Hoddam is a village located in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Saint Kentigern, a Christian missionary, were active in Hoddam. According to legend, Saint Kentigern had stayed in Hoddam as a guest at a home of a local noblewoman. Her pet robin, which she treasured greatly, was accidentally killed by her servants. Saint Kentigern, moved by her grief, prayed over the bird and brought it back to life.

Hoddam | 0 to 700 AD

In the centuries leading up to 0 AD, the southern part of what is now Scotland, including Dumfries and Galloway, was influenced by the Roman Empire. The Romans established the Antonine Wall, a defensive fortification, in the region during the second century, but it was abandoned in favor of Hadrian’s Wall to the south.

The introduction of Christianity to Scotland was a significant development during this period. Saint Ninian, an early Christian missionary, is credited with establishing the first Christian church in Scotland at Whithorn in the fifth century. While Hoddam is not directly associated with Saint Ninian, the spread of Christianity in the region would have been ongoing during this time.

The area that includes Hoddam was historically part of the Kingdom of Rheged. Rheged was one of the early medieval Celtic kingdoms in the region and was ruled by a series of kings. Its exact boundaries are not well-defined, but it likely included parts of what is now southern Scotland and northern England.

Archaeological evidence suggests the presence of early settlements and fortifications in the Dumfries and Galloway region during this period. These settlements would have been relatively small and primarily agricultural in nature. The people living in this area during this time were likely Celts, and their culture and society would have been influenced by Celtic traditions.