Over the years I have noticed that the place name Ecclefechan triggers a smile on the face of some of my American friends. To assist understanding of this unusual name's origins and the village generally I provide below summary information, viz:
- The village (pop 880) lies in the valley of the Mein Water (river) just eight miles north of the English border.
- Located near Lockerbie in the county of Dumfries and Galloway and eighty miles south of Edinburgh.
- Most famous personage associated with the village is the historian and social refermer, Thomas Carlyle (1785-1881).
- The name has religious origins beign part Latin ('Eccle' as in ecclesiastical) and part Gaelic with 'Fechan' derived from a 7th century Irish monk, probably of the Celtic Church.
- Arguably, the most famous product associated with the village is the Ecclelfechan Tart four of which items I purchased this morning. Information on this delicacy (as sourced from the producer;s (Walkers) website) is provide below.
Whilst I have visited the village (in the distant past) I don't currently hold any images. One for my bucket list!