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DGNHAS and GUARD Archaeology nominated by Current Archaeology in their Research Project of the Year

DGNHAS and GUARD Archaeology have been nominated by Current Archaeology for Rheged Rediscovered in their Research Project of the Year category in their 2018 Current Archaeology Awards.

This is a tremendous accolade for DGNHAS and Guard. Members and friends of the Society are urged to vote for the nominated project using the link above.


Reports of all meetings

Reports of all meetings so far this session are now available online.


TDGNHAS Volume 85 now available on line

Volume 85 of TDGNHAS is now available online.

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Presentation of the Truckell Prize for 2016

Truckell Presentation

The 2016 Truckell Prize, awarded annually by the Society, has been won by Mr Gary Hutchison, a postgraduate student currently carrying out research for a PhD in the Dept of History, Classics and Archaeology at Edinburgh University. Mr Hutchison attended the Society’s meeting on Friday, 13 January 2017, to receive the award. The Society’s President, Dr Jeremy Brock, presented Mr Hutchison with the prize certificate and a cheque for £500.

Mr Hutchison won the award with a research paper entitled Wigtown Burghs, 1832–1868: A Rotten Burgh District? The Wigtown Burghs parliamentary constituency, comprised the burghs of Wigtown, Stranraer, Whithorn, and New Galloway from 1707 to 1885. Before 1832 it was under the control of the Earls of Galloway. Electoral politics in the constituency were significantly changed by the passing of the First Reform Act in 1832, but research shows that several critical factors continued to influence post-1832 politics locally. This calls into question the assertion that the Reform Act constituted a turning-point in Scottish and British political history. The paper will be published in the next issue of the Society’s Transactions and will be of particular interest to those interested in the political history of Wigtownshire.