The History of Argrennan

rgrennan Manor House has a unique and rich heritage and is a shining example of Scottish culture and history. In the late 15th century it belonged to Robert Cutler of Argrennan who passed it to his son, William Cutler in 1705. The house's name was changed to Deebank when it was acquired in 1799 by Alexander Gordon and there is evidence to suggest that the house was linked with the local church.


Old Map of Argrennan

When in 1308 nearly all the rest of Scotland had been won by King Robert, Galloway still stood for the English King, and Edward Bruce was sent to subdue it. He met the Gallovidian forces, consisting partly of Scots and partly of English, at Craignell and defeated them. Tradition points to a stand made by the enemy at a ford in the Dee called The Grainy Ford, where they were defeated again. Mackenzie says in The History of Galloway, published in 1841, that "in a field called Druim Cheate (in English, 'the place of meeting'), where this encounter took place, on the estate of Deebank, the fragments of many warlike instruments have been found.

The original house was bought in 1819 by Robert Kerr, a West Indian plantation farmer who extended it and changed the name back to Argrennan from Deebank. Records from this period indicate that it was purchased from Robert Kerr by Sir James Aikman Smith and remained in the Aikman family until its purchase in the early 1980s by Tulane Kidd and Robert Readaway. It was then acquired by the current owner in 2004. Such is the opulence and grandeur of Argrennan, it was acquired by Sir James Aikman Smith as a demonstration of his affluence and wealth to his royal peers.

James Gillespie Graham extended the main house at Argrennan in 1818 which gives the Manor house particular interest within Scottish heritage. Born in Dunblane in 1776, James Gillespie Graham is best known for his country houses and churches in the Scottish Gothic Style. His particular interest was in grand interiors and his designs are admired at Hopetoun House, Taymouth Castle and St. Andrews cathedral in Glasgow.