Kirkcudbright & the Dee

Kirkcudbright & the Dee


A record shot of my home town – pronounced ker-koo-bree, that was taken on a pleasant sunny day.

What I don’t understand about this photo is that the data attached to the file claims that it was taken in July, when clearly this is a winter or early spring shot, so perhaps the data indicates when the file was first modified, or maybe it’s a default setting?

This view is taken from the park on the side of Barrhill, looking west, with St Cuthbert Street going away from us on the left. The river Dee flows in from the north on the right, then briefly turns westwards past the harbour before turning south again. The masts of boats moored at the marina can be seen above the roof of the estate agents on the corner of St Mary Street. The Stell Woods occupy the far bank of the river.

The locality is known as the Stewartry and the economy is based on fishing, farming and forestry, as well as being a popular tourist and holiday area.

Kirkcudbright has had a long association with the Glasgow art movement, which started when a colony of artists, including the Glasgow Boys and the famed Scottish Colourists, such as Samuel Peploe and Francis Cadell, based themselves in the area over a 30-year period from 1880 to 1910.

Many of them moved to the town from Glasgow, including E A Hornel, George Henry, and Jessie M. King, and their presence led to Kirkcudbright becoming known as “the artists’ town”, and now many artists have found a home here.



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