Dumfries & Galloway Records Achieved
Records achieved in Dumfries and Galloway include:
- Shortest street in Scotland Chapel Street Moffat.
- Narrowest Street in Scotland, Syme Street Moffat.
- World's most highly valued ram, sold at Newton Stewart.
- Britain's narrowest hotel, The Star Hotel, Moffat.
- Britain's highest Post Office, Wanlockhead.
- Stranraer FC was the last senior football club in Britain to have floodlights installed!
- World record sale of a Galloway bull for 22,000 gns, sold in Castle Douglas, February 1989.
- Devorgilia Bridge, Dumfries, dating from the C15th, is the oldest surviving multiple-arched bridge in Scotland.
- Duchess Bridge (C18th), at Mouswald Grange, is the tallest in Scotland at 13,3m.
- Orchardton Tower is the only cylindrical tower house in Scotland (C15th).
- The earliest Christian monument in Scotland is the latinus stone (mid C5th) at Whithorn.
- The largest diameter stone circle on the Scottish mainland with 11 stones is the, “Twelve Apoltles Stone Circle”, 2000 BC, near Dumfries.
- Langholm boasts the oldest brass band in Scotland.
- The Motte of Urr (C12th), near Dalbeattie, is the largest and best preserved Norman motte and bailey earthworks in Britain.
- Dumfries and Galloway was the location of the last witchcraft trial in Scotland. Elsbeth Rule was branded and banished in 1701.
- Britain's oldest Douglas Fir (132 ft) and Britain's largest sycamore are both found at Drumlanrig.
- The last man and woman to be publicly executed in Scotland were Robert Smith in 1868 and Mary Timney in 1862, both at Dumfries.
- The Theatre Royal, Dumfries, is Scotland's oldest working theatre, dating from 1792.