Caerlaverock  Dumfries Shire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Caerlaverock like this:

Caerlaverock, coast par., S. Dumfries-shire, on river Lochar, 4 miles W. of Ruthwell sta. and 5½ miles SE. of Dumfries, 5664 ac., pop. 1051; 8 miles SE. of Dumfries, on N. shore of the Solway Firth, betwixt the confluence of the Nith and the Lochar, is the imposing ruin of Caerlaverock Castle, long the chief seat of the Maxwells, Earls of Nithsdale, and still the property of Lord Herries, the representative of that ancient family, -- besieged by Edward I., 1300; ruined by the Earl of Sussex, 1570; and again by the Covenanters, 1640. ...

In the old churchyard is a monument "to Robert Paterson, the Old Mortality of Sir Walter Scott, who was buried here Feby. 1801..

Caerlaverock through time

Caerlaverock is now part of Dumfries and Galloway district. Click here for graphs and data of how Dumfries and Galloway has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Caerlaverock itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Caerlaverock, in Dumfries and Galloway and Dumfries Shire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 20th January 2022

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