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St John's Town of Dalry

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Looking south from St John's Town of Dalry
The fountain, Clachan Inn, the town hall and the A702/A713 junction in St John's Town of Dalry

St. John's Town of Dalry, usually referred to simply as Dalry, is a town in Dumfries and Galloway, in the historic county of Kirkcudbrightshire. It is located 16 miles (26 km) from Castle Douglas along the A713 road, and is at the southern terminus of the A702 road (to Edinburgh). It is located on an old pilgrimage route to Whithorn and St Ninian's Cave and named after the Knights of St John.[1] The town was the centre of the 1666 Pentland Rising [2] The village is sited on a bend of the Water of Ken,[3] about 3 miles (4.8 km) from the northern edge of Loch Ken.[4]

Parish Church (Church of Scotland ) of 1831 by William McCandlish approached via an avenue of lime trees. Detached, at side of the kirk is the Gordon Aisle of 1546, the burial place of the Gordons of Lochinvar.

St. Johns Town makes a good base for exploring the surrounding region, the Southern Upland Way, and the nearby Galloway Hills, including the peaks of Corserine and Cairnsmore of Carsphairn. St. Johns Town of Dalry was recently named 'Bird Town', to celebrate the work of renowned bird artist and writer Donald Watson who resided in the Dalry for many years.[5]

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Notable people from DalryEdit

  • John Johnston, a farmer born in nearby Knocknalling, is credited with introducing agricultural drainage to the United States.
  • Cathy Cassidy, b 1962 Coventry, England, teenage and children's author. Lived for several years near New Galloway where she started writing her novels . Now lives on the Wirral in on north west England.
  • Henry John Dobson ARCA, RSW (1858-1928) Genre painter. Lived and worked in Dalry in his studio. Father of David Cowan Dobson.
  • Cowan Dobson ARBA , RBA (1894-1980) artist and portrait painter.
  • Donald Watson, bird artist and writer, lived here for over 50 years.[6]
  • Hugh Foss, cryptographer and Scottish country dance deviser, lived here from his retirement in 1953 until his death in 1971.
  • Neil Gunn, novelist, lived here from the age of 12.[7]
  • Cedric Thorpe Davie, composer and teacher, being professor of music at St.Andrews University, bought Rose Cottage in 1959 initially for holidays (of which he spent as many as possible here with his family), and retired here in 1977. He died in Rose Cottage on 18 January 1983.[8]
  • Sir Alex Fergusson (1949-2018), Scottish Conservative Member of the Scottish Parliament and Presiding Officer (2007-2011), lived and farmed near Dalry.
  • George Thompson (1928-2016) politician, Catholic priest, teacher. MP for Galloway, SNP 1974-1979.

ClimateEdit

In common with the rest of the country, Dalry benefits from a climate classified as Oceanic (Köppen Cfb), encompassing cool summers and mild winters with year round rainfall. Temperature extremes at Glenlee, under 1 mile to the South West, have ranged from 31.0 °C (87.8 °F) during July 2005[9] to −18.3 °C (−0.9 °F) in both January 1940[10] and December 1995.[11]

Climate data for Glenlee 55m asl, 1971-2000, extremes 1960- (Weather station 1 mile (2 km) to the SW of Dalry)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.3
(55.9)
14.1
(57.4)
18.3
(64.9)
24.0
(75.2)
27.0
(80.6)
28.9
(84)
31.0
(87.8)
29.3
(84.7)
25.8
(78.4)
21.8
(71.2)
15.7
(60.3)
13.9
(57)
31.0
(87.8)
Average high °C (°F) 6.4
(43.5)
6.8
(44.2)
8.9
(48)
11.8
(53.2)
15.5
(59.9)
17.6
(63.7)
19.4
(66.9)
18.9
(66)
15.8
(60.4)
12.6
(54.7)
8.9
(48)
7.0
(44.6)
12.5
(54.4)
Average low °C (°F) -0.0
(32)
0.2
(32.4)
1.5
(34.7)
2.5
(36.5)
4.8
(40.6)
7.8
(46)
9.9
(49.8)
9.5
(49.1)
7.4
(45.3)
4.9
(40.8)
1.8
(35.2)
0.5
(32.9)
4.2
(39.6)
Record low °C (°F) −18.3
(−0.9)
−15.6
(3.9)
−13.9
(7)
−6.7
(19.9)
−5.3
(22.5)
−1.7
(28.9)
1.1
(34)
0.0
(32)
−3.6
(25.5)
−6.0
(21.2)
−11.3
(11.7)
−18.3
(−0.9)
−18.3
(−0.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 206.96
(8.148)
145.79
(5.7398)
144.68
(5.6961)
87.37
(3.4398)
80.86
(3.1835)
78.64
(3.0961)
81.66
(3.215)
104.24
(4.1039)
139.27
(5.4831)
183.65
(7.2303)
183.11
(7.2091)
207.33
(8.1626)
1,643.56
(64.7073)
Source: Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute/KNMI[12]

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