Not many people these days have heard of Christian Maclagan (1811-1901) who lived in Stirling and is buried in the old town cemetery: she was Scotland’s first female archaeologist and she is often credited with being one of the first people to undertake modern excavation and in 1872 she identified a possible broch at Livilands. Unfortunately, she suffered from contemporary sexism and her work was overlooked and the broch ‘lost’. Indeed her first paper to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland had to be transcribed by a man.
Maclagan, C. 1872. On round castles and ancient dwellings of the Valley of the Forth, and its tributary the Teith,as communicated by John Stuart, Esq, L.L.D. Sec. S.A Scot, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 9: 29-44. http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/psas/contents.cfm?vol=9&CFID=1785744&CFTOKEN=213A4995-C15F-489B-837FB00D61960C2B
I’m launching a Crowdfunding campaign to help rediscover Stirling’s lost broch and restore her reputation……can you help?
Crowdfunding campaign http://digventures.com/projects/lost-broch-2016/
Project website https://christianmaclagan.wordpress.com
A direct link to the appeal can be found here.