This week we go back to the laying of the foundation stones for the McMillan Hall in Dashwood Square on Newton Stewart. The picture was given to The Galloway Gazette by Stephen McDowall, who has a comprehensive collection of old photographs of the area.
Work began on the McMillan Hall in early 1884 and the building was handed over to the town council in 1885. The hall was built with money left by brothers Peter and William McMillan, who were grocers in the town. The architect was Richard Park who according to a report in the Galloway Gazette at the time “adopted an Italian style”. By June 1884 builders T & J Agnew had the site cleared and the laying of the foundation stone took place in August 1884. The ceremony was performed by the Earl of Galloway who used a silver trowel and mallet to complete the task.
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