Back in 1962 & again in 1982 Kirkcowan was visited by interviewers from the School of Scottish Studies which was making recordings of Scottish History. This included songs, music, stories, customs, beliefs etc. Many of the songs and stories are no longer sung or told in the towns and villages they came from.
In 1962 they interviewed Tom McGaw, his son Pete and daughters Agnes and Meg.
In 1982 they returned and interviewed Margaret Muir and her brother David Laurie.