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Lochmaben

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Lochmaben is a small village and civil parish in Scotland, and site of a once-important castle. It lies four miles west of Lockerbie, in Dumfries and Galloway.HistoryEarly inhabitantsThe name Loch Mhabain is possibly a corruption of Loch Mhaol Bheinn, or may mean "Loch of Mabon", an ancient Brythonic god, as the Roman name of the area was Locus Maponi, according to the Ravenna Cosmography. It has been inhabited since earliest times due to its strategic position on the routes from England to Scotland and Ireland, to the small lochs surrounding it and to the relatively fertile soil in the area. The first inhabitants may have lived in crannogs in the lochs.After the Roman departure the area around Dumfries the locale had various forms of visit by Picts, Saxons, Scots and Danes culminating in a decisive victory for Giric mac Dúngail was a king of the Picts or the king of Alba at what is now Lochmaben over the native Britons in 890.
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