A Frontier Region
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No one has written about Dumfriesshire with such clear-eyed energy and verve as Andrew McCulloch'
About the Book
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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