Hello and welcome

Hello and welcome to the new blog for the Lochbrow Landscape Project, a new research project investigating the prehistoric sites and landscapes around Lochbrow in Dumfries and Galloway.

We will be updating this blog as the project progresses, and will be posting the outcomes of our surveys. Click on the menu above to find out more about the project and the research techniques employed.

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7 Responses to Hello and welcome

  1. Lynn Sterner says:

    I am descended from William Halliay (1648) of Lochbrow farm.

    • Dottie_GM says:

      That’s neat! What can you tell us about the history of the farm?

      • Lynn says:

        Not much, I am hoping to find someone who can tell me more. I know in 1835 the farm was owned by the Marquis of Annandale. Half farmed by William Halliday and the other half was farmed by the Rogerson family. They grew turnips, I don’t know if there were any other crops. There is a plan of the farm in a private collection listed in the Scotland Archives that I am going to try to get a copy of but I have to contact them.

      • Lynn says:

        You probably know more than me. Here is a little Halliday history. We are supposedly descended from a mixed race of Celts, Picts, Danes, and Saxons that farmed their own land and were there when the Romans arrived. YDNA testing indicates that my paternal line is descended from a Norseman who possibly arrived in Scotland around 900AD. First written record is 1190 AD when we sent archers to the Crusades. Then 1297 Thomas Halliday of Corehead Tower is mentioned. Most early records are probably gone since the area was sacked and burned several times by the English. For further research I was going to look for writings from the Roman stations in the area and the Marquise of Annandale.

      • Lynn says:

        Have you checked out the Nationl Geographic Genographic Project that is using DNA to track migration routes. Also the Scottish DNA project administered by the University of Strayhclyde and the Halliday DNA project at Family Tree DNA. The Hallidays are part of haplogroup I1.

  2. Margaret Hutt says:

    I am also descended from William Halliday 1648. My maiden name was Halliday. I would be very interested to hear any information on Lochbrow Farm and the history of the area.

    • Hello and thanks for your comment. That’s really interesting to hear. We’ve come across several people so far with a connection to Lochbrow, which is really interesting for us. So far our work has focused on the prehsitoric landscape at Lochbrow (dating from the Neolithic period to the Iron Age) and we have collected lots of survey data that we are still working through. What we do know is that Lochbrow was the location of a significant amount of activity in prehistory, and we have evidence for ceremonial activity in the Neolithic period, burial activity in the Bronze Age and settlements dating to the Iron Age. I can’t tell you anything yet about the later history of Lochbrow, and we are still working through all of the data we’ve gathered so far. However, you can keep up-to-date with our work on this website and there’s some information about the work we’ve done so far and some preliminary results in the results pages on the website. I’m sorry that I can’t give you any more information at present, but do keep checking the website if you are interested and feel free to contact us again in the future as we develop our work at Lochbrow.

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