News and Forthcoming Events


NEW Syllabus for 2016–17

The syllabus of meetings for 2016–17 is now available.


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.


Report of Meeting of 26 March 2016 now online

An account of Ivor Waddell's talk on Billy Marshall: Galloway Gypsy and Leveller — Myth and Reality can be found on the Reports of meetings page.


Report of Meeting of 26 Febrary 2016 now online

An account of Stuart McCulloch's talk on Heroine or Harlot: Eliza Smith and the New Abbey Refugees can be found on the Reports of meetings page.


Report of Meeting of 12 Febrary 2016 now online

An account of Alan Wilkins's talk on Recent Developments at Birrens Roman Fort can be found on the Reports of meetings page.


Report of Meeting of 29 January 2016 now online

An account of Penny Eley's talk on First Encounters with the Roman de Fergus — a Medieval Tale of Galloway Goings-on can be found on the Reports of meetings page.


Presentation of the Truckell Prize for 2015

This year’s Truckell Prize has been won by Mr Christoph Otte, a German postgraduate student currently carrying out research for a PhD in the Dept of History, Classics and Archaeology at Edinburgh University. Mr Otte attended the Society's meeting on Friday, 15 January, to receive the award. The Society's President, Mr Liam Murray, presented Mr Otte with the prize certificate and a cheque for £500. By a remarkable coincidence, Mr Otte comes from Gifhorn — Dumfries’s 'twin' town in Germany.

Mr Otte won the award with a research paper entitled The Place-Names of the Parish of Lochmaben — Reconstructing the Settlement Landscape of Early Medieval Dumfriesshire, c.600–1000 AD.

The award of the prize was reported in Mr Otte's local paper.


Truckell Prize

The Society has recently (18 January 2016) revised the terms for the award of the Truckell Prize. Full details are given in this notice.


Report of Meeting of 15 January 2016 now online

An account of Andrew Nicholson's talk on Excavating the Galloway Viking Hoard can be found on the Reports of meetings page.


Report of Meeting of 20 November 2015 now online

An account of Duncan Ford's talk on Fungi Folklore can be found on the Reports of meetings page.


Report of Meeting of 6 November 2015 now online

An account of David Ross's talk on Dumfries and the Railway from the Beginning until 1923 can be found on the Reports of meetings page.


Report of Meeting of 23 October 2015 now online

An account of Stuart Martin's talk on Milk! From Grass to the Table can be found on the Reports of meetings page.


Report of Meeting of 9 October 2015 now online

An account of Tam Ward's talk on Scotland's Earliest People can be found on the Reports of meetings page.