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Ecclefechan

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Ecclefechan (Scottish Gaelic: Eaglais Fheichein) is a small village located in Dumfries and Galloway in the south of Scotland. The village is famous for being the birthplace of Thomas Carlyle. Ecclefechan lies in the valley of the Mein Water, a tributary of the River Annan, south of Lockerbie, north of Annan and northwest of the English border. The A74(M) motorway runs immediately north of the village and Junction 19 is just northwest of the village. The High Street of the village has a burn which runs through a culvert below it. This culvert was constructed in 1875 by Dr George Arnott at his own expense. Etymology The name Ecclefechan was recorded as Egilfeichane in 1507, and is of Brittonic origin. The first element is eglẹ:s, meaning "a church" (c.f. Welsh eglwys). The second element is the equivalent of Welsh fechan, meaning "little". Comparable Welsh toponyms include Eglwysfach and Llanfechan. A lesser likel
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