The Camera, Social Networks and The Inaccessible, from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day

The National Trust for Scotland is pleased to invite papers for the first Morton Photography Symposium, to be held on Tuesday 9th April, 2019 at Broughton House & Garden, Kirkcudbright:

 This symposium is inspired by a collection of photographs held at Broughton House in Kirkcudbright; the home of Scottish painter, Edwin Atkinson Hornel.

Please send a proposed title and abstract of 200-300 words for a 20-25 minute paper to Ben Reiss at by Friday 12th October. Scholars at any stage of their career are encouraged to submit proposals. Any enquiries about delivering a paper or attending the symposium may also be directed to Ben at this address, or please phone 07864 918969.

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The Kirkyard trail continues to be a popular event during the summer in the town. Following the success of the walks over the last five years, Kirkcudbright History Society arrange a series of weekly guided walks around Kirkcudbright’s historic kirkyard. Although a little off the beaten track for many visitors, the setting and history of Kirkcudbright kirkyard makes it well worth seeking out. Up the hill and out of town on the Gelston Road, Kirkcudbright kirkyard occupies a tranquil location with outstanding views over Kirkcudbright and the River Dee. It is particularly important as the site of the original kirk of St Cuthbert, possibly built around 750-800 AD, which gave the present town of Kirkcudbright its name. It is also the site of the most southerly Viking burial in Scotland, of renewed significance now following the recent discovery of the Galloway Viking Hoard. There is much of historical interest besides this, not least the variety of gravestones and the individuals commemorated on them. Of particular note is the headstone of Billy Marshall – the ‘Gypsy King’ – which records that he lived to the age of 120. It is also said that he was legally married 17 times!

The walks are free and open to all. Guides from Kirkcudbright History Society will lead the walks and look forward to explaining more about the site’s fascinating history.

Meet at the kirkyard’s main gate.

An interested group during a recent walk

Wednesday July 25th 7.00pm

Wednesday August 1st 2.30pm

Wednesday August 8th 7.00pm

Wednesday August 15th 2.30pm

Kirkcudbright History Society

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A conference organised by the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society, in collaboration with The Crichton Trust


Past, Present and Future

Sunday September 16th 2018, The Duncan Room, Easterbrook Hall,

The Crichton, Dumfries

A conference organised by the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society, in collaboration with The Crichton Trust

The cost (non-returnable) is £25 per person (£10 for full-time students), including coffee, tea, and lunch. The deadline for registration is August 29 2018



If you would like a copy of the programme and entry form please contact

An electronic copy can be obtained from


The Scots in Australia

Following on from our talks by Donald Cowell and the recent research to be found in Featured Articles, this book might be of interest.

The Scots in Australia, 1788-1938 (1) (Scottish Historical Review Monograph Second Series) Hardcover – 17 Nov 2017

by Benjamin Wilkie (Author)

Despite their significant presence, Scots have often been invisible in histories of Australian migration. This book illuminates the many experiences of the Scots in Australia, from the first colonists in the late-eighteenth century until the hopeful arrivals of the interwar years. It explores how and why they migrated to Australia, and their lives as convicts, colonists, farmers, families, workers, and weavers of culture and identity. It also investigates their encounters with the Australian continent, whether in its cities or on the land, and their relationship with its first peoples; and their connections to one another and with their own collective identities, looking at diversity and tension within the Scottish diaspora in Australia. It is also a book about the challenges of finding a place for oneself in a new land, and the difficulties of creating a sense of belonging in a settler colonial society.

Dr Benjamin Wilkie is a Lecturer in Australian Studies and Early Career Development Fellow at Deakin University, Australia.



The Solway Military Coast Book

Sarah Harper has collated the research gathered by herself and Edwin Rutherford, to produce “The Solway Military Coast: A Story of Conflict, Courage and Community”. Using first-hand accounts, primary and secondary sources from newspapers, local museums and archives, this book highlights the impact of the Second World War on the Solway Coast area. It explores the stories of evacuees coming to the area, the MOD Depots at Eastriggs and Longtown, ICI Powfoot, the Gretna Bombing, RAF Annan and the introduction of Chapelcross Nuclear Power Station. The book is available at the museum for £9.95. Copies can be mailed for an additional £2.

Solway Coastwise

Solway Coastwise is a project that is discovering coastal place names and the stories behind them.  Locals are encouraged to share the inspirational Dumfries and Galloway coastline through activities, events, electronic and printed media.

The Dumfries and Galloway coast has a wonderful variety of features, both natural and man-made. Cliffs, creeks, lighthouses and beaches contribute towards a fascinating array of names, all affording the prospect of finding out more about local traditions, environment, histories and relationships between communities and the sea.

Torrs Cave. Photograph D R Collin

Solway Coastwise has produced a NEW CAVES AND GRAVES GUIDE, an introduction to some of the stories that have inspired place names along the Dumfries and Galloway coast

For more information about the project contact

Contact Details:

Solway Coastwise Co-ordinator:

Nic Coombey

Phone: (01387) 702363

Solway Coastwise Assistant:

Morag Walker

Phone: (01387) 702182