Wallets Marts Castle Douglas Limited
Wallets Marts Castle Douglas Limited is a share holder owned Company who specialise in marketing all classes of livestock and carrying out all aspects of Land Agency. Wallets Marts have been marketing livestock in the Stewartry since 1856 and have occupied their present 10 acre site since 1888.
The present Company was formed in 1996 and currently lease the mart site from Wallets Marts Plc. The mart itself has been extensively modernised over the years and is recognised as the premier marketing centre within South West Scotland.
Wallets business covers a wide range of services whilst retaining live auctions as its core business. We have a deadweight marketing division trading as Galloway Primestock and a highly successful Land Agency business which trades as Wallets Rural Property Services.
Wallets Marts Castle Douglas Limited are official auctioneers to the Luing Cattle Society, the Galloway Cattle Society, the Belted Galloway Cattle Society, the Salers Cattle Society and the Bluefaced Leicester Sheep Association.
Board of Directors
The Board of Wallets Marts Castle Douglas Limited is made up of seven local business men and women as follows:
Chairman – Robert McKinnel
Having loyally supported the company over a long number of years Robert McKinnel was a popular choice to join the Board in 1998. He currently farms in partnership with younger son Neil at Garrarie, Port William whilst his elder son Roy farms at Palmallet near Whithorn. Robert took on the role as Chairman in the company in August 2012, taking over from Tom Gillespie.
Vice Chairman – Margaret Kingan
Margaret Kingan is well known within the agricultural sector both locally and further afield. She farms in partnership with husband Russel and son Alistair at Lochhill and Overton, New Abbey and more recently at Tibbers at Thornhill where they run an extensive beef finishing operation. Margaret also currently serves as a director of RHET.
Managing Director – Robin B. Anderson
Robin joined Wallets Marts back in 1980 and he has progressed through the ranks since then. He was appointed interim Manager in 1995 and was appointed on to the Board as Managing Director and CEO in August of the same year. Robin is a past President of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland and still is a council member.
Director – Tim Atkinson
Tim joined Wallets Marts in June 1999 and headed up a new trading division specialising in all aspects of Land Agency namely Wallets Rural Property Services. Tim is a fully qualified Land Surveyor, he started his working career with Harrison & Hetherington on leaving school and was with them until he joined Wallets Marts.
Non Executive Directors
Tom Gillespie - Tom is currently the longest serving member of the Board having joined back in 1990. Tom has been Chairman of both Wallets Marts PLC and Wallets Marts Castle Douglas Limited since that time and only recently stepped down as Chairman in August 2012. A well known local businessman with a passion for the tourism industry he was awarded the Silver Thistle award in recognition of his contribution to the development of Tourism in Scotland.
Robert Graham – Robert is well known throughout South of Scotland and North England for both his involvement in the farming industry and his vehicle business – RKG Landrovers. A past president of the Belted Galloway Society, he has served on the Board of Wallets Marts since 1995.
Andrew Nelson - Andrew is a local farmer, farming Cogarth Farm at Parton where he runs 150 suckler cows and 600 breeding sheep in partnership with his father. Andrew is well known in Young Farmers circles having been actively involved at local and national levels. He is a past president of the Stewartry Show.