Maxwelton House

Until 1966 Maxwelton House was still in the possession of the Laurie family who had it built in the seventeenth century.[1] From January 1941 it was given over to the Norwegian Army’s field battery, under the command of Major Ringdal. The soldiers apparently developed a warm relationship with Mrs Laurie, wife of the owner General Laurie, then a colonel. She visited them several times and even wrote a “pleasant and humorous farewell letter” when they relocated to Inch, according to Captain Ingvald Marm.[2] Later in the war the Norwegian nursing service was based here.[3]

[1] Canmore website, Maxwelton House page [accessed 19.4.2017] <>

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

[3] Iasabelle C. Gow, Old Moniaive, Dunscore and the Cairn Valley (Catrine: Stenlake, 2013), p.30

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