Strange when you live only 5 miles away from a place and you’ve never paid a visit. Well I’ve finally put that to rights. Ross lies at the southern end of a peninsula extending into the Solway Firth southwest of Kirkcudbright in Southwest Scotland. This picturesque area is situated at the head of Kirkcudbright Bay.
Walking around the sparsely populated bay the way-marked pathway takes you up across some rolling fields until Little Ross Island appears.
Placed strategically in the mouth of the bay its lighthouse dates from 1843 and was constructed by the Portobello born Lighthouse engineer Alan Stevenson. Like many other lighthouses of this period it has been automated, this one since 1961.
In August 1960 a murder took place on the island. His fellow relief lighthouse keeper murdered Hugh Clark. Two men who were visiting the island discovered the dreadful deed and reported it to the authorities. After a nationwide hunt for the 24-year-old Robert Dickson he was arrested in Yorkshire and brought back to Dumfries Court House for trial and sentenced to death. Although Dickson was reprieved five days before the execution planned for 21st December 1960, he took his own life in prison two years later by an overdose of drugs.
It’s surprising what intriguing places and events happen just down the road?