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Re: Dalgarno for beginners
Posted by: Don Hazelton Date: June 20, 2001 at 06:57:38
In Reply to: Dalgarno for beginners by David Walton of 188

I have been told that the DALGARNO family came from DALGANOCK

References to DALGARNOCK:

Per Towns and Villages of Dumfries and Galloway:
THORNHILL: Pleasant town with a wide tree-lined main street, and a tall column surmounted by the Queensberry emblem of a winged horse. Near the river is the shaft of an Anglian Cross. A cross in nearby DALGARNOCK churchyard commemorates 57 martyred Covenanters.

Last May a braw wooer by Robert Burns (1759-1796)

But a' the niest week as I petted wi' care, I gaed to the tryste o' DALGARNOCK; And wha but my fine, fickle lover was there, I glowr'd as I'd seen a warlock, a warlock, I glowr'd as I'd seen a warlock.

Referred to in the song 'Last May a braw Wooer'. The temporarily wooer complains that, having put off her man, he thereupon wooed her 'black cousin Bess', and:
"But a' the neist week, as I petted wi' care,
I gaed to the tryst o' DALGARNOCK,
And wha but my fine fickle lover was there?"
Set to the tune 'The Lothian Lassie' Burns modelled his original song on an older poem of the same name it appeared first in Thomson's Scottish Airs, 1799 and had an immediate success.
According to Burns DALGARNOCK was 'a romantic spot near the Nith, where are still a ruined church and a burial ground.'

Per 2000 Gazetteer for Scotland:
A small burgh created in 1664 under the name of NEW DALGARNO by the Earl of Queensberry, Thornhill is located on the River Nith 14 miles (22.5km) north of Dumfries. Notable structures include a monument to the explorer Joseph Thomson, a market cross (1714), the Buccleuch and Queensberry Hotel (1855, by Charles Howitt, on the site of Robert Burns' cobbler's shop), Thornhill Hospital (1900), and four churches built in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Nearby are Drumlanrig Castle, Morton Castle, and, at Nith Bridge, a 10th-century cross-shaft with carved panels.

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