Coronavirus – Message from the Chair

Dear Member,
I am writing to you to inform you that, due to rapidly escalating health concerns relating to
the spread of Coronavirus , the committee has decided to cancel all further meetings of the
2019/2020 session. We are sorry to have to make this decision but believe it to be in the
best interests of our members and the guest speakers. Our June trip to Thirlestane Castle
will be rescheduled for Spring 2021.
It is intended that the new 2020/2021 season will start, as normal, in September and our
50 th Anniversary dinner will go ahead on Thursday 15th October.
We will send out a letter about the new season, and information about tickets for the
dinner, a little earlier than usual, probably in July. Hopefully, by then, things should have
resolved and we will all be able to look forward to the autumn.
In the meantime, please stay well and we’ll see you all in September.
Best wishes,
Carolyn Thompson (Chair)

DHS March 2020 Meeting

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.

All welcome.

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.

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.

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.

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