Rather interesting Dumfries facts
Did you know that the pedal bicycle was invented in Keir Mill (14 miles from Dumfries) by Kirkpatrick Macmillan , a local blacksmith, in 1839? His machine was an improvement on the scooted ‘hobbyhorse’; though heavy, his invention could manage the trip to Dumfries in an hour; and the 68 miles to Glasgow in two days. He never bothered to patent his idea.
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