The trip to Hills Tower is a unique opportunity to stand on top of a 16th century tower perusing an 18th century map while looking at a 21st century landscape! The Gibbs have been good friends of DAMP and are extremely knowledgeable about their tower and the surroundings. The excursion to Drumlanrig will offer a glimpse at designed landscape on the grand scale: views of what perhaps has been as well as what might have been, under the tutelage of Prof David Munro. I am sure that you recall Graham Roberts’ enthusiasm at our AGM in showing of the maps from the Dumfries archives. We now have the privilege of seeing him in his own habitat of the Ewart Library.
Please take note that membership will be required in order to go to these events. The idea is to encourage new membership and so please join up and talk to your friends about what we are doing and get them to join as well. Although there is no charge for these events it is planned that there will be an opportunity to make a donation to the DAMP cause at the event.
There will be a limited number of spaces available at each event so please book early to avoid disappointment.
We must thank a number of people for allowing themselves to be press-ganged into doing an event and for getting everything organised. So very many thanks to the Gibbs, Prof Munro, the Duke of Buccleuch, and to Graham and the Ewart for allowing us to get a glimpse of the maps and plans of past Nithsdale. In addition many thanks to Peter and Deborah for doing all the organising.
We hope that you will be interested in what we can offer for this year and hope that you thoroughly enjoy what you see.
We are aiming to put together another trip in this calendar year and that will get sorted in the fullness of time.
1775 Estate Map of Hills Tower, Lochfoot
Saturday 7th June, start time 10am or 2pm (please state preference on booking)
A 1527 tower house with a 1721 house attached, restored by the Gibbs family since 2003. A rare opportunity to see round the Tower and to view and interpret the surrounding estate from the wall walk with the help of a copy of the estate map of 1775. (Please note that the climb to the top of the tower involves a steep spiral stair)
18th-19th Century Plans of the Gardens at Drumlanrig Castle
Monday 7th July, time to be confirmed
A visit to the Steward’s Room in Drumlanrig Castle with Professor David M. Munroe to view and discuss a selection of 18th and 19th century plans of the gardens.
Dumfries Archive Centre, Ewart Library, Dumfries
Thursday 21st August, 7pm
An introduction to the Dumfries Archive Centre and how to get the best from the valuable resources held there, from archivist Graham Roberts, including the chance to view a selection of the local maps and plans held by the centre.
There is no charge to attend events but all participants must be DAMP members. In order to encourage new members, half of the places on each event will be reserved for new members until 7 days before the event.
If you wish to book a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org . You will receive confirmation of your booking and any special instructions. Membership costs £12 per year and full details of how to join will be sent to all non-members who book on events.
DAMP is very grateful to all the above custodians of maps for making them available for members to view and for giving up their time to host events.