Lochmaben stories from the past, but remembered

Delving into local history is akin to unearthing a treasure trove of stories, memories, and connections that anchor us to our roots.   Embark on a journey through time, exploring the rich tapestry of events, people, and landmarks that have shaped this unique corner of the world.

From the ancient origins of the town to its modern-day incarnation, each chapter unveils layers of intrigue, revealing the intricate interplay between the past and the present.

What makes local history truly captivating is its ability to illuminate the everyday lives of ordinary people who have left an indelible mark on their community. The purpose is to breathe life into the forgotten voices of yesteryear, ensuring that their legacies endure for generations to come.

It is a testament to the dedication of countless individuals who have worked tirelessly to uncover the hidden gems of Lochmaben’s history upon which this is an attempt to lift the lid a little.

As we embark on this journey through Lochmaben’s past, let us pause to reflect on the resilience, ingenuity, and community spirit that have defined this region for centuries.   With each turn of the page, may we deepen our connection to the past and emerge with a renewed sense of wonder and appreciation for the timeless beauty of Lochmaben and its district.

If you enjoy your journeys through the past, please visit
Lochmaben Heritage Centre
located within the Town Hall for more
open Monday, Wednesday or Friday 2 pm to 4 pm
Contact to confirm times

Explore the Town Trail
became a Royal Burgh in 1447 but the charter was destroyed during the border wars. It was renewed by King James VI in 1612. Human habitation in the area was known to be present long before this as a crannog, or lake dwelling, was discovered in Castle Loch one hundred and fifty years ago. Its timbers have been dated to AD 630.

Halleaths – Medieval to Modern
Halleaths is the site of a former mansion and estate
 in Lochmaben Parish, Dumfriesshire, on the right bank of the Annan, 1¾ mile south-east of Lochmaben. Its story goes from the Medieval to the Modern – explore it here.

What’s in a name?
Do you know where the name Lochmaben comes from? Should it be Loch of Maben? What is a Maben!

Auctoritas Romana Lochmaben (The Romans in Lochmaben)
The Romans arrived here in AD79 and remained for over 300 years – invade Caledon with them.

Bruce’s Castle, Lochmaben’s oldest, and birth of a Royal Burgh
Explore where the Bruce family originated and their connection to Lochmaben

Lochmaben Health – Who Cares?
Do you care? Explore how Lochmaben has helped the poor, the sick and the infirm across the years.

The Mills of Lochmaben
Corn mills played a vital role in agricultural and economic development. They were crucial for processing grain, primarily oats and wheat, into flour and other products.

Lint mills were primarily active during the 18th and 19th centuries when the textile industry was booming in Scotland. They were essential for processing flax fibres into linen, which was a valuable textile at the time.

Peloton comes to Lochmaben
The Tour of Britain 2012 race took place from September 9 to 16, 2012, a multi-stage cycling event and part of the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) Europe Tour. The race consisted of eight stages, covering a total distance of approximately 1,349 kilometres