Friday, 13 July 2012
Eskdalemuir is a civil parish and small village in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It is sited around 10 miles north-west of Langholm and 10 miles north-east of Lockerbie. The area consists of high wet moorlands chiefly used for sheep grazing and forestry plantation. Settlement is generally located near to, or by one of the many tributaries of the Black Esk and White Esk rivers.
There is no documentary evidence that Lowry visited the village. Lowry refers to the village in his first novel Ultramarine; “…back in Eskdalemuir, boy - I wish I was there again.” (Pg. 67). Lowry's character goes on to relate the enclosures and sheep rearing.