November 2016 Meeting

November 17th   7:30 pm,      Abbey Church Hall

Derek Larkman – “Jute, Jack and Journeyings”

Lieutenant Commander Larkman served in the Royal Navy, in frigates, carriers and Polaris submarines as well as a in a variety of shore appointments. After retiring, in 1992, he went into local government, becoming East Lothian Council’s Emergency Planning Officer.

His interests include travelling, military and maritime history and building model ships.

October Meeting

October 20th. 7:30 pm, Abbey Church Hall

Dennis Cowan – “Sundials of Scotland”

Dennis was born in Edinburgh and spent his early working life in the Telecoms industry, since 1988 working at Rosyth Dockyard, the last 13 years as a Contracts Manager. He retired three years ago.

His interest in sundials started about 12 years ago. He and his wife now spend a considerable amount of time travelling around Scotland looking for ancient sundials, first recorded in a book published in 1892. Some are easy to find, others less so, but so far he has photographed almost 500 sundials in Scotland with another 100 or so in England. He is a regular contributor to the quarterly magazine of the British Sundial Society.

April Meeting 2016

Sharron McColl – ‘Louise Carnegie – the Woman behind Andrew Carnegie’

21 April 2016


Many of us in Dunfermline know quite a lot about Andrew Carnegie, but how much do we know about his wife, Louise? She was an American, who first met Carnegie when she was 23, and seven years later they married. Carnegie was then 51, and they remained together until his death thirty two years later. She must have played a very important role in the second half of his life, where he put his philanthropic ideas into practice.

Sharron McColl is a reference librarian in Dunfermline. She has lectured to the Society previously and is an expert on Louise Carnegie. In this talk she will tell us the story of her life.


March Meeting 2016

Matt Storey – ‘Bede and his Works’

17 March

Matt has worked in Historical Education since he graduated with an MA in Medieval Studies from Leeds University. He is currently the Pier Project Co-ordinator with Sunderland City Council.

He was Operations Co-ordinator at Bede’s World when the Society visited last year during the Northumberland Spring Trip, and has previously worked there as an Education Assistant, Volunteer Co-ordinator and Education Team Leader.

Those of you who were on the trip will remember Matt’s tremendously enthusiastic and informative tour and will be looking forward to hearing much more about Bede and his works at our March Meeting.

February Meeting 2016

Thursday 18 February

Ian Archibald‘Shipwrecks of the Forth’

Ian is Convenor, and a founder member, of Burntisland Heritage Trust. He is involved in designing their summer heritage exhibitions and has helped develop the local Heritage Trail walks.

He is a former Cartographic and Geographic Information Systems Manager for the Crown Estate Office in Edinburgh and before that worked for the Ordnance Survey as a land surveyor and survey manager.

For many years Ian was much involved with the search for the ferry the ‘Blessing of Burntisland,’ which sunk in July 1633, carrying the treasure of King Charles 1st….. We are looking forward to hearing all that he has to tell us.