest inhabitant of the place, was laid to rest in Anwoth Churchyard on Saturday. Mrs Torrance, who was 94 years of age, was a daughter of the late Mr W. J. Stark, a former headmaster of Skyreburn and Anwoth Schools, and was the widow of the late Mr Robert Torrance, plasterer, Stranraer. Mrs Torrance had a cheery disposition and was able to go about her daily duties up to a few days of her death. She is survived by her sister, Miss Stark, and a brother, Mr David Stark, chemist, Darvel. [Frances Stark, wife of Robert Torrance, died 3rd October 1945. Buried at Anwoth Kirkyard]



Veitch, David Y. : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1943 January 2nd

Mr D, Y, Veitch, Gatehouse.     We regret to record the death of Mr D. Y. Veitch, Portville, Gatehouse, which took place at the residence of his daughter, Mrs T. H. Johnstone, Dunlonkin, Dunoon, on Friday last.

Mr Veitch was a prominent figure in Gatehouse district for a long period. Over 63 years ago he and his brother John Veitch, took the farm of Low Creoch, where he remained until his retiral in 1918.

Mr Veitch always took a very active part in the affairs pertaining to the welfare of the community, and was a highly esteemed citizen. He was secretary of the Gatehouse and District Horse-Breeding Society. He was an enthusiastic member of Girthon Curling club, a tarmacadam rink being made while he was secretary. He was president for a term, and while acting as skip, won many trophies. He was a fluent speaker, and took an active interest in the Gatehouse Mutual Improvement Association, of which he was one of the original members. He was a member of Girthon Parish Council and Girthon School Board. Mr Veitch was also an enthusiastic Freemason, had occupied the chair on several occasions, and was a member of the Provincial Lodge. A devoted member of Girthon Parish Church, he was at the time of his death, father of the session, having been ordained an elder in 1896.

At the close of the morning service at Girthon Church on Sunday the Rev, Robert Hamilton made a sympathetic reference to his passing. He is survived by Mr George Veitch, Edinburgh; Mr T. Veitch, Low Creoch; and Mr A. Veitch, Lanark, sons; and Mrs T. H. Johnstone, daughter.

The funeral took place at Girthon on Tuesday. The service in the church was conducted by the Rev. Robert Hamilton. He was laid to rest with Masonic honours, the service at the grave being conducted by the Rev. Russell Mitchell.



Walker, James : Dumfries & Galloway Standard 1917 March 21st

The late Mr Walker, Gatehouse.     Last Friday afternoon there were interred in Girthon cemetery the remains of the late Mr James R. K. Walker, builder, Gatehouse. He was a native of the burgh, and through his wide range of employment was a familiar figure in the district. He had worked to Messrs Hume, Mr Hornsby, and Messrs McGaw in his time, and was recognised as a good tradesman. In his younger days he was an enthusiastic member of the Gatehouse brass band, now unfortunately defunct. He was also a member of the Artillery Volunteers, and a keen curler. Perhaps, however, his greatest hobby was gardening, in which he became an expert. As a member of Girthon and Anwoth Horticultural Society, he took an active part in the management. and at the annual show he was always a large and successful exhibitor. He had a fund of old tales, which he related in a pawky manner. He was a member of the Gatehouse United Free Church, and a strong Liberal in politics. He leaves a widow and a son to mourn his loss. His age was 68.


Wyse, Angus : Dumfries Standard 1954, March 13th

Mr Wise, retired motor engineer, who resided with his son in law Mr A. Hunter, joiner, Gatehouse, died suddenly on Saturday. He was working in the greenhouse when he complained of feeling unwell, and passed away almost immediately. Mr Wise went to reside in Gatehouse after the war. He was always ready to lend a hand, especially with motor cars, and, well into his ''seventies'', he was never happy unless he was doing something. He was a great reader and conversationalist. At the morning service in Girthon Parish Church on Sunday, Rev. Mr Montgomery paid a tribute to him as a regular worshipper. The funeral took place on Tuesday to Paisley.  Name should be spelt Wyse. Angus Wyse was the father of Arthur Hunter's wife Nancy.