Dalbeattie Museum

Dalbeattie Museum is now shut for the winter and we hope to make some big changes to our displays and make your visit even more enjoyable.


Our loyal members and friends of the museum will see that we have not had our usual A.G.M in December. This is because we have changed from a Trust to just Dalbeattie Museum. We also have became a SCIO.

The Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation

We shall be getting intouch with all our members and friends of the museum in the New Year.



Donald Henderson our Chairman putting in our Rememberance Window.


Our rememberance window this year was very special, as it had 105 named poppies representing the 105 names on the Dalbeattie Primary School War Memorial. The memorial used to be in the old Primary School at the top of Southwick Road, Dalbeattie.

It now is in the new learning campus in Dalbeattie.





Dalbeattie Museum Celebrates 25 Years

The celebrations continued on Saturday 31st March.

Over 80 visitors enjoyed refreshments and nibbles.

Tommy and his volunteers enjoyed welcoming the visitors, the day turned out to be a huge success.

Donald had erected some boards, for the visitor to see the pictures of the museum being opened 25 Years ago!






In the museum on Saturday 17th March 2018, we had a small celebration with the Trustees and Volunteers of the museum. Donald thanked the group for all their hard work and support over the years.

Tommy Henderson (Life Chairman) cut a cake in celebration.

Tommy Henderson

Tommy Henderson cutting the cake.



Our Volunteers who are ready to go for the 2018 season.


Dalbeattie Museum Trustees. Some of our Trustees also Volunteer in the museum.

So, come join the party on the 31st March, 11am til 4pm. 


Our boys group on a Wednesday are working hard to make our museum ready for the new season


Left to right- Tommy Henderson (Life Chairman), Jack Wallace, Tommy Elsdon, Alan Morgan,

Larry Mouat


The Dalbeattie Museum Volunteers are looking forward to welcoming you in our 2019 season!




Our Remembrance Window 2017

Remembrance window 2017

Dalbeattie Museum remembers the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Remembrance window 2017          

Comrades of the two World Wars 1914 - 1918


1939 - 1945

The names that appear on our memorial that stands proudly in our park has 106 names.

C.Airley, James Allan,  D Barrowman, James Blacklock, N Boates, D. Brown, J. Boyd, J. Broadfoot, M. Brown, James Brown. Chris Caig, George Caldow, James Callender, James Campbell, J Curruthers, J. Carson,

Wm Carswell, Joseph Caven, D. Chalmers, R Copland, J. Dill, W. Dixon, D. Dixon, Thomas Dobbie,

Michael Dolan, John Dowdes, James Drain, Joe Ferguson, John Fortune, D.Geddes, T. Geddes, M. Gilmore, James Gourlay, J. Gowan, F. Green, James Halliday, Alex Hamilton, John Hannah, J. Harriman,

Duff Henderson, Joe Henderson, A Huxlable, R. Ireland, James Jardine, J. Kinnan, Clark Kennedy, Wm Kerr,

J. Kirkpatrick, F. Lee, George Mansfield, S Markham, Sidney Marriott, G. Maxwell, J. McAdam, Sam McCaig,  T. Mclelland, R. McDonald, Wm McGhie, A. McHenry, Andy McKie, J. McKinnell, John McMutrie, Jas McMutrie, Wm McWhirter, A. McWilliam, F. McGhie, Alex Millar, A. Millburn, W. Millburn, W. Milroy, W Monaghan,

John Morrison, Alex Muirhead, W. Murray, A. Neilson, A. Niven, John Paton, Jessie J Patterson, Jas W Pool, W. Proudfoot, George Purdie, W.Rae, John Rain, M. Richardson, Joe Richardson,

John Riddick, R. Robertson, Tom Robertson,

W. Slingby, Nat Sloan, W. Smith, Wm Solley, John Watson Steel,

JJ. Stevenson, Jas Sturgeon, A Strurgeon, Wm Sturgeon, R. Swanson, R. Teesdale, RJ Thomson, Jas Varcy, J. weeks, JT Wright,

Gordon Wykes, A. Young, McAdam, McGuffog

Bandstand and War Memorial Dalbeattie

Unveiling the war memorial

Dalbeattie War Memorial was unveiled on Sunday 4th 1921, by a local war hero, Mr William Alexander, who was blinded while in action serving with the Royal Scots Fusiliers. The address was given by

Mr W.J.H. Maxwell of Munches. Two of whose sons are listed on the memorial.

It is a hexagonal pillar surmounted by a Galloway Lion. The whole memorial is made from Dalbeattie Granite. The design was under the advice of

Mr W. S. McGeorge R.S.A  and

Mr E. A. Hornel, an artist from Kirkcudbright.

Dalbeattie Cemetery also has 9 Commonwealth War Graves.

Sergeant W Sturgeon- Kings Own Scottish Borderers, 

Jeannie Turnbull Wright - Queen Marys Army Auxiliary Corps

Lance Corporal F Young- Border Regiment

Private John McDonald- Highland  Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)

Driver. Brydson Ewart - Royal Engineers

Sergeant James Stretton - Royal Air Force Volunterr Reserve

Sergeant Joseph Wykes- Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Lance Corporal George Marr- Corps of Military Police

Colour Sergeant A.S. Syme - Kings Own Scttish Borderers


The flag draping the coffin is the Canadian "Red Ensign" which until 1921 carried the crests of the 4 founding Provinces. (One of which has a distinctive red cross) and parade was making its way to Dalbeattie Cemetery.. 


The soldier was Sergeant Thomas William of the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.


He had been wounded in June 1916 and while recovering he visited his brother Captain John Hugh Johnston who was serving with the Canadian Forestry Corps at Orchardton near Auchencairn. 


Thomas was fatally wounded by the accidental discharge of a hunting rifle and died in hospital in Dumfries on 23 January 1917..


He was buried with full military honours at Dalbeattie but after the war his body was re-interred in Peterhead Cemetery in Aberdeenshire (but no one knows why!)

These pictures and information was kindly shared by

Ken and Ann Morrison


Gun on Pond Collision park Dalbeattie

Girls Training Corps card- Kathleen Henderson (Roberts)

Reverse side of card


They shall not grow old, as that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.



Dalbeattie Museum is now on facebook. Please click here





 We are a local and social history museum for all the family.


We have many displays which chart past industries of Dalbeattie.

Our main display upstairs will surprise you.


Read about our local hero William McMaster Murdoch, with our Titanic Display. 

Titanic Display

The museum is FREE to enter

(children must be accompanied by an adult)


Thank You to our volunteers for making another summer season such a huge success!

Our Volunteers


Do one thing in 2019 and visit Dalbeattie Museum!

main display








 Dalbeattie is steeped in history and we love to share it with our visitors. 


Dalbeattie Primary School Book

History Of Dalbeattie Primary School Is Still Available!!!


This book was collated because the Primary School may close once the Dalbeattie Learning Campus has been 

built. It was felt important to record and document the history of the school.

Along with the book there is a DVD of class photographs, taken over the years.

This book is free to any pupil who attended the Dalbeattie Primary School

and can be picked up from

Dalbeattie Museum.



Reflections of Old Dalbeattie    

New DVD called Reflections of Old Dalbeattie

Our exciting new DVD has been launched. It is called

"Reflections of Old Dalbeattie".

Tommy Henderson reflects on some of Dalbeattie's history and along with his commentary are old pictures of Dalbeattie.

This DVD costs £5:00 and all proceeds go towards the running costs of our museum.


If you have not visited the museum, then this year put in on the top of your “to do” list and spend an hour or two reminiscing.



A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at Dalbeattie Museum.


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