An article from

'The Topographical, Statistical, and Historical Gazetteer of Scotland'

Published by A.Fullarton and Co. - 1848


GLENMUIR, a valley in the parish of Old Cumnock, Ayrshire, which has been rendered interesting by the beautiful poem called 'the Cameronian's dream:'

"In Glenmuir's wild solitudes lengthened and deep
Were the whistling of plovers and bleating of sheep."

The author of this exquisite poem lived, when a boy, in the midst of this sequestered glen, at a place called Dalblair, where his fine poetic genius was stimulated and nurtured by the mingled scenes of soft beauty and wild grandeur with which he was surrounded. Glenmuir-shaw, near the head of this valley, is a pleasant spot; and must in former times have been a place of some consequence, as the ruins of its ancient baronial castle still indicate. Some lordly chieftain of the Saxon line seems to have selected it as the locality in which he chose to live in a state of rude splendour, and which must have been witnessed by the lonely sentinels that still guard the spot, the stately trees, whose dotard boughs and scaly rind bespeak the age of several centuries. He who sighs after a sweet meditative seclusion will find that seclusion at Glenmuir-shaw.





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