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Whithorn pilgrim route study launched

Dr. Valentina Bold (Solway Centre, Universityof Glasgow, Dumfries),Prof. Richard Dram (University of Science), Catriona McMillan author(Solway Centre), Rev. Alex Currie (Chair, Whithorn Tust)

Dr. Valentina Bold (Solway Centre, Universityof Glasgow, Dumfries),Prof. Richard Dram (University of Science), Catriona McMillan author(Solway Centre), Rev. Alex Currie (Chair, Whithorn Tust)

A study outlining routes of medieval pilgrims has been launched in Whithorn.

As featured in The Gazette last week, the study is based on research undertaken by Catriona Macmillan, a research associate with the University of Glasgow’s Solway Centre in Dumfries, and highlights routes that would have been popular for travellers during the early middle ages, right up until the Scottish Reformation of 1560 when pilgrimage became a punishable offence.

Using Ordinance Survey references, the report includes the locations of abbeys and chapels that offered hospitality, holy wells and other places of significance.

Ms Macmillan, the author, said: “This has been a fascinating project to work on. The picturesque roads to Whithorn are steeped in history and legend. I hope this report will encourage pilgrims, ramblers and history enthusiasts, be they local or from further afield, to tread these paths and discover some of the region’s most intriguing ancient sites.”

 

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