Not much is known about pre-history Douglas but the past has a way of whispering hints to us where written records are lacking.
One thing we can be sure of is that the settlement of Douglasdale and the surrounding area was already an ancient affair by the time written records began.
A stone age presence is evidenced by the discovery of a Neolithic axe-head on the Paigie hill (which overlooks the village). The axe head was generously loaned to the museum and is proudly on display here.
Also on display in the museum are shards of ‘blasting’ residue dating from the stone-age. These were found in nearby Glen Taggart. This tells us that during the stone age there were people in these dales and hills making pottery and charcoal.
- Christopher Blyth MRes, 2018. Historian, University of Glasgow
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