History of Dumfriesshire
Archeological remains found in Dumfriesshire originated from the Bronze Age and include stone circles and sculptured stones. The Romans invaded this area many times and established camps and fortifications in Annandale. Roman altars, urns and coins have been found in many parts of this area.
In the 13th and 14th Centuries, inhabitants of Dumfriesshire took a very active role in obtaining Scottish independence. Land on both sides of this border region suffered the consequences of war between England and Scotland.
During the past 250 years, Dumfriesshire was an area of agricultural development, shipbuilding, engineering and sandstone quarrying. In the upland areas, forestry has more recently replaced the traditional sheep and hill cattle farming.
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