Launch of the book Kirkpatrick Fleming: On the Borders of History
In September 2011, the small Annandale parish of Kirkpatrick Fleming saw the launch of a book celebrating the history and archaeology of the parish from the Bronze Age to the present day. The 208-page hardback — Kirkpatrick Fleming: On the Borders of History — was based on extensive research carried out by retired history teacher Duncan Adamson. Its publication was made possible thanks to a bequest to the DGNHAS for the purpose of researching and recording parish history and archaeology from a former Kirkpatrick resident, Ann Hill of Ayr, who grew up in the parish. Duncan Adamson's death, shortly after beginning work on writing the book, meant that the project was taken on by his daughter Sheila, an author, with the help of her mother, Eva and several members of the Society, including John Gair, Morag Williams and John Williams.
A crowded audience in Kirkpatrick Fleming's Victoria Hall gathered to hear talks by Sheila and Eva Adamson, John Gair, Morag Williams and Dr Alastair Duncan, son of a former parish minister the Reverend Eric Duncan, as well as enjoying a presentation by pupils from the Primary School.
In his tribute and appreciation to everyone who had worked on the book, Mr Gair described the finished work as “wonderfully written and very readable”. He recognised that those involved in its production were lucky to have had help from innumerable people from the parish and beyond.
Eva Adamson said how much her husband had enjoyed talking to elderly people in the area in the course of his research, while Sheila outlined the task she faced of creating a “coherent narrative” from her father's numerous files of research. She said her aim had been to put the history of this parish into the wider context of Scotland's history, giving as an example the impact of both agricultural and industrial revolutions on the area. The book allows fascinating insights into the lives of many of Kirkpatrick Fleming's colourful characters over the centuries and Sheila read a few extracts to illustrate these entertaining tales and to whet the appetite of the audience for more. This would certainly appear to have been successful as more than 200 books were sold during the afternoon.
Copies of Kirkpatrick Fleming: On the Borders of History are now available from Moffat's shop and Cove shop, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Annan Museum, the Ewart Library in Dumfries, and Dumfries Museum. They can also be obtained by calling O1387 710274.
Photographs courtesy of Allan Devlin and as featured in Dumfries and Galloway Life.
Excursion to Borgue Church and Castle Haven Dun
Presented below are photographs taken during the Society’s excursion to Borgue Church and Castle Haven galleried dun on Saturday, 17 July 2010.
The Society would like to thank Mr Simon Brown for permitting access to Castle Haven Dun, Mrs Elizabeth Brown and Mr Adam Gray for their assistance and Jane Brann for providing the photographs.