A-Z of Dumfries (Nov)

A-Z of Dumfries

  • Stock No
  • 56504
  • 9781445664729
  • Author
  • Mary Smith & Keith Kirk
  • Format
  • PB


The town of Dumfries, in the south-west of Scotland, known as ‘The Queen of the South’, became a royal burgh in 1186 and grew into an important market town and port in the mediaeval period. During its often turbulent past, Dumfries played an important role in the Wars of Independence as the starting point of Robert the Bruce’s campaign for the Scottish throne, and later hosted Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite army. The poet Robert Burns spent his last years in Dumfries and in the 18th and 19th centuries the port of Dumfries benefited from trade with the Americas, as well as being a major exporter of tweed. During the Second World War Dumfries was home to the Norwegian Army in exile and although the port has closed today it is the administrative centre for the Dumfries and Galloway region.
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