Hospitaller of the Order of St John owned
much of the land around Dalry at that time, why
the Village name is St Johns Town of Dalry.
1546 - the first modern Church is
1637 - Charles I forced a new prayer book on
Scots, leading to some Scots rebelling. These
Scots were known as Covenanters, many from the
1680 - The Killing
Time began after troops of Charles II began
hunting down and Executing Covenanters.
1700s - the Settlement here was enlarged to
plans of the Earl of Galloway.
1700s - the Lochinver Hotel was built as a
Coaching Inn on the road between Castle Douglas
1832 - the present day Church is completed
to replace the earlier Church.
1930s - the Galloway Hydroelectric Power
Scheme was built connecting about seven Lochs
down the Valley.
The highest loch is Loch Enoch at about 1600
feet, next to the 2,766ft Merrick
Mountain. Water flows from there through other
lochs including Loch Doon at
The water then runs down past Carsphairn
and other Lochs with Hydro Plants on the north
side of Dalry.
1970s - large areas were planted with fast
growing Spruce Trees for the Timber Industry,
now known as the Galloway Forest Park.
Many Sheep Farms were used for Tree Growing
at that time.
Part of the Forest agreement was, the Forest
Commission would Maintain Paths onto the
Mountains, and look after Historic Attractions
in the Area.
1984 - the 212 mile long Coast to Coast
Southern Upland Way Walking Route opened,
passing through Dalry.
2004 - the Covenanters Sculpture was erected
2010s - much of the Galloway Forest Park
starts to to be cut down for Timber. Most of
the areas cut down are being re-planted.