We are a private Limited Company with almost 400 shareholders and we specialise in livestock marketing, land agency and deadweight tracking.  The name “Wallets” has been linked to livestock auctioneering in Castle Douglas since humble beginnings back in 1856.  Building on honesty and integrity throughout the next 160 years or so the company are now recognised as the premier marketing centre for South West Scotland.  Sales have taken place every week on the present site since 1888 and our Number 1 sale ring is one of the oldest octagonal sale rings still in everyday use.  Its design and acoustics are second to none and whilst many modern marts have tried to emulate the quality of our mart, none have succeeded.

Whilst livestock auctioneering remains our core business, recent times have seen us successfully diversifying into land agency trading as Wallets Rural Property Services and direct farm to abattoir sales trading as Galloway Primestock.  We now trade in excess of £21 million worth of livestock annually and aim to grow this in the future.

On entering the town, you will notice the signboards heralding the Douglas coat of arms and the motto which says “Forward”.  Like Castle Douglas, Wallets have also opted for “Forward” as their motto and aim to move the company forward at every conceivable opportunity.

Board of Directors

Wallets Marts Castle Douglas Limited Board of Directors comprises of five local business men and women who meet regularly to develop strategy to be implemented by the Managing Director.  The Board is made up as follows:

Robert McKinnel

Robert McKinnel

Chairman
Robert McKinnel hails from a farming background having farmed the family farm at Garrarie, Port William. Youngest son Neil now farms this unit while Robert’s eldest son Roy farms at Palmallet, Whithorn. Having joined the Board in 1998 Robert took over the role as Chairman in 2012.
Margaret Kingan

Margaret Kingan

Vice Chair
Margaret is very well known within both the local agricultural sector and indeed further afield. Farming in Partnership with husband Russell and son Alistair they specialise in finishing both Aberdeen Angus and Continental cattle off their own units at Lochhill and Overton as well as the rented unit at Tibbers, Thornhill. Margaret is very keen on floral art and also serves as a Director of RHET.
Robin B. Anderson

Robin B. Anderson

Managing Director
Robin joined Wallets back in July 1980 starting as an Office Junior and progressing through the ranks since then. He was appointed Manager in January 1995 and voted onto the Board as Managing Director and CEO in August 1995. He was instrumental in the formation of Wallets Marts Castle Douglas Limited in January 1996 and has been “hands on” with it since then. He carries out rostrum duties as Senior Cattle Auctioneer as well as tending to the day to day running of the business. He is a past President of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland and remains a Director of their organisations.
Andrew Nelson

Andrew Nelson

Board Member
Andrew is a local beef and sheep farmer, farming at Cogarth, Parton where he runs in excess of 150 Beef Cows and 600 Breeding Sheep in partnership with his farther. Andrew is well known in Young Farmer circles having been actively involved at both local and national levels. A past President of the Stewartry Show he has also travelled extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand in his youth.
Sir Alex Fergusson

Sir Alex Fergusson

Board Member
Sir Alex joined the Board in February 2016 following his retirement from a lifetime of politics which saw him serve as Presiding Officer for the Scottish Parliament. Born into a farming background he still retains ownership of two hill units in Ayrshire. He is a past President of the Blackfaced Sheep Breeds Society.