The ‘fact meets fiction’ virtual tour.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of S.R.Crockett and celebrate Castle Douglas Civic Week, The Galloway Raiders are hosting the ‘fact meets fiction’ virtual tour of Crockett’s Castle Douglas.
Every day from 16th July to 26th July you can get on board for a tour of Crockett connected places. Wherever you are in the world, all you have to do is click to ‘join’ the tour.
Samuel Rutherford Crockett was born at Little Duchrae, Galloway in 1859 and his family moved to Castle Douglas in 1867. In his 1904 non-fiction work ‘Raiderland’ he wrote of CD as follows:
Little town, once built at the foot of a hill and ever since running a race up it—I do not know whether you are very proud of me, but at any rate I am proud of you.
To me you are still ‘the toon’— my town. I came to you as a boy, and found in you the best of schoolmasters, the best of schoolmates, the snellest, sharpest-tongued, kindliest-hearted folk in the world. If ever I have written concerning you that which seemed to make for mirth, the laughter was noways unkindly.
Many people in CD today are not aware either of Crockett or his CD connection. In part this is because Crockett fictionalised CD as ‘Cairn Edward’ and in part it is because his work has been out of print for many years, but now, you can once again read Crockett’s ‘Galloway’ novels and short stories in digital and paperback formats.
So why not familiarise yourself with the work of Scotland’s Forgotten Bestseller and one of CD’s most famous sons by taking the ‘fact meets fiction tour.’ It’s free, you can turn up when you like and even if it’s raining you won’t get wet.
You can also join The Galloway Raiders for free, for even more information and to take advantage of special discounts on Crockett’s work. There are ebook ‘bundles’ and a special Douglas Day offer on July 26th.
If you are interested in the history, adventure and romance of Castle Douglas, you won’t want to miss this virtual ‘fact meets fiction’ tour. So bookmark the site and we’ll look forward to seeing you on July 16th.
ebook and paperback editions of Crockett’s work are available as the 32 volume ‘The Galloway Collection’ edited by Cally Phillips, from Ayton Publishing’s virtual bookstore – and from Amazon worldwide.