News and Forthcoming Events


NEW 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.


NEW ARP 2016: Archaeological Research in Progress

ARP 2016 is a one-day conference to be held in The Volunteer Hall Galashiels on Saturday, 28 May 2016. It is jointly organised by Archaeology Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Two of the talks are about a couple of sites in Dumfries and Galloway: Burnswark and Black Loch of Myrton. A full programme and application form are available for perusing, downloading and printing.


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.