The Lowland Canals

Our first meeting of the new session is on Thursday, 15th September, when Ian Scott will speak on “The Lowland Canals”.

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

Ian has visited us before when, in October 2019, he spoke on James Watt.

As usual, we meet in the Abbey Church Halls at 7:30pm and visitors will be welcome.

May 2022 Meeting

Dunfermline Historical Society

Thursday 19th May 2022, 7:30 pm (Doors open 7pm)

Abbey Church Halls, Abbey Park Place, Dunfermline
Excavations at Finlaggan, Islay, the Centre of the Lordship of the Isles
by Dr David Caldwell

Dr Caldwell is an archaeologist who has a strong interest in the medieval history of the Western Isles. He directed major excavations at Finlaggan, the island in a loch on Islay where the Lordship of the Isles was centred. He worked at the National Museum of Scotland for 38 years and was Keeper of two curatorial departments. He has published over 100 papers and articles and seven books and is currently the President of The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

The Buildings At Risk Register, Turning Negative to Positive

Thursday 19th April 2022

7:30pm (doors open 7pm)

Abbey Church Halls, Abbey Park Place, Dunfermline

Monica Warwick

At Dunfermline Historical Society’s April meeting Monica Warwick will talk on the Buildings at Risk Register, Turning Negative to Positive. Monica, of Historic Environment Scotland, works at The Engine Shed in Stirling, Scotland’s Building Conservation Centre. She is a member of the Technical Outreach and Education team and has interests in traditional materials and skills.

DHS March 2022 Meeting

17th March 2022

Abbey Church Halls, Abbey Park Place

7:30pm, doors open 7pm

Bonnie Prince Charlie

Roy Johnstone

Roy is a very popular speaker who has spoken to our society before. He has been fascinated by history all his life and, since retiring from a career in the law, has developed and presented a wide range of talks on many historical topics ranging from Mary, Queen of Scots to modern times. I’m sure many of you will remember Roy’s excellent talk in 2018 on women pilots of the Second World War.

The talk will be preceded by a short AGM.

St Margaret and her Miracles

Thursday 17th February 2022

7:30 pm, doors open 7pm

Abbey Church Halls, Abbey Park Place, Dunfermline

After a two year gap in our talks programme we are delighted to announce that meetings will resume this month, at present for members only. Prof. Robert Bartlett will present “St Margaret and her Miracles”.

Robert Bartlett, Emeritus Professor at the School of History in the University of St Andrews, is a distinguished medieval historian who has published widely on medieval frontiers and colonialism, the lives of saints and England between 1066 and 1300. He received the Wolfson History Prize for his book “The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change, 950-1350” and has written and presented several TV series including “The Normans” and “The Plantagenets”.