Named after Glen Coe in the Highlands of Scotland. The town was originally named Glencoe Junction, as it was a large railway junction. In time it simply became Glencoe.

Payne’s Farm, not far from the railway station, served as a Boer military hospital during the first stages of the Anglo Boer War from October 1899—February 1900.

Many of the Boer leaders, including President Paul Kruger, slept overnight in the village during the Anglo Boer War.

Glenluce Pass

Anglo-Boer War transcripts refer to this raverse as Uithoek Pass, and would have been correct at the time, as “Uithoek” farm which was owned by Voortrekker leader Karel Landman, is located at the base of the pass, which is situated just to the south of Glencoe.