News and Forthcoming Events


NEW Celebrating Cally, 25 June 2015

The event will take place in the Faed Gallery, Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet at 2 pm on 25 June.

It will be an opportunity to see what the Gatehouse of Fleet community has been doing to implement The Cally Temple conservation and historic environment awareness raising project.

Anna Johnson, National Scenic Area officer, Dumfries and Galloway Council, will explain how the Temple project fits into the Designed Landscape of Cally Management Plan.

David Steel of Gatehouse Development Initiative will make a presentation on the Temple project showing how the project has involved volunteering, historical and archaeological research, creative writing, in kind support as well as professional conservation work on the building.

Jim Logan, local volunteer, will show a short video on the conservation project.

Ken Smyth, GDI Secretary, will put the project in a European context, showing how our experience at Cally has been very useful in contributing to a Europewide Grundtvig Life Long Learning project, Rural Heritage promoter.

At about 3.30 we will then visit the Temple, where Cally Voices poet, Liz Niven, will read some work inspired by the project.


Lecture on Alan, Lord of Galloway by Professor Richard Oram, 20 June 2015

As part of Tongland and Ringford Community Council's celebration of Alan, Lord of Galloway's role in the sealing of the 'Magna Carta' at Runnymede 800 years ago in 1215, and his foundation of Tongland Abbey in 1218, Professor Richard Oram, of the University of Stirling, will present a lecture on the life and career of Alan at 3.45 pm on Saturday, 20 June 2105, in Ringford Village Hall. Alan was one of the most powerful figures in Britain in the early 13th century, with extensive land holdings in England and Scotland, and war fleets of galleys operating in the Irish Sea and around the Hebrides. Was Kirkcudbright one of his naval bases? All welcome to this free event, with tea and cakes available after the lecture!

From Dumfries, on the A75, turn off to Ringford on the A762. Continue straight on through the village, passing the junction with the A762 New Galloway road, beyond which is the village hall set back on the left side of the street.


NEW TDGNHAS Vol 83 Now Online

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Truckell Prize

The Society has revised the terms for the award of the Truckell Prize, making entry for the award open to all-comers. Full details are given in this notice.


Report of the Meeting held on 28 March 2015

The report of this meeting is now available on the Reports of meetings page.


The Galloway Picts Project

You can now follow the progress of The Galloway Picts Project using the link on the DGNHS Links page, available from the Resources drop-down menu. It can be found under the Antiquarian section.


Change of Membership Secretary

Mr Stuart McCulloch has now taken over as the DGNHAS Membership Secreatary. His contact details are on the Contacts page.


Transactions Subscribers' Secretary

Subscribers to the Transactions should note that that all matters relating to subscriptions will no longer be be handled by the Librarian, but by our newly appointed Transactions Subscribers' Secretary, Ms V.E. Weighill. Her contact details are on the Contacts page.