Dumfriesshire family history information

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Dumfriesshire was a historical county until 1975 when it became part of the Dumfries and Galloway council area. The county town was Dumfries. Traditionally Dumfriesshire was divided into three areas - Annandale, Eskdale and Nithsdale. It is located in the centre of the southern counties of Scotland that are on the border with England, north of the English county of Cumberland. The county contained royal four burghs - Dumfries, Annan, Sanquhar and Lochmaben.

As a border county Dumfriesshire was the scene of much fighting, both with England and between the clans. It is also associated with Robert Burns, who had a farm on the River Nith for three years and spent the last five years of his life at Dumfries.

Pigot's directory for 1825 describes the county thus:
"A great part of this county is mountainous, particularly towards its north, north-east and western confines, where the eminences are lofty, and assume a sterile appearance. However, numerous flocks of sheep and black cattle feed on them, and they abound with game. The vallies are pleasant and fertile, and in these the chief towns, villages and seats are to be found."

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More informationDumfries, Annandale, Kirkudbright Sasines Index Pt21733-176024/9/2009Search this document
More informationDumfries, Annandale, Kirkudbright Sasines Index Pt11761-178024/3/2009Search this document
More informationDumfries, Kirkcudbright & Wigton Directory 1811, Holden1811-181115/10/2009Search this document
More informationDumfries-shire Directory 1825, Pigot1825-182506/10/2008Search this document
More informationDumfries-shire Directory 1837, Pigot1837-183707/10/2008Search this document
More informationDumfries-shire Directory 1852, Slater1852-185203/5/2009Search this document

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