Back issues of local papers can give us all sorts of fascinating information about the past. When the article itself is about “Past Times”, we are shown even further back. George Robertson has found an article in a 1909 copy of “The Leven Advertiser and Wemyss Gazette” which recounts how weddings were held in Fife mining villages in the 1860s. “WEDDING CELEBRATIONS IN 19TH CENTURY HALBEATH” shows us how different they were from today.
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.
Carolyn Thompson (Chair)
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.
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.