The Postie Stone – Moffat, Scotland - Atlas Obscura

The Postie Stone

Moffat, Scotland

A memorial to two dedicated postal workers who lost their lives delivering mail. 

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This roadside memorial commemorates the lives of John Goodfellow, the coach driver, and James McGeorge, the coach guard of a mail coach.

The pair were on a mail coach traveling from Dumfries to Edinburgh in February 1831. They became caught in a fierce blizzard which forced them to abandon the coach and set off on foot through the snow to try and deliver the mail and make it to safety.

They took the mailbags and horses but eventually, the men were overcome by the elements and died of exposure near the head of Cross Burn. The horses continued on, eventually reaching a nearby farm which raised the alarm.

The stone was erected in their memory in 1931, a century after the event. The men were laid to rest in the churchyard in nearby Moffat.

Know Before You Go

There is a layby on the A701 across the road from the Stone for those who wish to stop to read the inscription.

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