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Lady Devorgilla in Stone

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At Whitesands along the River Night which runs through Dumfries.


Walking on from the kinetic hangings and the curved railings beyond the Devorgilla Bridge, we come to Matt Baker’s granite sculpture of Lady Devorgilla. Many people must walk past without realizing a sculpture is on the river side of the wall beside a flight of steps. She is set into the sandstone wall, looking across the river. The figure was inspired by Lady Devorgilla Baillol who reputedly had the first wooden bridge across the bridge built in the thirteenth century.


She was the daughter of Alan, Lord of Galloway and married John Balliol when she was only 13. In her own right she was a wealthy and powerful woman. Although her husband founded Balliol College, Oxford (for poor scholars) she made a permanent endowment to the college to secure its future. She also founded Greyfriars Monastery in Dumfries. On the death of her husband she established a Cistercian Monastery at New Abbey, a few miles from Dumfries. She had his heart embalmed and carried it with her in an ivory casket. When she died she was buried at the abbey church she had founded, with her husband’s heart beside her. Is this a romantic tale, or is carrying your dead husband’s heart around a bit weird? The monks clearly decided on romantic, calling the abbey Dulce Cor, meaning sweet heart.


Now, carved in granite from salvaged harbour kerbs, Devorgilla stands gazing serenely across the caul. When the River Nith floods, which it does frequently, the sculpture is partially submerged and becomes part of the river in a powerful way.


Originally, a second part of Matt Baker’s installation was situated on the other side of the river. It was a translucent etching of a woman about to cross the river, laminated in glass with an oak frame. She was there for nine years before being destroyed, in 2007, by spring floods.


The Picts, Uncategorized
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“The Mystical Picts of Ancient Scotland”



Of all the mysteries in Ancient Scotland none are more mystical than the Pictish Runes and Engravings on the countless Standing Stones in the North East of Scotland. Did the Picts in prehistoric times for-tell the passing of Planet Nibiru every 3600 years by using the mythical “Black Mirror?”

blackmirrorsMadame Blavatsky describes how, whilst attempting to retrieve their stolen goods, the ‘Koodian’ (sorcerer) produced, from its case, a mirror of the kind known as ‘Persian Mirrors’.

It is on the Pictish engravings you see the ‘Black Mirror’, and the case in which it was kept.

These ‘Magic Mirrors’ which were generally black in colour were prepared in the Province of Agra in India, but also came from China and Tibet. They are also found in Ancient Egypt and it is said the ancestors of the Quichés brought them to Mexico.

The last mention we have is the Inca – when Pizarro demanded a room full of gold for the release of his captive, the Queen consulted the ‘Oracles’. During the consultation the Chief-Priest showed her, in the consecrated ‘Black Mirror’, the unavoidable murder of her husband.

thentheyvanishedThen they vanished, never to be seen or used again – what happened to these mystical artifacts from the Ancient World?

The Picts obviously had the use of these ‘Mirrors’ precisely why they portrayed them on their ‘Sacred Standing Stones’ – but what about the ‘Tuning Fork’ – (the name academics give to what looks like a ‘tuning fork’)

This object would have been quite large and struck on a hard surface giving off a loud sound. The accompanying vibrations would have raised the vibrations of the ‘Seer’ – the one who was using the ‘Mirror’ – similar to the Tibetan gongs and bells, or alternatively the repeating of a ‘mantra’.

onmanyengravingsOn many engravings is a large globe with two small circles, one on each side. This could well be a simple ‘Quaig’ (a bowl) — but why would this be so important as to be recorded for future generations to see on so many different stones?

Is the large globe the Sun with the Earth on one side and Nibiru on the other?

onthisstoneOn this stone in the center are 12 globes, these are the twelve planets in our solar system, including Nibiru – the 12th Planet.

On the bottom left corner panel is the Sun with Planet Earth and Nibiru on it’s journey through our Solar System.

And on the right side?

Lost City

This is a Lost City discovered off the coast of Cuba.


The city plan looking very similar to the to the lay-out on the Pictish Standing Stone.

The Picts had direct contact with the Atlantean Civilisation precisley why they came to possess these “Magic Mirrors”. Atlantis was not just a city — it was civilisation encompassing the entire planet — they were the Fourth Root Race — the Legendary “Super-Race”.

The mystery of the Pictish engravings has never been solved and it is only when our minds are opened to an alternative way of thinking will we be able to understand “Why” the Ancients took so much time and energy to leave us with such mysteries?


Thank you Jim Davidson

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Northern Ireland, Uncategorized

The Derrygonnelly Farmhouse Ghost

The Derrygonnelly Farmhouse Ghost

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Ghosts in Ireland, like ghosts all round the world, can attach themselves to families or in particular family members. The Derrygonnelly farmhouse ghost seemed to do just that.


This haunting of a family, in particular their daughter, takes place in a Derrygonnelly farmhouse just outside Enniskillen- Carruthersland, in County Fermanagh in the late 19th Century


The Derrygonnelly Farmhouse Ghost


Farmhouses around the 19th Century in Ireland typically consisted of a living room, which would have also been used as a kitchen, and two rooms off to the side which would have been bedrooms divided out among the family.


Of course there would have been no such thing as electricity and if you were lucky oil lamps would have been the order of the day. All cooking and heat would have come from a large open fire burning mainly wood and turf, the latter being dug in the summer and stored away for the colder months.


This farmhouse consisted of the farmer who was widowed (mortality was very high in Ireland around this time), his son and four daughters. The eldest of these children was Maggie who was around twenty when the haunting started and they seemed to centre on her.


Stories of haunted farmhouses are two a penny in Ireland but what makes this one unique is not the haunting but the fact that it was investigated by some high-powered ghost watchers, including Sir William Barrett, a former president of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) and also a distinguished scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society.


The farmhouse ghost

The first signs that anything was amiss was when loud rapping and scratching sounds could be heard throughout the night. Then objects started to move about, items would be found outside the farmhouse, especially after a night of continuous banging and rapping noises. Lamps and candles proved impossible to keep in the cottage and were always found outside in the morning.


The father, a Methodist, was told to leave a Bible open, its pages weighted down by stones in the room that Maggie and her sisters occupied. This was to be to no avail as the stones were removed and indeed the pages of the Bible were found ripped out.


Sir William Barrett visited along with Mr. Thomas Plunkett from Enniskillen and in his report, quoted in part by Peter Underwood in the Gazetteer of Scottish and Irish Ghosts states:


After the children except the boy and Maggie had retired to bed Maggie lay fully clothed on top of the bed so that her arms and legs could be seen at all times. The rest of us settled around the kitchen fire when faint rapping sounds could be heard these got louder apparently coming from the walls, the ceilings and other parts of the bedroom to which the door had been left open.


On entering the room with a lamp the noises stopped but commenced again once the lamp had been placed in the windowsill. I kept the boy and his father by my side and asked Mr. Plunkett to look around outside. I eventually was able to approach the bed where I saw the younger children asleep and Maggie lying motionless whereas the noises were still as loud as ever. Under close inspection there was no explanation for the noises or items moving. Suddenly a pebble landed on the bed beside Maggie with no matter of explanation.


Barrett visited the farmhouse on the next three nights with other members of the SPR and the events were the same with the noises repeating themselves. Additional experiments were carried out by Barrett and others prompted by the farmer Barrett asked questions the answers being given by a number of raps, every time the correct number of raps was given.


Finally one of Barrett’s companions Rev. Maxwell Close read some passages from the Bible first to tremendous din which gradually got fainter until the noises disappeared by the time he got to the Lord’s Prayer. After that the Derrygonnelly haunting came to a stop.

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History Of Vikings Invading Ireland

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History Of Vikings Invading Ireland


History Of Vikings Invading Ireland


When the Vikings arrived in Ireland they were the first influx of new people to the island since the Celts arrival during the Iron Age Period.    Now, the Celts were the ancestors from Gutland.   We know our ancestors from Gutland came to Scotland in a large wave in approximatley 400 AD.   They were hired to fight!   This we just learn a few years ago, and now we know more that the Carruthers DNA was in Ireland and Scotland way before 400 AD.   Yes, we were Celts, Guts, Goths, and more names as mentioned in a previous blog.  Around 700 AD, the Celts, Guths and all were now called Vikings.

For over 8 centuries Ireland was left untouched from external attacks unlike neighboring Britain who faced conquests from the Romans and Germanic people.

The first Vikings to arrive in Ireland were from the Norse or Scandinavian Countries who were out to discover new lands and create settlements. They had also settled in Scotland and, like Ireland, they began to settle within the local population. In Scotland these people became known as The Gallowglasses who would later arrive Ireland as hired mercenaries.  As said along the way of the Carruthers Path, they got paid to fight for whoever paid them the most.


The arrival of Vikings in Ireland

The first attack by the Vikings in Ireland was recorded to have happened in 795AD by Irish monks in the Annals of Ulster.  This does not mean these were the first Vikings to be in Ireland, but this was the time the educated Monks started to record it.

It is believed Rechru was referring to an attack on the monastery at Rathlin island which is located on the north eastern coast of Ireland. For the next 30 – 40 years Viking attacks on Ireland remained low with only one or two attacks each year. The Irish natives resisted such Viking attacks on a few occasions and in 811 the Ulaidh slaughtered the Vikings attempting to raid Ulster but in 823 the Vikings returned to attack and pillage Bangor, they repeated such attacks the following year.


Viking Settlements in Ireland

At first the Vikings in Ireland stayed within 20 miles of the coast unsure what lay ahead inland so they kept their attacks along the coast targeting Irish monasteries. They made more permanent settlements with their first “wintering over” located at Lough Neagh during 840 AD and 841 AD. The following year Viking settlements were established in Dublin (named Dubhlinn), Cork and Waterford (named Vadrefjord).


Between 849-852 AD saw the arrival of a new Viking, the Danes, who were named by the Irish as the dark foreigners. The more settled Vikings in Ireland, the Norse, named the new arrivals the fair foreigners and before long they both battled in the Irish Sea and Strangford Lough.


Viking attacks on Irish towns

The Vikings start their attack on IrelandIn 860 AD the Vikings of Waterford attacked the King of Israige but were slaughtered and attacks against the Vikings in Ireland increased. 6 years later the settlement longphort was destroyed and the King of Northern Uí Néill managed to rid the Vikings from Ulster. In 887AD the Connacht men slaughtered the Vikings of Limerick and by 892 AD Vikings in Wexford, Waterford and St Mullins were also slaughtered.


For the next ten years the Vikings focused their attacks elsewhere in Europe but with less opportunities they returned to Ireland in 914 AD but with a much larger force than before, Vikings of Britain also joined the attacks by sailing across the Irish Sea in their Viking ships.


After the death of Niall Glundubh in 919 AD Ulster became vulnerable with the Viking raiding Tír Conaill and Armagh. 5 years later in 924 AD over 32 ships entered Lough Foyle and the Vikings returned to Lough Erne setting up their fleets. Once again Ireland became enslaved by the over whelming power of the Vikings but would not last very long.


Irish Monasteries a target for Vikings in Ireland

Irish monasteries lacked defences from Viking attacks even though they had faced attacks from the Irish previous to the arrival of the Vikings. A new form of building was constructed known as ‘round towers’ built by stone and proved strong in defence. It had a unique feature of having only one entrance to the round tower that was at least 10ft from the ground so a ladder was needed to gain entry. Round towers can still be seen today dotted around the Irish countryside and their unique features still standing strong.


The Irish rebel against Viking invasions

An Axe used by the IrishNiall Glundubh’s son, Muircertach, took revenge in setting up attacks from his base, Grianan of Aileach in County Dongeal, which still stands today and is a perfect example of round forts in Ireland. Muircertach won victories over the Vikings in battles such in 926 AD on Strangford Lough and in Dublin in 939 AD. He went onto the Scottish Isles with his Ulster fleet attacking Viking settlements in 941 but died in Combat in 943 AD.


Brian Boru of Dál Cais became King of Munster and called himself the High King of All Ireland after his brother was killed during battle. With the help of the Uí Néill, Brian Boru slaughtered the Vikings of Dublin and was recognised as the High King in 1002.


If you cant beat them join them, just as the Vikings did


One of the main reasons the Vikings failed to take full control of the island is that they made the mistake of getting involved with Ireland’s internal affairs which seen many clans battle with each other for control of different regions. The Vikings joined forces with the clan of Leciester to defeat Brian Boru and called on forces to come to Ireland from all over the Viking Kingdom.


On Good Friday 1014 the Viking fleet arrived in Dublin bay to battle with Brian Boru. Brian’s Army consisted of his Munster army and the Limerick and Waterford Vikings, who had joined forces with Brian Boru. Although Brian was killed, at an age of 70, as he prayed in his tent for victory the Vikings were driven back to the Viking ships with many being slaughtered on the coast of Clontarf which would see Viking power in Ireland lost forever.


Although the Viking power was taken away it is well known they helped the Irish progress in terms of technology in building warships, weapons and battle tactics and also built the first towns such as Dublin, Cork and Waterford. Many Vikings still lived on in Ireland and married into Irish families which would help shape many future generations.

Viking settlement, hillside, Cork, Ireland

With the invasion of the Vikings and internal disputes the Church in Ireland was reduced and its influence abroad was dramatically smaller than previous years. Rome was quite worried that Ireland was losing touch with Christianity and the country would need reformed and disciplined yet again. Malachy of Armagh, aged 29, would be appointed Bishop of Down and Connor in the North East.

(Picture is of Viking Settlement in Cork IRE)


Time line of Vikings in Ireland

795AD – The Vikings arrived in Ireland and performed small raids

806AD – The Vikings raided Iona Abbey, all 68 occupants were killed

832AD – 120 Viking ships arrived in Ireland’s north eastern coasts

836AD – The Vikings began to attack deeper inland

841AD – Dubhlinn (Dublin) was created as a Viking settlement

856AD – The Vikings created a settlement near Cork

848AD – The Viking army are defeated in Sligo, Kildare, Cashel and Cork

850AD – The Vikings created the settlement of Waterford

851AD – Battle at Dundalk bay between Norse and Danish Vikings takes place

852AD – Armagh is destroyed by Vikings

869AD – King of Connaught defeated the Norwegian Vikings near Drogheda

902AD – The Irish attacked and drove the Vikings from Dublin into Wales

914AD – Large Viking Fleets arrived at Waterford. Settlements in Limerick and Wexford were built

915AD – The Vikings attacked Dublin and regained control from the Irish

928AD – Viking Massacre at Dunmore Cave in Kilkenny

976AD – Brian Boru becomes King of Munster

980AD – The Battle of Tara

999AD – Brian Boru defeats the Vikings

1002AD – Brian Boru becomes High King of Ireland

1005AD – Máel Mórda mac Murchada begins to rebel against Brian Boru

1014AD – Battle of Clontarf – Brian Boru & Máel Mórda mac Murchada are killed

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Annan Castle and the Vampires

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The true vampire story of Annan Castle, Scotland



The ancient red-sandstone royal burgh of Annan, Carruthersland – named for the river on which it stands – was a stronghold of the Bruce’s and the home of Robert de Brus ‘The Competitor’, Lord of Annandale, grandfather of Robert I, The Bruce.   Annan Castle was built by King Willian The Lion, in the mid 1100’s, as one of his 13 castles he built along the rivers.

Ever since the 12th century, the Bruce’s considered themselves cursed. Robert Bruce believed his contracting leprosy was ‘the finger of God upon me’ and a consequence of the family’s execration. Folklore says the bad luck came about in this way.

During his visit to the then castle-hamlet of Annan in 1138, the Irish Bishop of Armagh, Maolmhaodliog ua Morgair, named St Malachy O’More, was entertained at the Bruce’s castle (the last traces of which were removed in 1875). While he ate, Malachy overheard servants speaking about a robber who was to be hanged. Malachy asked his host – the chief lawman of the district – to spare the robber, and Brus agreed to do so.

Malachy left soon after his repast and as he rode out of the town he saw the cadaver of the robber hanging by the roadside. Angered that Brus had lied to him, Malachy laid a curse on Brus, his family, and the little castle-hamlet. After Malachy died in 1148, Robert de Brus paid for lights to be maintained at the shrine of St Malachy at the monastery of Clairvaux, France, where the soon-to-be saint had died. But folklore has it that Malachy’s curse was never expiated.



The curse of Annan

Another story was also associated with ‘St Malachy’s Curse on Annan’. Celtic myth speaks of blood-drinking spirits, even though the romanticism of the vampire is largely an eighteenth century invention, and Scottish folklore does not dwell much on the vampire of folklore even though some devotees point to Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire, as the supposed birthplace of the inspiration that gave the Irish writer Bram Stoker (1847-1912) his Count Dracula.

It seems that no long after the laying of Malachy’s curse the plague came to Annan, spread by a man on the run from Yorkshire. The Bruce’s had given the man sanctuary, but Annan soon regretted the family’s generosity as the man continued the ‘wickedness’ that had led him to flee, but the man succumbed to the plague.

Not long after he had been buried, locals reported seeing the man around Annan accompanied by ‘a horrible crowd of dogs’. Terrified by the sight of the ambulant ‘rotting corpse’, the good folk of Annan sent for priests to come and cleanse the place with their prayers. Alas the plague raged, all spread, said the locals, by the undead visitation.

One evening the Bruce’s were holding a banquet for the clergy visiting the burgh to drive out the plague with new prayers they had composed, when two brothers started a conversation concerning the death of their father in the plague. The upshot was that they volunteered to rid Annan of the dread monster and wreak their own revenge for their father’s death.

As the banquet went on the two young men slipped out of the castle and through the silent streets of Annan to where the plague man had been buried. They resolved to disinter the cadaver and destroy it by fire, so they both set about digging.

At last they came to the body and observed that it had ‘swollen with much enormous corpulence, and the face red and swollen above measure’. Yet the clothes in which the man had been buried seemed to have been cut as if the body had been trying to escape from its mortal trappings.

One of the two men could not contain his anger any longer as he remembered the fate of his father and, taking up the sharp spade with which he had dug the grave, he brought its point down upon the chest of the corpse with great force. He let free a huge issue of blood which soaked their feet as they stood in the shallow grave.

It was more blood than any human body might have contained and the two young men realised that they had disinterred a vampire still full of its victims’ blood.

The cadaver was hauled out of the grave and dragged through the streets to the edge of town, where the two young men placed it on a pyre. Remembering the old superstition that the vampire could not be destroyed without removing the heart, this was done by a few deft strokes of the spade. As they tossed the heart separately into the flames the cadaver let out a huge sigh and was consumed. Thereafter Annan was never affected by the plague again.

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Vanishing Lake Loughareema


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Unusual Lake Loughareema That Vanishes And Re-Appears In Northern Ireland


Located a few miles from the town of Ballycastle in Northern Ireland, Lake Loughareema (Loch an Rith Amach) is unusual because it sometimes vanishes and then later re-appears.

To get a good view of the vanishing lake you have to be there at just the right moment. Lake Loughareema’s sudden disappearance has resulted in a number of legends trying to explain its odd behavior, but there is a scientific explanation why the lake is sometimes visible and not.

The reason why the lake sporadically appears and disappears has to do with the area’s rock structure.

The vanishing lake sits on a leaky chalk-bed, a topographical feature called the ‘chalk ‘plug hole’. Occasionally, the  hole gets jammed with peat, causing the depression to fill with water, which is when the lake is visible to all.


When the plug clears, all the water in the lake drains underground at a rapid rate, and when someone passes the place he or she could not even suspect there is a lake at the site because the lake is almost completely devoid of water. All that is left is a small stream and lots of mud.

Many years ago this place was dangerous. The road to Ballycastle runs right through the lake, and at one point it used to be extremely unsafe to cross, flooded for weeks on end.

To deal with the problem, a modern road was built but at an elevation as high as maximum water level, to avoid flooding. A stone wall has also been erected on either side of the road.


This is what it looks like when the lake is gone.

In 1898, Colonel John Magee McNeille, was rushing to catch a train from Ballycastle. He was in such a hurry that he misjudged the depth of the lake’s waters and he along with his coachman and horses drowned.

Today there is still a local legend alive. It warns visitors that on nights when the lake is full, a phantom coach and its passengers haunt the lake shores to this very day.

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Who Were the Nine Tribes of Ancient Scotland?

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Who were the nine tribes of ancient Scotland?


From the red haired fighters found in Caledonia to the heavily bejeweled people of modern-day Fife, the Romans identified nine major tribes after arriving in what is now Scotland in AD79.

Roman geographer Ptolemy did much of the documenting as he embarked on his new map of the world. While his results are mixed, with some of his surveying done from the sea, his work gives us some insight into the Iron Age settlements of the day.

Here we look at the nine major tribes, many who would unite to fight the Romans in the key battle of Mons Graupius in AD84.

The Caledones

Considered a strong and mobile enemy by the Romans, the Caledones settled between the modern towns of Fort William and Inverness with one translation of the tribe’s name being “possessing of hard feet”.

Others believe the name may relate to the rocky land and the hardy people.

Whilst one distinct tribe, the Romans also labelled all people living in a vast area between Loch Long or Loch Fyne in the west to the Beauly Firth in the east as the Caledones.

Several sub-tribes of this land called Caledonia including the Creones and Carnonacae but little is on record of them. Another tribe is the Smertae, from the border of Ross and Sutherland, understood as those ‘smeared’ with enemy or sacrificial blood.

Roman historian Tacitus describes the inhabitants of Caledonia as having ‘red hair and large limbs’ who were fierce and quick to fight.



The original Glaswegians, the Damnonii were conquered by the Romans for many years with their land – which stretched over the Clyde Valley and Strathclyde – occupied by the Roman army on several occasions.

The tribe may have had a settlement at Dumyat Hill near Stirling with their headquarters during Roman times likely to have been a vast hill settlement on Walls Hill, near Howwood in Renfrewshire. The Damnonii is thought to mean ‘the masters’, ‘the dominators’, or ‘the lords’.


Based in Argyll, it is presumed their original territory of Epidion is the island of Islay. Its people spread across Jura and Arran and through Kintyre. The name has its origins in the Celtic for horse.


Vacomagi centred around the fertile lands of Strathmore with their name translating as “inhabitants of the curved fields.”

The Roman forts at Dalginross near Comrie, Cardean in Angus and at Fochabers, Moray are thought to have built on the tribe’s territories.


This tribe lived around the River Tay and what is now Fife, one of the Roman’s most active areas as its legions sought to quell attacks in the east of the Highlands.

A Roman fortress was built at Inchtuthill which remained occupied during the late first century by the Twentieth Legion Valeria.

The Venicones were one of the few groups in northern Britain at this time to bury the dead in stone graves.

The tribe was also known for its massive bronze armlets, which could weigh 1.5kg each.


Lived in small undefended farms and hamlets in what is now Grampian.

The key town was Devana – the area now known as Aberdeen – at the mouth of the River De

While the Taexali were defeated by Romans in AD84 at the Battle of Mons Graupius, their land was never permanently occupied.


This tribe had a large settlement around Traprain Law, in East Lothian – a large volcanic hill – with territory extending across the Lothians.

Hundreds of roundhouses were built around the Traprain settlement with excavations carried out in the early 1900s unearthing Roman silver, wine jugs, goblets and military buckles.

Much of it appeared as if it had been cut for melting down. The finds, including coins from Gaul, suggested the tribe may have had trading links with the Continent. It is not certain if the hoard was stolen or a bribe or payment from the Romans.

The Traprain Treasure and other artefacts from Traprain are on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The descendants of the Votadini were the Gododdin who had their great stronghold at Din Eidyn – Edinburgh.


A little known tribe or people who lived in what is today Galloway who lived a more humble lives that their neighbours the Votadini. Considered to be farmers and herders.

One of their towns, ‘Locopibium’, recorded by Ptolemy, may have been Whithorn or Wigtown. This area was later controlled by Roman forts at Glenlochar and Dalswinton.



Thought to be the neighbouring tribe to the Novantae. Selgovae is thought to mean ‘the people of the hunt’ or ‘the hunters’. The tribe were long associated with the massive hill fort on the north peak of the three Eildon Hills, near Melrose, but they are now thought to have lived farther to the south west in Galloway.

Robert Mc Angus