Welcome to the Drymen and District Local History Society's website. Set up a bookmark and watch our developments!

Drymen is a small village in the west of Scotland forming the gateway to east Loch Lomond. Our Society was established on 7 October 1982 amid dark predictions from sceptical local worthies that it would not last! However, we are still here, with a good membership. Due to Covid-19 restrictions our winter 2019-20 programme had to be curtailed and we were unable to run our usual programme in 2020-2021. However, with the slow removal of restrictions we hope to run a full winter programme in 2021/22 and much of it is already arranged. Details can be found by following the "Winter Programme" link.

As an insurance we have arranged for many of the speakers to provide their talks virtualy by "Zoom" should restriction prevent our physical meetings.

We invite those of you within reach to join us at our meetings in the coming season on the fourth Thursday of each month in Drymen Village Hall. Meetings are open to non-members (at a cost of £2.00 per meeting) but we hope you will want to join the Society and get in free. Subscription is £7.00 for a full year starting in September.

The aims and activities of the Society include :-

  1. Organising a regular series of winter lectures on topics of historical interest with particular emphasis on the Drymen area.
  2. The collection of historical material including books, maps and photographs relating to Drymen and the immediate area, to be kept in Drymen Library in a special collection.
  3. To carry out research on topics relevant to the history of Drymen and district and to prepare reports to be included in the above collection.
  4. To undertake an oral history programme based on interviewing older members of the community.
  5. The long term aim of publishing a booklet on local history.

In most recent years we have organised summer trips to sites of historical interest in the area. These have varied from visiting a number of the local Brochs led by Irwin Campbell, to Stirling Castle to see the restored Royal Apartments with the new tapestries, a conducted tour of the Smith Museum and Art Gallery in Stirling, and a visit to Cambuskenneth Abbey which included the rare opportunity to go up he tower.

An archive has been established in Drymen library and is continually expanding and we now have a comprehensive index which is available in the library or by following this link. Contents include a number of papers prepared by members in accordance with point 3 above. The Society is willing to assist others in historical research work related to the Drymen district (time permitting!!) and in particular in giving access to the archive material where practicable.

In 2000 the Society produced "A Millennium Account of Drymen & District". A series of 11 papers by a number of different authors on various aspects of the history of Drymen and the surrounding district. The book, running to over 160 pages in A4 format with a card cover, is available for £9 from committee members or from Drymen Library. More details are available on the "Millennium Project" page.

New Papers

As a continuation of the Millennium Project the Society intended to publish further papers on new subjects. Eight such papers have now been produced. Details of all are available on the "Millennium Project" page.

The papers are available from the Drymen Library (or from the Society) at a cost of £2 to £5 per copy.