“Whithorn Story Street”

The video “Whithorn Story Street” was commissioned by the Whithorn Trust and made by the Whithorn Trust Young Filmmakers’ group, with instruction, guidance and editing from Urbancroft Films.

The Whithorn Business Association has worked with the group for a couple of years, starting with the (award winning) Dig TV project when they were a few years younger ! Then they made some short historical drama films for the Whithorn Trust site, relating to the buildings and history.

This time, they had much more creative freedom to choose research topics and conduct interviews, as well as filming themselves.

The filming is all theirs, though the editing was by Urbancroft Films.

Funding was received to do this from, among others Holywood Trust

With thanks to Julia Muir Watt

The Development Manager at The Whithorn Trust.


Please click on the link to view this video.

History Society programme 2018-2019

Next session’s programme and application form to join the society can be seen in our members page.

Looking forward to an interesting series of talks.

(The form is in a downloadable format)

Rock Art in Kirkcudbrightshire

Jennifer Roberts has kindly submitted this item describing the experiences of the Kirkcudbright Rock Art Group.

The term rock art refers to marks and symbols that have been engraved or painted onto natural rock surfaces. In the UK engravings on rocks generally occur in the North of England and Scotland. One third of all known prehistoric rock art in the UK is found in Scotland. Almost all prehistoric carvings in Scotland are ‘abstract’ symbols, or motifs. The area around Kirkcudbright has a large concentration of prehistoric carvings. These motifs do not represent anything recognisable to us, consequently they are known as abstract rock art.

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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, Edward Atkinson Hornel.

Please send a proposed title and abstract of 200-300 words for a 20-25 minute paper to Ben Reiss at breiss@nts.org.uk 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 continued to be a popular event during the summer with over 100 + two dogs taking part.

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!

Guides from Kirkcudbright History Society  lead the walks and explained  more about the site’s fascinating history.

An interested group during a recent walk

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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.