- Featuring places connected with my own family history
- Highlighting places with happy memories
- Shining the spotlight on place names that appeal.
- Linking my interests in history, travel and photography.
A hill above the village afforded this wonderful view on a beautiful day over Loch Alsh and the Skye Bridge, built in 1995 to replace the ferry service to Skye.
Along with nearby Plockton , Kyle of Lochalsh became the backdrop to the BBC drama series "Hamish McBeth".
KIRKBEAN, a small village in south west Scotland on the Solway Firth. Among its most famous sons were John Paul Jones (born 1747), the founder of the United States Navy, and John Campbell (born 1720) who became a naval officer and colonial governor of Newfoundland, Canada. During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, it was the departure point for thousands of Scots emigrating to America and Australia.
Kirkbean was the location of one of my Foolish False Trails in family history. For many years when researching my husband's Donaldson family, I made serious wrong assumptions. I traced the family easily through census returns and old parish records to the marriage of Samuel Donaldson, merchant in South Leith, Midlothian in 1759. Then I reached the proverbial brick wall in trying to prove Samuel's parentage.
|The church at Kirkbean |
|A town house at Kirkcudbright.|
Kirkcudbright is on the estuary of the River Dee, which flows into Kirkcudbright Bay on the Solway Firth, The name Kirkcudbright means ‘Church of St Cuthbert’.
Kirkcudbright today is a picturesque place with a working harbour, castle , broad streets and elegant civic buildings and town houses. It is also know as "the artists' town", through its association with the Glasgow art movement; the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish colourists making a base