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Parton Whilst the spelling of Parton has remained the same for over 350 years, the name has possibly changed both in orthography and pronunciation from its Gaelic origin meaning ‘hill top’.
The parish of Parton is square in form, bounded by Balmaclellan and Kells on the north; by Kirkpatrick-Durham on the east with the Urr as boundary; by Crossmichael on the south; and on the west, separated by the River Dee, by Balmaghie.
Look out for the tiny Parton post-office/shop on the corner of row of station houses – it is a case of blink and you’ll miss it! The establishment is run by a Mr Sam Callander. Sam has thoroughly documented the life of James Clerk Maxwell and has a significant collection of material on the scientist. They also offer a range of old fashioned sweets, local and national newspapers and a selection of local information booklets. Well worth a look in!