Series Information: Dumfries & Galloway

Books on Dumfries & Galloway include general social history and The Maxwell of Kirkconnell Archive.

See also books on Dumfries & Galloway in Smuggling and Slave Trade sections

Annandale's Smuggling Story

This book was inspired by the research for Annan Museum's exhibition: Whisky, Wine and Wherry Boats.

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2015
ISBN: 978-1-897725-33-7
A4 160pp ringbound
£15.00


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Links between Galloway and Virginia

This story links families living in Galloway and Virginia. It is written from the Scottish perspective, using information at the National Library and the National Archives in Edinburgh and in a private archive in Galloway. George McMurdo is the central character because his papers have survived at all these locations, making it possible to reconstruct the lives of people with whom he was connected on both sides of the Atlantic. An attempt is made to dsicover if McMurdo was a rogue, as several members of his family and his business and other contacts, including James Murray of Broughton, believed or merely a man of his times.

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2015
ISBN: 978-1-897725-10-8
A4 160pp ringbound
£20.00


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A History of Dumfries and Galloway in 100 Documents Part 2

The second twenty documents:
  • Saltpans Description, 1714; Dispute at Ruthwell, 1800
  • Customs & Excise A hundred years of the Dumfries Custom House, 1720 to 1820; A hundred years of Superannuation, 1760 to 1860
  • Richard Lowthian & James Ewart and Robert Cutler, 1762; & George McKenzie and Netherwood, 1780
  • The Slave Trade A Savannah, Georgia Store, 1766; Anthony McCulloch, Maryland 1769; A Plantation Account Book, 1771 to 1776
  • Three Tongland Mills The Paper Mill, 1766; The Corn Mill, 1788; The Farina Mill, 1846
  • Smugglers John Rome and William Graham, 1776; Richrad Hetherton and the Earl of Mansfield, 1816
  • Libraries & Books Robert Stewart: Narrative of a Transaction, 1767; The books belonging to Robert Burns at his death, 1794
  • Dr Williams Maxwell, again & Netherwood, 1816
  • Matter Medical John Threshie, surgeon and apohthecary, 1820
  • Newspapers The Dumfries & Galloway Courier: Mr Green, the celebrated Aeronaut, 1832; Cholera in Dumfries, 1832

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2013
ISBN: 978-1-897725-91-7
134pp ringbound
£15.00


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A History of Dumfries and Galloway in 100 Documents Part 3

The third twenty documents:
  • Physical Receipts Two 17th Centuury Herbals
  • Kirkcudbright Trade The Basil Warehouse, 1736; John Freeland's Store Yard, 1747
  • Smuggling & Smugglers John Irving of Seafield, 1762
  • Banks and Bankers James Ewart, accountant, Royal Bank, 1764
  • Mills & Millers Gordon, Grayson & Co., 1768
  • Lifestyles The Divorce between Houston Stewart Nicolson & Margaret Porterfield, 1769; John Alexander, Huntsman to the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, 1807; A Milliner and Dressmaker's Account, 1822; Danevale Park, a House & its Garden, 1833
  • Slaving & Slavery John Park & Co., 1774; George Macewan and Granada, 1834
  • The Fencibles The Holywood Club, 1799
  • Links with India & Ceylon The Trials & Tribulations of John Vans Agnew, 1801; David Alexander Maitland of Barcaple & Ceylon, 1846
  • Newspapers The Dumfries Courier & John Syme's Obituary, 1831
  • Nurserymen James Credie's Customer Book, 1847
  • A Library & a Book The Cally Sale Catalogue, 1846; Memorabilia Curliana Mabenensia, 1830

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2013
ISBN: 978-1-897725-92-4
132pp ringbound
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A History of Dumfries and Galloway in 100 Documents Part 1

The first twenty documents:
  • Smugglers & Smuggling Considerations Concerning His Majestyís Customs, 1688; Matthew Quirk and John Buchanan & Company, 1786; Thomas Allason, 1799; End of a Myth: The Mull of Galloway Smuggling Company and Balcary Bay, 1782
  • Mills A Threat to Terregles Mill in 1763
  • Banks and Bankers Alexander Johnston, Hugh Lawson and Company Bankers in Dumfries 1766-1771; Forgery and Reward, 1784; Galloway Banking Company, Castle Douglas, 1806-1821
  • The Slave Trade Three Years on the Dundee Estate, Jamaica 1775-1778
  • Dr William Maxwell & the French Revolution, 1792; & Dr Edward Jenner of Berkeley, England, 1821; A Book Dedication and the Book Itself, 1827
  • Craftsmen John Gibson, Cabinet Maker in Dumfries, His Notebook, 1800-1820
  • Drovers & Droving The Brothers William, Robert & Samuel Herries, Cattle Drovers and Dealers, 1800
  • Libraries Admiral Keith Stewart of Glassertonís Library, 1801
  • Trade Two Linen Drapers in Annan, 1816
  • Folklore The Mermaid of Galloway, 1818
  • Newspapers The Dumfries Times, 1833 to 1842
  • Crime Henry Dobson & Five Women, 1849

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2012
ISBN: 978-1-897725-90-0
A4 160pp ringbound
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Lock, Stock & Barrel: Robert Burns, Dr. William Maxwell & a Pair of Pistols

On his deathbed the poet, Robert Burns gave his doctor, William Maxwell a pair of pistols. These pistols had been given to Burns by their mutual acquaintance the gunsmith, David Blair of Birmingham. Maxwell outlived Burns by nearly 40 years, dying in the arms of Bishop Gillis at his house in Edinburgh. In 1859, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Burns, the Bishop presented a pair of pistols to the Society of Antiquaries for Scotland, believing these to be the pair given to Maxwell by Burns. He was mistaken. Where are the Blair Pistols now?

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2009
ISBN 978 1 897725 31 3
A5 32pp paperback
£3.00


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See also Exhibitions 2009

James Maxwell and Prince Charles' Expedition 1745-46

James Maxwell of Kirkconnell with his servant William Carruthers joined Prince Charles Edward Stuart at Edinburgh in 1745. Maxwell served in the Prince's army as one of the captains in Lord Elcho's Troop of Lifeguards. This meant that he accompanied the Prince on his expedition into England, the retreat to Scotland, at the battle of Falkirk and finally on Culloden Moor. Carruthers returned to Kirkconnell instead of going to England but Maxwell had to escape from the vengeance of the Duke of Cumberland's troops. He went to France, where he wrote a Narrative of the Prince's Expedition.

Although there are innumerable accounts of the 'Forty-Five, the one written by James Maxwell stands out. Described as 'rather to appear the production of a practised litterateur than the work of a private gentleman, who merely aimed at giving memoranda of a series of remarkable events which he had chanced to witness', Maxwell's Narrative is based on his own experiences together with intimate details of the meetings of the Prince's Council of War. It is Maxwell's personal commentary on events which makes this story of so great interest, particularly as it reflects the views of a 'local man' from near New Abbey in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright. Although the Narrative was not published until 1841 it had been quoted by Walter Scott in The Tales of a Grandfather and used in works of both fiction and fact before that date.

This book reproduces the Narrative in shortened form, without omitting any of James Maxwell's personal comments. It provides details of Maxwell's life in France and Holland, before his return to Kirkconnell in 1749. His ambitious building of a new section to the House, his marriage and final illness are also included.

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2008
ISBN 978 1 897725 26 9
A5 144pp paperback
£10.00


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See also the Manx Series

See also Exhibitions 2008

200 Years of Kirkconnell Garden

Inspired by the Kirkcudbright Festival of Gardening and Country Life in July 2008, this booklet describes the plants grown in Kirkconnell garden between 1699 and 1900, which marked the death of John Harper, head gardener.

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2008
ISBN 978 1 897725 29 0
A5 32pp paperback
£3.00


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See also Exhibitions 2008