County Hotel

Although the interior of the former County Hotel was demolished, the eighteenth century facade is preserved and stands across the High Street from The Stove. Its forerunner the Commercial Hotel is famous for hosting Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745, but in the 1940s the County Hotel became a popular haunt of Norwegians in Dumfries. The owner and manager during that time, Dan McLachlan, left the hotel to his wife, who then married Norwegian officer Major Olaus Myrseth.[1] The Major was a founding member of the Scottish Norwegian Society who lived in Moniaive after the war, but had been billeted at the Station Hotel.[2]

[1] Greystone Rovers, ‘History’ in Golden Jubilee programme (1988), p.8

[2] James McKenna, ‘History of the Scottish Norwegian Society’ (2002), p.2

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