Castles of Kirkcudbrightshire

Kirkcudbright History Society’s second meeting of the autumn took place on Wednesday 11th October, when guest speaker Dr. Janet Brennan gave a thorough and inspiring talk on The Castles of Kirkcudbrightshire. Dr. Brennan is well placed to speak with authority on the subject, being the former  Chair of the Scottish Castles Association, a board member of Historic Environment Scotland, and the author of Scotland’s Castles: rescued, rebuilt and reoccupied. She and her husband are also well known locally for their commendable work, together with that of their architect, in the recent restoration of Barholm Castle from a state of ivy-clad ruin, to an impressive home.

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Scotland’s Rock Art Project (ScRAP)

The audience arriving for the September meeting

The opening event of the History Society’s 2017/08 programme was an interesting, and beautifully delivered, talk by Joana Valdez-Tullett from Historic Environment Scotland.

Originally from Portugal, Joana studied for a PhD at Southampton University before joining Scotland’s Rock Art Project (ScRAP), which is hosted by Historic Environment Scotland and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council with specialist inputs from the University of Edinburgh and Glasgow School of Art.

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Graeme Cavers new book will be published in October. Information about it, including purchasing details, can be found below.

A Lake Dwelling in its Landscape presents the full results of excavations at an important, short-lived crannog site of the 5th century at Cults Loch, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland and explores both the relationship between the crannog and its social and physical landscape and the wider role and function of crannogs.

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Scottish Local History Forum- Clish- Clash, Issue 23

The latest copy has been issued and can be found at the following link

This issue contains information from various Scottish Societies including talks, walks, exhibitions and websites. For example, the following link is to images from Aberdeen Central Library which celebrates its 150th centenary in July this year.

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David R Collin’s next book is coming soon.

This a pre- publication notice about David R. Collin’s next book, “Life and Death on Little Ross

  • A tale of 117 years of devotion to duty, peacefulness and calm, disrupted by a day of inexplicable violence.
  • A community’s battle to have a lighthouse built
  • Includes extracts from a lighthouse keeper’s detailed diary written during WW1 on Little Ross

If you would like more information about the book, or an order form, please contact below for a flyer.





Andrew Douglas (1752-1830): A Tribute to His Life and Times by His Fourth Great Grandson, Michael T. Tracy


Andrew Douglas, the son of a tenant farmer, was born at Upper Senwick in Borgue Parish, Kirkcudbright, Scotland.

Douglas married Sarah Thomson in Borgue Parish and they would have six children. Andrew Douglas worked as a farm labourer firstly at Overlaw in Rerrick Parish and lastly at Little Sypland in Kirkcudbright Parish.

We are grateful to Michael Tracy who has sent us the PDF document in our Features section for inclusion in our website. It describes the life and times of Andrew Douglas as researched by Michael.