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Ecclesfechan, Dumfriesshire

Historical Description

ECCLESFECHAN, a village, in the parish of Hoddam, county of Dumfries, 6 miles (N.) from Annan; containing 768 inhabitants. It is very centrally situated, in the south-eastern part of the parish, on the road between Carlisle and Glasgow, and is an important and thriving market-village, with many respectable shops in various branches of trade. A large part of the population is engaged in the manufacture of gingham, which is the chief product of the place. It has a noted cattle fair or market, to which its prosperity has been principally owing, and also a flourishing pork-market; the former is held monthly, but the great sales are in June and October, and the pork-market is held during the winter. In the vicinity are five cross-roads, and there are great facilities of intercourse afforded to the inhabitants by the Caledonian railway, which has a station at Ecclesfechan. A post-office has for some time been established. The parochial church stands about a mile south of the village; and the members of the Free Church have a place of worship.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis