19th March 2020 at 7:30pm
Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus outbreak, this meeting has been cancelled.
We will invite Dr Cook to visit us and present her talk at a future meeting.
Dr. Margaret Cook will present “History Meets Fiction in Border Brothers” in the Abbey Church Halls.
Margaret Cook was a consultant haematologist by profession; but later in life, also became a writer and free-lance journalist. She has written opinion and commentary pieces on social, political, medical and science matters, book reviews for most of the leading newspapers, and agony columns for the Observer, Woman’s Journal and Marie Claire. She has published four books, two non-fiction and two fiction.
“Border Brothers” is historical fiction, set in the Scottish Borders.
20th February, 7:30pm
Dunfermline Historical Society will hold it’s AGM at 7:30pm in the Abbey Church Halls, followed shortly by a talk presented by Prof. Ewen Cameron –
“Dunfermline: WW1 through to the 1918 Election”.
Prof Cameron studied History and Public Relations at the University of Aberdeen and then completed a PhD on Government policy in the Scottish Highlands (1880 to 1925), at the University of Glasgow. Following a spell as a teaching Fellow at the University of St Andrews, he was appointed to a lectureship in Scottish History at Edinburgh University in 1993. He has been there ever since and currently holds the Fraser Chair of Scottish History and Palaeography. He is also Head of the School of History, Classics & Archaeology. He has research interests in a number of areas: the history of the Scottish Highlands, including comparisons with Irish history, the general history of Scotland since 1880 on which he has authored a book, ‘Impaled Upon a Thistle,’ and currently, the position of Scotland within the Union, which has prompted his recent work on the history of Scottish Universities in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Heart of Midlothian
Our first trip this year will be on Saturday 4th April and will visit two contrasting sites in Midlothian. Our first destination is Newbattle Abbey. The Abbey started life as a Cistercian monastery with links to Dunfermline Abbey, later became a stately home, and then an educational establishment. As parts of the building are still in use today as an adult education college, we will be given guided tours of the buildings and gardens, before enjoying a soup and sandwich lunch.
Next we move a couple of miles to The National Mining Museum of Scotland located at the former Lady Victoria Colliery at Newtongrange. Here, we will be free to explore this extensive site and the museum galleries. Audioguides are included and there is, of course, also a cafe.
The trip will leave from the Glen Car Park, Pittencrieff Street at 9:00 am and the cost will be £40 which covers transport, entry, tours and lunch at Newbattle and entry to the NMMS. Please note there will be no stop for High Tea on this trip and for insurance purposes, trips are now open to DHS members only. Please complete your booking forms and return them to the Treasurer by Saturday 29th February. Full details of payment are on your forms.
Dunfermline Historical Society presents
Prof. Gerard Carruthers “Burns, Fakery and Forgery”
Professor Carruthers FRSE is Francis Hutcheson Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, General Editor of the Oxford University Press edition of the Collected Works of Robert Burns and Convenor of the ‘Burns Scotland’ partnership. He is author or editor of 18 books and over 160 academic essays.
7:30 pm at the Abbey Church Halls, all welcome.
“Here is ane Koull of Tullilum” Excavations at Whitefriars, Perth 2014-2018
By Derek Hall CertPracArch FSA Scot (archaeologist and ceramic specialist).
Edinburgh (National Museum of Scotland auditorium) – 9 December, 6pm
Aberdeen (Meston Building lecture theatre 1) – 10 December, 7.30pm
For further information please visit www.socantscot.org/events/
David Ramsay, the King’s Chief Clockmaker
By Dr Tacye Phillipson (National Museums Scotland) and Dr John C. Taylor OBE (horologist and inventor)
Edinburgh – 13 January, 6pm-8pm
V&A Dundee – 14 January, 6pm-8pm
As the January lectures are the first of the Society’s in 2020 there will be post-lecture drinks receptions at both events in Edinburgh and Dundee – a good opportunity for newly elected Society members and members of the public, speakers and staff to meet. For more information on the Society’s full event programme and to book a place visit www.socantscot.org/events/ .