February 2020 Meeting

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.

April 2020 Outing

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.

January 2020 Meeting

16th January

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.

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)!