"Dumfriesshire, maritime Co., on S. border of Scotland; adjoins the cos.
of Lanark, Peebles, and Selkirk on the N., and on the S. is washed by the
Solway Firth; extends about 53 miles NW. and SE. between Ayrshire and Cumberland,
and about 32 miles NE. and SW. between Roxburghshire and Kirkcudbrightshire;
coast-line, about 20 miles; area, 680,217 ac., pop. 76,140, or 72 persons
to each sq. mile. " from Bartholemew's Gazetteer of the British Isles,