1745 - the first Bridge across the River
Cree is built in the Town.
1760s - the Military Road from England to
Dumfries and Portpatrick passed through Newton
The Military Road was then used to drive
cattle from Ireland between Portpatrick
on the west coast of Scotland to Dumfries.
1778 - Sir William Douglas, the founder of
the town of Castle Douglas, gained control of
Castle Stewart estate.
Sir William Douglas changed the name of the
Town to Newton Douglas and started Factories
Spinning Cotton, manufacturing Carpets, and a
The name Newton Douglas was soon changed to
1806 - the original Bridge is destroyed in a
1813 - the present day Bridge is
1978 - a Bypass was completed on the A75
road reducing traffic through the Town.
The east side of the River Cree is known as
Minnigaff. A settlement is believed to have
been in the Minnigaff area in the 1200s, where
a Ford is close to the present day Bridge.
Today - Newton Stewart serves the farming
community with a large Cattle Market on the
south side. The Market is normally for Sheep on
Wednesday and Cattle on Friday.
The Area is popular for its outdoor
attractions such Mountains, Biking / Walking
centre's, and the 18 mile long A712 Queens Way
road between Newton Stewart and New
Galloway with a Viewing Platform over a
Glen, Hill Monument, Waterfalls, Deer Park,
Goat Park, Dam, Robert the Bruce Battle Site,
and scenic Otter Pool. Queens Way