Goldielea House

Goldielea House is an eighteenth century mansion near Dumfries, originally belonging to the Goldie family. It was briefly owned by Walter Riddell, whose family of Friars Carse were famously friends of Robert Burns.[1] During the second world war it became one of the main bases for the Norwegian Army and was used as quarters for many soldiers.[2] Goldielea still stands beneath its dramatic 1859 viaduct, and after the war became a hotel, but has long served as a nursing home. The house reportedly had an unusually impressive library, although this has been removed along with much of the interior.[3]

[1] FutureMuseum, ‘Goldielea, Dumfries’ [accessed 23.3.2017]

[2] Isabelle C. Gow, Nithsdale at War (Catrine: Stenlake, 2011), p.63

[3] Interview with Our Norwegian Story researcher

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