Follow the Sweetheart Trail
If you're out and about in Galloway this Easter, why not get on your bike and follow the Sweetheart Trail. Download the 'Get on your bike' free Pdf HERE to guide you.
A new book has come out offering a 'revelation' of a secret romance. To read this you need to go into the Context section. This is members only content so to access it you will have to use the current Raiders Password (which can be found in the current Members News)
The link is HERE
Once you've read it feel free to give us your feedback here.
There's been some back and forth on the Galloway Raiders Facebook page recently regarding the Raiders Bridge. 19th century postcards abound - here's one example. But where exactly is it? And is it really Crockett's 'Raider's Bridge'? Feel free to add your comments:
This is the picture by Copland in ‘Crockett and Grey Galloway’ which shows the bridge. The location of this bridge (I’ll confess I’ve not been there myself) is at the Hensol Estate:
The best information I have is as follows:
For those for whom maps mean anything here's a link: http://archive.is/D5OL
MOSSDALE 77/84 : NX 6570 (Philip’s D&G Street Atlas 104)
Airds of Kells (1743 or earlier): Two-storey farmhouse and pavilions.
Hensol Estate: Tudor Lodge (c.1825) and bridge possible by Lugar. The Lainshaw Sundial (C17) has numerous dials.
Hensol House (1822-4): Large Tudor villa mansion in grey granite by Robert Lugar. Four ogee-roofed square towers.
Site Name Hensol Bridge
Classification Road Bridge (Period Unassigned)
Alternative Name(s) Bridge Over Black Water Of Dee
Canmore ID 210410
Site Number NX67SE 53
NGR NX 66366 70081
Datum OSGB36 – NGR
(if that means anything to you, good luck!)
This is a photograph of Raiders Bridge from the Galloway Raiders Dr Donaldson archive, taken in the 1970s. The eagle eyed among you will realise that the bridge mentioned (and shown here) is much later than the action of The Raiders. There was an earlier bridge, so we can assume the ‘Brig o’ Dee’ and ‘Bridgehead’ mentioned in The Raiders is an older bridge, near this one, and there’s an amount of artistic/dramatic license employed both by Crockett and photographers who claim ‘The Raiders Bridge’ at Hensol. It was good for the tourists though!
I’m happy to enter into more in depth conversation about the Raiders Bridge. If you want to comment please do so.
INFORMATION SOUGHT ABOUT SAMUEL KISSOCK CROCKETT Born 03 April 1812
Father: Crockett, John
Mother: Simpson, Elizabeth
Birth Details: URR, a parish, in the stewartry of Kirkcudbright, 3½ miles (E. N. E.) from Castle-Douglas containing the villages of Dalbeattie, Hardgate, Haugh, and Springholm, and part of the village of Crocketford., 1812-04-03 in Urr, Kircudbrightshire, Scotland.
Baptism 1812-04-03 in , Urr, Kirkcudbright, Scotland.
Death 5 August 1884 in Tighes Hill, New South Wales, Australia.
Occupation Plasterer – possibly jobs included at home of his sister in law Elizabeth Strahan's parents- father Robert mother Elizabeth , 1841 in Gelston lodge Kelton parish.
Departure 1854 in Liverpool.
Residence Stated on Ellen's immigration papers, 1855 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
Married Ellen Herbert
Marriage 25 April 1847 in Wirral, Bebbington, Cheshire, England.
Samuel travelled to Australia without his family abt 1854 and arrived in Sydney on the ship Governor General from Melbourne 13/12/1854.
Ellen nee Herbert followed on the Ben Nevis with 4 children in 1856 including a one year
Children Ann Herbert, Thomas, James, Joseph Yeadon, Elizabeth, Isaac, William Samuel, Edward Herbert, Violette, Thomas Edward,Samuel Kissock, Richard Ernest.
Australian Raider Carmel Murphy is looking for any help in this search to find her 93 year old father's ancestors. So if you have any information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We're always doing and discovering new things so this is the place to come for the latest Crockett related information. We'll add pages and put up links here as they become available. You can also comment on any of the articles/items here. We look forward to hearing from you.
This year will see a number of publications. We hope to bring out the following in the coming year:
By Crockett: The Azure Hand, The Adventurer in Spain and Little Esson.
About Crockett: Discovering Crockett's Edinburgh, Discovering Crockett's Castle Douglas and The Red Cart Trail.
We're also working on:
Treasures from the Archive
A Gazetteer of Crockett's 'fiction