Parton

Parton NX695705

Parton village is situated on the A713 about 8 miles north of Castle Douglas. It could be said to be at the south of the Glen of the Ken as the river Ken flows into the river Dee about half a mile north of the village. The name is said to come from the Gaelic meaning the Hill Top.

Parton village was there in the 1750’s and had a parish priest as early as 1296. The present village was built to house the workers in the slate quarry behind the village, which was worked from 1750 onwards with a break before 1870 when it was started up again. It closed again around the end of the 1890’s.