Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In Douglas Village

This image (©Mary and Angus Hogg), a view looking towards Douglas Village, belongs to Mary and Angus Hogg, and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license, The text overlay on the image was added by Mary R. Bull, as further compliance with the Creative Commons license, for use on this page with her poem, "Douglas Water." The page itself is from a work in progress, Just Passing Through, the collected poems of three sisters and a cousin, which we hope to publish sometime this year.

Douglas Water

The photograph* below is of a small burn flowing through Douglas Glen into Douglas Water. There are three Scottish streams with this name. The one which the burn in the picture feeds is a tributary of the River Clyde, in south-central Scotland. This Douglas Water (Gaelic dubh-ghlas, or black water) rises in the hills to the south-west of Muirkirk and then runs north-east, then east, to flow through Douglas Village and past the nearby remains of Douglas Castle. The castle was a stronghold of the House of Douglas, a powerful medieval family whose Norman ancestors settled here in the 12th century and took their surname from the river. After passing through Douglasdale, Douglas Water continues on to its confluence with the Clyde, near Glasgow, a beautiful city on that river, not very far from Loch Lomond.
*The copyright on this image is owned by wfmillar, who has licensed it for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. For use on this page the image has been modified, to saturate the colors slightly, and a text overlay added. License to use this enhanced version is hereby granted under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. Please keep the attribution “©wfmillar” with the licensing language in any reuse of the enhanced version, in addition to attributing the enhancement to Mary R. Bull.,

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