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Douglas Arms Hotel hotel sign  

Situated at the corner of King Street and St Andrew’s Street opposite the Clock Tower in Castle Douglas, the Douglas Arms is over 200 years old and is a former coaching inn. Built into the wall is a stone often put on a lintel and bearing the name of the man and his wife who built the house. In this case the initials are W.C and M.G with the date 1772 or 1779.

The town’s founder, William Douglas most probably stayed here before he built his residence at Kelton, as letters are said to have been sent to William Douglas care of Mrs. Douglas, Douglas Arms Hotel, Castle Douglas.  Mrs Douglas, who was the landlady at the time was reputed to be a ‘popular and charming hostess’.

On the King Street wall of the hotel is a mile-stone in tablet form, rescued from a ditch by a former provost, Dr T. M Donald, which shows mileages to a few destinations such as Dumfries, Carlisle, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. It was cast in Dumfries in 1827. 


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