Bramble Cottage, Dalry, Castle Douglas, Scotland, DG7 3UT, GB
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?Sam Callandar was born in Wigtownshire in 1922 and came to Parton Village as a youth. From an early age he has known of the famous scientist buried in Parton Kirkyard. In the 1960s, during a period of service as Parton Kirk?s Clerk of Session, he received correspondence from around the world enquiring about Maxwell and his relationship to the locality. This began a life of commitment to the cause of widening public awareness of Maxwell and his achievements. Over the years, Sam has assisted a growing number of historians of science, biographers and scientists in their studies ? many of these have become personal friends. He assisted Rev. Mackay in the publication of the Centenary Tribute to Maxwell in 1979 and was instrumental in establishing the Maxwell commemorative plaque at Parton Kirk in 1989. He canvassed tirelessly among the business and university communities to establish financial support for the project. The bronze plaque (cast by Henshaw?s of Edinburgh and set in a granite block by Swan?s of Kirkcudbright) was unveiled in June 1989. Until his retirement in 1987, Sam Callander?s entire working life as an agricultural millwright was spent with J and R Wallace of Castle Douglas.? By Dave Summers, Napier University, Edinburgh. Extracted from James Clerk Maxwell, Pathfinder of Modern Science: A Centenary Tribute. Millennium Edition. Published by the Community Council or Kirkpatrick Durham, Corsock, Parton and Kirkcudbrightshire.