Kirkcudbright Prison in Victorian times.

The prison tower
The prison tower

Kirkcudbright History Society benefited from the vast amount of research into the Kirkcudbright Prison done by Dr Donald Cowell. His talk on “Kirkcudbright Prison in Victorian Times” enthralled the members at their February meeting.

From being a volunteer researching documents in the Stewartry Museum to spending days in the National Records Office in Edinburgh, he covered how he had become interested in the subject.

The importance of distinguishing between the prison i.e. the tower at the rear and the Court buildings was emphasised. Although none of the original plans have been found, much is known about planning and discussions over the building. This even included, at one point, the inclusion of Thomas Stevenson’s expertise in building towers as he was at that time involved with the building of the lighthouse on Ross Island.

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