Local Dumfries History


Miss Francis Shackerly

The History of of the Trigony Country House Hotel goes back a long way, at least to the 18th Century when it was the shooting & fishing lodge for Closeburn Castle. It is therefore a country house hotel with a real pedigree.

In the 19th Century A Miss Francis Shackerly lived here, later to become the Oldest Person in Scotland at 107 years (or 109 years depending on who you believe!) who was a much loved Sunday School Teacher for 80 of them! Then in 1938 Some of the best Craftsmen in South-West Scotland were used to hand craft and install our beautiful Japanese oak Panelling and the Deco Style Stair Case & Long Landing Windows. Features that are often remarked about and the background choice for many a memorable photograph.

We believe that we are caretakers of the history and love sharing it with our guests, and it is our honour to be the stewards of this fine building and the tradition of change with care continues with our restoration of the ornamental gardens and walled, kitchen garden, which supplies much of our fresh produce that feeds our guests.

Our Country House Hotel is set in the beautiful rolling countryside of Nithsdale, steeped in history both natural & physical. The River Nith runs through the heart of the valley with the Southern Uplands to the north & the dramatic Solway Coast to the south. It is a place of quiet country roads ideal for exploring on foot or by bicycle.



Photographs of our Country House Hotel


Old Church at Closeburn

There are three Castles close to the Hotel, Monuments to the turbulent History of the area. The little hamlet of Closeburn is a mile to the south with two old churches well worth a visit a mile to the north is The Village of Thornhill a lovely 18th Century Estate village which has a fine collection of small boutiques and craft shops.