Gatehouse of Fleet Brickworks, Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire

12/01/1853 – Dumfries and Galloway Standard – Gatehouse. An itinerant umbrella-mender, of the name of James McNish, was drowned in the stagnant water of Mr Hume’s brick-fields, on the evening of Tuesday the 4tn instant. He had called at the Free Manse between seven and eight o’clock, and it is supposed that in seeking to obtain a lodging for the night in the brick kiln he had missed his way, and stumbled into the place where he lost his life. His cries were heard, but before any assistance could be rendered he had disappeared. The water was speedily searched, but on dragging him ashore life was found to be extinct. The unfortunate man had his permanent residence at Kirkcudbright, to which his body was removed on Thursday. He has left a widow and a family to mourn his loss.

1867 – Robert Hume, brickmaker, Alder Cottage, Fleet Street, Gatehouse of Fleet.

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