Wigtown, Owner dies in hotel blaze. Mr Hamish McLauchlan, owner of the Grapes Hotel, Wigtown, died in 1970 in a blaze which swept through his premises. He was alone at the time of the blaze.
The alarm was raised at 3.30am by Mrs Mary Ferries, who lived next door to the Grapes Hotel. After smelling smoke she woke up her husband, Alfred, who called the fire brigade. The hotel was badly damaged. Mrs McLauchlan was spending the week-end with relatives in Newton Stewart.