Scotland, Chapter 4: Finding Newton Stewart

How did we finally get there? Plan D, of course: Hired a Driver. ROBIN’S NOTES September 15, 2018 - Today was my best day yet. We left with our driver, Billy, around 10:30 am in a CAR! The drive to Newton Stewart through the Galloway Forest was beautiful and I was happy to be away from pavement and buildings for a few hours. (click photo to go to slideshow and enlarge When we got to Newton Stewart we went straight to The Museum, which is housed in an old church, complete with a locked tower reached by a spiral staircase. We were taken up into the tower to look for pictures, which was really cool. There was a painting of the Gorbals, a settlement along the river, which is a likely area f

Scotland, Chapter 3: In Search of Newton Stewart

“My parents were both Scotch, having been born and raised in the lowlands — my mother at Newton Stewart and my father at Wigtown. Mother was of the large Stroyan family, and I have gathered from her casual conversation, were trades people, and as she used to say, journeymen.” -- Belle Laurie Waddell, daughter of John and Isabella Stroyan Laurie It was in search of the early lives of these “journeymen” that, one hundred and sixty-seven years later, her great-granddaughter, Robin, and I, a fourth-generation Hamilton County resident, took our own journey to Scotland in search of Newton Stewart. ROBIN's NOTES - 9/14/18 Before I fell asleep last night, I decided I would rent a car so we can see

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