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Penpont, Dumfries and Galloway

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Penpont, Dumfries and Galloway

Penpont is a small village in the region of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, two miles west of Thornhill. It is situated near the confluence of the Shinnel Water and Scaur Water rivers in the foothills of the Southern Uplands, and has a population of roughly 400 people. The name means "bridge end", in the Old Welsh or Cumbric language, once spoken in Galloway. Penpont is notable as the birthplace of Joseph Thomson, the geologist and explorer after whom Thomson's Gazelle is named.
Post townThornhill
Administrative CountyDumfries and Galloway
Traditional CountyDumfriesshire
OS GridNX8494
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
Police AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDumfries and Galloway
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01848

Other names by which Penpont, Dumfries and Galloway has been known in the past

Pen Y Pont

Penpont, Dumfries and Galloway in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Penpont, par. and vil., NW. Dumfriesshire - par., 21,961 ac., pop. 1176; vil., on Scar Water, 2 miles SW. of Thornhill, pop. 437; P.O., T.O.

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