HISTORY OF GALLOWAY. p.376by M’Kerlie. PORTREENOWDUNSKEY. “One named Currie has been mentioned in the fourteenth century, who is supposed to have been "the son" of Walter Currie, entrusted in 1291, by King Edward I, with the keeping of WIGTON Castle.It has been related that for some cause or other he was declared a rebel, and a proclamation issued that whoever produced him dead or alive, would be rewarded with his lands.
The remainder of the account goes on to state that about 1388, Robert Fitzgerald, a son of the Earl of Desmond (Norman origin), who owned the lands of Adare, in Ireland, fled to Galloway, and assumed the name of Robert Adare.Being an adventurer, and hearing about Currie, he watched for a long time, and at last, getting an opportunity, he killed him, and the castle and lands became his.”
FROM NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND. Wigton is in Dumfries and Galloway, situated on the north side of the mouth of the river Bladenoch, where it flows into Wigton Bay on the Irish Sea. The name Wigton means ‘Wicga’s farm’. It is derived from Wicga, an Old English personal name and tun, the Old English word for ‘farm’. It was recorded as Wyggeton in 1293. (When in the keeping of Walter Currie from AD1291 ?)
Wigton was a royal burgh, probably from the fourteenth century, although the earliest surviving charter dates from the reign of James II in 1457.
Wigton Castle, which had probably been built by Alexander III in the 1280’s was demolished by the Bruces (and Robert Adair ? ) in 1310. ..........................
Was Robert Adare given Dunskey Castle or Wigton Castle, by Robert the Bruce of Scotland c.1310, or King Edward I of England ?Back to the old Government books of both England and Scotland.Joe, have you any updates ?Thankyou.