Society of Antiquaries

December Lecture

“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/

January Lecture

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/ .

DHS Christmas Members Night 2019

12th December 2019

This year, the entertainment at our members only Christmas Evening will be provided by “Kinrick”.

Fine songs, great craic and a whole music shop of instruments !

Kinrick perform traditional, contemporary and self-penned songs as a duo, trio or four oh, sing fine harmonies, employ a whole music shop of instruments and all with a great dollop of humour! The band have performed at Folk clubs and festivals all over Scotland to great acclaim. Come and see them Live. We promise you a great night!

Kinrick are John Blackwood, Brian McArthur, Alex Mackenzie and Dave Spittal .

Alex Mackenzie, Brian McArthur and John Blackwood are three quarters of well known folk band KInrick who have been entertaining audiences up and down the country for two decades. Alex and John cut their folk teeth in the bars and clubs of Edinburgh in the 70’s but didn’t actually meet until the 90’s when the band, Kinrick, came into being. As well as performing, Alex is a keen musical instrument maker and often plays one or more of his creations at concerts. Brian joined the band more recently bringing a wealth of new material, a fine voice and guitar. Alex lives in the Dunfermline area while Brian and John live in Kirkcaldy (please don’t hold that against them)!

November 2019 Meeting

Unfortunately, due to unexpected and unavoidable work commitments at Newcastle University, Dr Annie Tindley is unable to present her talk on Andrew Carnegie to the Dunfermline Historical Society as planned. Annie hopes to be able to re-arrange her talk to us for next season instead.

In the meantime, on 21st November 2019, Honorary President George Robertson will present a new talk on

The Rolland Family, Ropemakers of Dunfermline – and other places .”

As usual, this will take place at 7:30 pm, in the Abbey Church Halls and all members and visitors will be welcome.


How the Great War at Sea ended

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Andrew Kerr, Expert in Residence in Aberdour Heritage Centre

The Centre is small and this event is planned as a round-table conversation not as a talk.

Come with – a question you have always wanted answered, to learn something new or to share your knowledge.

Come to either session at: 11.30 – 12.30 or 2.00- 3.00

Andrew Kerr has had a lifelong interest in ships and the Royal Navy. He was Consultant Naval Historian for the successful BBC Television programme “Scotland’s War at Sea”, and was a member of the Scottish Government’s Battle of Jutland Commemorations Working Group.

Andrew will talk about battleships, battlecruisers and the operation of the British Grand Fleet before describing how the German ships were met, 50 miles east of the Isle of May, and escorted into the Firth of Forth, thereafter being interned at Scapa Flow.  There, just over 100 years ago, they were scuttled by their crews. In terms of the Armistice of 1918, the best ships of the German High Seas Fleet were to be disarmed and thereafter interned to await allocation to the Allied navies.

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”.