Craigdarroch House

Craigdarroch became one of the main bases for the Norwegian Army, with 150 men of the new Norwegian Bridgade’s No 1 company arriving in autumn of 1940 – being in an isolated sheep farming area made it ideal for military exercises.[1] Craigdarroch was apparently also allocated to a special unit for a short period, perhaps one of the Independent Companies, which later became Commandos.[2] The famous subject of a song, Annie Laurie was born at Maxwelton House and moved into Craigdarroch after marrying Alexander Ferguson in 1708.[3] The house was built by famous Scottish architect William Adam in 1729 and is open to the public for limited hours throughout July each year.[4]

[1] Isabelle C. Gow, Nithsdale at War (Catrine: Stenlake, 2011), p.69

[2] Kristian Jahr, ‘Dumfries and Norway’ (1962), p.3 – Courtesy of Dumfries Museum

[3] Isabelle C. Gow, Nithsdale at War (Catrine: Stenlake, 2011), p.70

[4] Historic Houses Association website, Craigdarroch page [accessed 21.4.2017]

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