Clan Armstrong Trust Museum, Langholm

Clan Armstrong Trust Museum, Langholm, Scottish Borders

This evening, I am focusing on Langholm in the Scottish Borders.

This town (population of about 2500) has an interesting history most prominent aspect of which is involvement with the Border Reivers era and Clan Armstrong in particular. Today the town is home to the Clan Armstrong Museum and Centre (see image above). A summary of history and related facts:

  • The name translates as ‘Long Meadow’ but is known locally as ‘Muckle Toon’
  • Located in the county of Dumfries and Galloway.
  • During the industrial era was home to a vibrant textile industry and many mills. Today, the nationwide retail chain of Edinburgh Woollen Mills has its Head Office in the town.
  • Langholm has two famous sons: the poet, Hugh MacDiarmid and engineer, Thomas Telford.
  • The River Esk flows through through the town centre.
  • In the centre of Langholm is the remains of a 16th century Tower House (castle) closely associated with the Armstrongs. See image below.

I invariably visit Langholm in context of Border Reiver or Clan Armstrong  themed tours. There are many interesting sites nearby including Hermitage Castle

Langholm Castle, Langholm

Langholm Castle, Langholm, Scottish Borders

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