Posted by: Jim Bell | March 12, 2011

Last Galloway Mail Coach

“Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser” 8th March, 1861

Exit the Mail Coach.

The opening of the Portpatrick Railway for passenger and goods traffic on Tuesday first will cause a considerable alteration in the modes of conveyance hitherto used in the Stewartry. For nearly fifty-one years the mail coach has run from Dumfries to Stranraer, but tomorrow is the last trip from Castle Douglas of the mail coach. The arrangements made for the conveyance of mails in the meantime is that a small gig will run from Castle Douglas to Stranraer each day at nearly the same hour as at present, contingent on the arrival of the mail from Dumfries. It is also contemplated to despatch the mail in the afternoon by the five o’clock train instead of half-past three — an arrangement which will be a great boon to the inhabitants south, east, and west of Castle-Douglas. It will allow the boxes in the various places to be kept open upwards of an hour longer than at present, and thus give an opportunity to reply to any communication by the same day’s post. The withdrawal of the mail coach will also change the route of passengers from Creetown and Newton-Stewart to Kirkcudbright. Instead of driving round by the coast, travellers will now come by train to Castle-Douglas, and go on by coach to Kirkcudbright — Mr Payne’s omnibus waiting the arrival of the train from Stranraer.



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