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    Dumfriesshire: A Frontier Region

    £30.00
    The first complete history of Dumfriesshire to be published.
    ISBN: 9781912476282
    AuthorAndrew J. McCulloch
    Pub Date09/08/2018
    BindingHardback
    Pages320
    Availability: In Stock

    Straddling the main western route into Scotland, Dumfriesshire was the focus of successive waves of immigrants from the Stone Age

    people onwards. They were followed by the Beaker people of the Bronze Age, and later the Celts, renowned for their iron-working skills, their

    horsemanship and their militancy. After a brief spell of Roman rule, Dumfriesshire became part of the Cumbrian kingdom of Rheged. Then

    came the Northumbrian conquerors, Viking invaders and finally Anglo-Norman settlers. Chief among them was Robert de Brus, who was

    granted the lordship of Annandale, and in 1306 his descendant King Robert Bruce usurped the throne. In an age of turbulence, Dumfriesshire

    was the main battleground of the Wars of Independence, a target of repeated English invasions, a prey to reiving, and victim of the sixteenthcentury

    religious wars. With the restoration of peace following the Union of 1707 came land improvement and the development of farming,

    which would become the mainstay of the region's economy.

    This comprehensively researched book demolishes a number of popular myths, and is a highly readable account of a region which can justly

    be described as the cockpit of southern Scotland.

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    Straddling the main western route into Scotland, Dumfriesshire was the focus of successive waves of immigrants from the Stone Age

    people onwards. They were followed by the Beaker people of the Bronze Age, and later the Celts, renowned for their iron-working skills, their

    horsemanship and their militancy. After a brief spell of Roman rule, Dumfriesshire became part of the Cumbrian kingdom of Rheged. Then

    came the Northumbrian conquerors, Viking invaders and finally Anglo-Norman settlers. Chief among them was Robert de Brus, who was

    granted the lordship of Annandale, and in 1306 his descendant King Robert Bruce usurped the throne. In an age of turbulence, Dumfriesshire

    was the main battleground of the Wars of Independence, a target of repeated English invasions, a prey to reiving, and victim of the sixteenthcentury

    religious wars. With the restoration of peace following the Union of 1707 came land improvement and the development of farming,

    which would become the mainstay of the region's economy.

    This comprehensively researched book demolishes a number of popular myths, and is a highly readable account of a region which can justly

    be described as the cockpit of southern Scotland.