Dumfries, a market town in south-west Scotland known as the Queen of the South, is the administrative capital of the Dumfries and Galloway region and has a population of almost 32,000. Dumfries has a turbulent and sometimes bloody history with links to the Roman occupation of Britain, Bonnie Prince Charlie's failed Jacobite uprising, the colonisation of America and imperialism. Most famously Scotland's bard, Robert Burns, spent his final years in Dumfries with many places in the town having connections to the poet. Its thriving port trade is now a thing of the past and although once one of the largest tweed producers in the world, it has never been a major industrial centre.
The photographs show that much has changed in Dumfries - not always for the better. Some of the photographs in this collection have special poignancy as many historical buildings have been demolished in the name of progress. Doonhamers are proud of their town and its history. Dumfries Through Time hopes to demonstrate the importance of the town's built heritage and is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Dumfries.
Allan was born in Glasgow then spent most of his young life travelling around Scotland finally coming to rest in Dumfries and Galloway. He became a freelance photographer in 2000. Originally he started up taking landscape photos for publishing companies as well as supplying images too Stock Photo Libaries. Today his commissioned work includes social event type photography as well as images for local and national press. As well as taking photos he has also written articles about being out of doors in Dumfries and Galloway for national magazines. Currently as well as his photographic work he writes a monthly walking article for Dumfries and Galloway Life magazine which has won Scottish Magazine of the Year 2016. Mary Smith is an author, poet and freelance journalist. Her previous publications include fiction and non-fiction titles, such as Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan, Thousands Pass Here Everyday (poetry) and No More Mulberries (her debut novel). In the past, she has also written for a number of local and national publications, such as The Galloway News, The Dumfries & Galloway Standard, Dumfries & Galloway Life, The Herald and Guardian Weekly. A prominent member of the Dumfries Writers' Group, Mary is a familiar face in the area, having also been involved in a number of local community projects.