Special Interest Days

Special Interest Day – Thursday, 9th May, 2019


Thursday 9th May 2019

Elshieshields is a Scottish Tower house near Lochmaben which has been continually occupied for over 600 years.

Dr Ann Shukman the present owner will tell us of the changes and additions to her uniquely beautiful tower house which has been home to the Johnstons and their descendants- the Edgars, the Dicksons, and the eccentric Byrnes, who eventually gambled the property away. The Historian Steven Runciman fell in love with and bought the Tower in 1966 and lived there for three decades before Dr Shukman inherited it in 2000.

After a talk by the owner, who will tell us of the challenges faced on inheriting the property ,the history and the discoveries made in the house, we will visit the 18th century tower,and some of the rooms in the main house.







Past Special Interest days

Tuesday 13th March, Dominic Riley will give a talk on Book Binding and Repair.

Wednesday 25th October, Claire Melinsky   will give an illustrated talk on Lino-Cuts and their application.

Saturday 25th March 2pm

Private tour of Barholm Castle and Gardens

         Barholm Castle is a 16th tower house built by the McCullochs of Barholm and abandoned when they left for an elegant Georgian mansion in Creetown in the mid-1750s. Barholm lay in ruins for two and a half centuries until it was rescued and restored to a family home by SWSDFAS members John and Janet Brennan in 2003. The 3 acre gardens have been developed over the past ten years and are now maturing, with a walled garden, quarry fernery and wildlife ponds.