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Closeburn, standing 238 feet above sea-level, had a station on the Glasgow and South-Western railway, 12 miles from Dumfries, 3 miles from Thornhill, and 80 miles south of Glasgow.
It is unclear whether Osbran of Ireland or Osbern of England is the saint in question whose name was used in the nameing of the church in Closeburn.
Natives of Closeburn were Dr John Hunter, born Pothouse Closeburn (1746-1837) and the Rev. Dr Gillespie (1778-1844), both professors of humanity at St Andrews, and Dr Aglionby Ross Carson (1780-1850), rector of Edinburgh High School; Rt. Paterson (` Sir Walter Scott's Old Mortality ') has likewise been claimed, but really was born in Hawick.
Closeburn has memories, too of Burns, who around 1788 paid many a visit at the old castle to Willie Stewart, the father of ` Lovely Polly, ' and factor to Mr Menteth.
The Closeburn Village that exists today was called Cross Roads about a mile from this there was a place called Closeburn Town which boasted a Baron's official residence and a market cross. Nothing remains of this Closeburn Town, except the field where it stood is continued to be called Closeburn Town.
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