1100s - the lands of Hoddom around
Ecclefechan belonged to the Herries family.
1500s - Sir John Maxwell acquired Hoddom
after marrying the heiress Agnes, Lady
The earliest parts of present day Hoddom Castle
were built at that time, just over 2 miles
southwest of Ecclefechan.
Repentance Tower was built around that time
on a hill as a watchtower for the castle.
1772 - Archibald Arnott was born in
Ecclefechan. He was Napoleon's doctor on St
1730 - the Ecclefechan Hotel was built.
1788 - stagecoaches traveling between
Glasgow and London began using the village for
stopovers, with Ecclefechan being 77 miles
south of Glasgow.
The stagecoaches would take 6 days to travel
the 400 miles between the two cities, traveling
up to 80 miles each day.
1795 - Thomas Carlyle was born in the
1855 - Archibald Arnott dies at Ecclefechan,
he was buried at the village Hoddom Church.
1881 - Thomas Carlyle dies, he was buried at
the village Hoddom Church.
1950s - Hoddom Castle was abandoned and fell
2000s? - the Hoddom Castle Caravan Park is
Today - Hoddom Castle has been included on
Historic Scotland's Castle Conservation