Diary

Secessionist Rev. Ralph Erskine

Wed 6th November 2019

12:30 pm, Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, £3.00

Hon. President George Robertson will discuss the story of the Rev Ralph Erskine’s life as a Minister in Dunfermline and his struggle with the Established Church in Scotland, and how, with other Ministers, he seceded from that Church. His “miraculous birth” after the “death” of his mother will be discussed as will his marriage to a “lassie from Lassodie”.

The Bruce Lectures 2019

All talks held in the Abbey Church, Dunfermline. Tickets will be available at the door.

October 2019 Meeting

17th October 2019

Ian Scott, “James Watt”

7:30 pm in the Abbey Church Halls, Dunfermline.

2019 is the 200th Anniversary of the death of James Watt, one of the most influential of the pioneering engineers of the industrial revolution. Those of you who were on the DHS outing to Kinneil House in 2016 will remember the brief biography we were given then, by James Watt himself, apparently, so we are very lucky to have a historian from Falkirk visiting to tell us more about him.

Ian Scott was Assistant Principal at Falkirk College where he taught history for a number of years.  He has been both Director and national Chairman of the Saltire Society.  Ian’s main interest is the history of the Falkirk area and he has written several books on the subject including Falkirk: a History published in 2006.  He has written over 400 historical articles for the Falkirk Herald and was a founder member of Falkirk Local History Society in 1981.   

Words of War Book Festival

21 and 22 September 2019

The Black Watch Castle and Museum in Perth is holding a book festival on 21st and 22nd September. They have attracted a wide range of authors who will present fourteen talks over the two days. Authors include such well known names as Lord Robertson of Port Ellan and Trevor Royle and they will cover Scottish military history from the Jacobite rebellions to the Cold War. For full details and to book tickets please follow the link.

The Piper of Tobruk

We recently received this invitation to a Book Event in Kirkcaldy.

Thursday, 29 August 2019, 7pm, Waterstones, 175 High St. Kirkcaldy, KY1 1JA

Pipe Major Robert Roy is a legendary figure in The Black Watch. In November 1941, during the battle for the relief of the Tobruk Garrison, he “displayed the most exceptional and outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty” for which he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Months earlier, he had been involved in the defence of Crete, escaped from a POW camp and made his way to Syria to re-join his battalion. Post-war, Robert Roy continued to live a remarkable life. Alice Soper will talk about her memoir of her father, which tells the story of a courageous and inspiring soldier who, in peacetime and in war, was not afraid to stand up for his convictions.

 Tippermuir Books & Waterstones Kirkcaldy are delighted to host an evening with Alice Soper (former Kirkcaldy councillor) author of The Piper of Tobruk based around the publication of this important and timely life of Pipe Major Robert Roy, MBE, DCM a ‘hero in wartime and peacetime’ who made Kirkcaldy his home ‘a book for anyone who is interested in the power of the human spirit over adversity and danger

Refreshments Provided ~ Free Event

RSVP if possible moc.liamgnull@eatrahcmahargnhoj

Alice will also be appearing at ‘Words of War’ the Perth Book festival.