About the Midsteeple
The Midsteeple is an historic listed building in the centre of Dumfries.
In 1796 the body of poet Robert Burns lay in the courtroom of the Midsteeple until his funeral on Monday July 25th. A huge procession ran all the way to St Michael's Church.
There are two large stone crests on the side of the building , the Royal Arms of Scotland and St Michael, the patron saint of Dumfries. There is also a relief map of the town as well as a mileage table erected in 1827 showing local distances and includes Huntingdon, 272 miles where cattle were herded to trade.
In the early 1970's the steeple was found to be leaning and was on the verge of being demolished. But, "The Save Our Steeple" campaign won and it was then strengthened. It became the headquarters of the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages and many weddings took place here right up to the late 90's.
Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the new Plainstanes area on 14 July 2010. Her Majesty The Queen unveiled a plaque to commemorate the event. The plainstanes hosts the annual "Guid Nychburris" festival, with the enactment of receiving the charter granting Dumfries Royal Burgh Status and crowning of the Queen Of the South.