News and Forthcoming Events


NEW Presentation of the Truckell Prize for 2016

Truckell Presentation

The 2016 Truckell Prize, awarded annually by the Society, has been won by Mr Gary Hutchison, a postgraduate student currently carrying out research for a PhD in the Dept of History, Classics and Archaeology at Edinburgh University. Mr Hutchison attended the Society’s meeting on Friday, 13 January 2017, to receive the award. The Society’s President, Dr Jeremy Brock, presented Mr Hutchison with the prize certificate and a cheque for £500.

Mr Hutchison won the award with a research paper entitled Wigtown Burghs, 1832–1868: A Rotten Burgh District? The Wigtown Burghs parliamentary constituency, comprised the burghs of Wigtown, Stranraer, Whithorn, and New Galloway from 1707 to 1885. Before 1832 it was under the control of the Earls of Galloway. Electoral politics in the constituency were significantly changed by the passing of the First Reform Act in 1832, but research shows that several critical factors continued to influence post-1832 politics locally. This calls into question the assertion that the Reform Act constituted a turning-point in Scottish and British political history. The paper will be published in the next issue of the Society’s Transactions and will be of particular interest to those interested in the political history of Wigtownshire.


Report of the meeting of 2 December 2016

This report is now available online.


TDGNHAS Volume 84 now available on line

Volume 84 of TDGNHAS is now available online.

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The Lost Dark Age of the Kingdom of Rheged

The Lost Dark Age of the Kingdom of Rheged is the book co-athored by Ronan Toolis and Christopher Bowles giving an account of the Galloway Picts Project excavations at Trusty's Hill undertaken by the Society in 2012. This is scheduled to be published by Oxbow Books in November 2016, but pre-publication orders can now be made for purchase at a much reduced price. See the flyer for a description of the book and a pre-publication order form.