Dumfries in Scotland

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Dumfries is a market town and former royal burgh within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland. It is located near the mouth of the River Nith into the Solway Firth about 25 miles (40 km) by road from the Anglo-Scottish border and just 15 miles (24 km) away from Cumbria by air. Dumfries is the county town of the historic county of Dumfriesshire.

Before becoming King of Scots, Robert the Bruce killed his rival the Red Comyn at Greyfriars Kirk in the town on 10 February 1306. The Young Pretender had his headquarters here during a 3-day sojourn in Dumfries towards the end of 1745. During the Second World War, the bulk of the Norwegian Army during their years in exile in Britain consisted of a brigade in Dumfries.

River Nith © Darrenfrazerphotography/cc-by-sa-4.0 Sandstone buildings in Buccleuch Street © Contains Mild Peril/cc-by-sa-3.0 Theatre Royal on Shakespeare Street © Contains Mild Peril/cc-by-sa-3.0 Dumfries Museum and camera obscura © MSDMSD/cc-by-sa-3.0 Buccleuch Street Bridge © Grant McIntosh Photography/cc-by-sa-4.0 High Street © panoramio.com - cisko66/cc-by-3.0
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Sandstone buildings in Buccleuch Street © Contains Mild Peril/cc-by-sa-3.0
Dumfries is nicknamed Queen of the South. This is also the name of the town’s professional football club. People from Dumfries are known colloquially in Scots language as Doonhamers.

Like the rest of Dumfries and Galloway, of Scotland’s three major geographical areas Dumfries lies in the Southern Uplands. The river Nith runs through Dumfries toward the Solway Firth in a southwards direction splitting the town into East and West. At low tide, the sea recedes to such an extent on the shallow sloping sands of the Solway that the length of the Nith is extended by 13 km to 113.8 km (70.7 mi). This makes the Nith Scotland’s seventh longest river. There are several bridges across the river within the town. In between the Devorgilla (also known as ‘The Old Bridge’) and the suspension bridge is a weir colloquially known as ‘The Caul’. In wetter months of the year the Nith can flood the surrounding streets. Queensberry Square and High Street are the central focal points of the town and this area hosts many of the historical, social and commercial enterprises and events of Dumfries. During the 1990s, these areas enjoyed various aesthetic recognitions from organisations including Britain in Bloom.

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