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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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John Laurie
Kirsty Wark
Sir John Richardson
William Paterson

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Magna Carta Signed - 1215, The Peasants' Revolt ends - 1381, First Botanic Garden in Britain - 1621, Alcock and Brown complete 1st non stop flight across the Atlantic - 1919
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