Video Lectures

What did the Jacobites want for Scotland?

Who Were the Jacobites and what did they want for Scotland?

This month’s video lecture was presented in May 2018, in Dundee, and was organised jointly by the Centre for Scottish Studies and History Scotland. In it, two speakers propose differing views of the motivation and intentions of the Jacobites, and their arguments and discussion gives us a deep insight into those difficult times which we still find so fascinating today.

Prof Murray Pittock, FRSE, is the Bradley Professor of Literature at the University of Glasgow where he is also Pro Vice Principal (Special Projects). He is a cultural historian with a wide range of interests ranging across Jacobitism, Romanticism, Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Irish Studies and many others. He has worked in Universities in Scotland and England and held visiting appointments in Dublin, Prague and New York. He has published at least 16 books and edited many more.

Prof Christopher Whatley is Professor of Scottish History at the University of Dundee. His research interests include the economic history of Scotland, Scotland and the Union, Scots society and economy in 18th and 19th centuries and also Scottish Literature. He also has written several books including “Scottish Society 1707-1830: Beyond Jacobitism, towards industrialisation”.

Routes to Flodden

This month’s video lecture, “Ways to Flodden, 1513” was given by Dr David Caldwell at the Archaeological Research in Progress Conference, 2016 in Galashiels. His talk puts the battle into it’s military context and is mainly concerned with the build-up. It answers many fascinating questions such as, how many men were involved? How did they get there from all across Scotland? How did they get the cannons over the Lammermuirs? and it ends with a thought -provoking re-assessment of the whole campaign.

Dr Caldwell is an archaeologist who worked in the National Museum of Scotland for 38 years and was until recently President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He is an expert on medieval Scotland, and directed major excavations at Finlaggan on Islay, the centre of the Lordship of the Isles. He is due to speak to us in person in our next season, dates, of course, still to be confirmed.

The “Death” and Reinvention of Scotland

While the Covid restrictions remain and prevent us holding meetings, we are continuing to post new articles written by our small group of hard-working local historians. But we are always happy to hear from new researchers and authors who would like to present material for the website. Please contact us via moc.kooltuonull@retsambeWSHD.

In addition, we have started to feature a selection of the excellent Scottish history material available on line, in the form of links to video lectures and films. This month’s video is of a lecture given by Prof. Sir Tom Devine at St Edmunds Hall, The University of Oxford in 2013, on “The ‘Death’ and Reinvention of Scotland” .

Prof. Devine, now Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh, is one of the UK’s most distinguished historians. He has published around 100 academic papers and 32 books and has been a leader in teaching and research, holding senior positions in StrathClyde, Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities as well as serving on a number of academic grant awarding bodies. Over the course of his career, he has been awarded many honorary degrees and academic prizes and was made an OBE in 2005, for services to Scottish History.

His work covers a wide range of topics including Scotland and Empire, the Scottish Diaspora, Scotland and Ireland, and in the lecture featured here, Scottish Identity.

The Picts – Three Videos

This is the second of our video postings and this time, instead of a presentation, we are featuring three films on The Picts. They have been made by the amateur historical film makers, Nigel Scott and Alan Short who have a number of excellent videos on their website, “Dip in Video.”

The first film in the series, “Symbols and Signs,” explains the current best thinking about the meanings of the symbols, illustrated by visits to many of the most impressive stones in North -East Scotland, where Nigel and Alan are based.

The second film, “Symbols and Statements,” continues to discuss the symbol stones. It describes attempts to “translate” the symbols by looking closely at those stones which have Latin or Ogham inscriptions in addition to symbols.


The final video, “History and Heritage,” discusses the historical development of the Pictish Kingdom and provides the context for the previous videos.

We are sure you will find these high quality videos really interesting and we would like to express out thanks to Dip in Video for allowing us to post these links.

The Empire Strikes Back Video

As the DHS is unable to hold meetings at present, we have decide to add a new feature to our website – links to videos of lectures on Scottish History.

The first one is titled “The Empire Strikes Back : Antonine Scotland” presented by Historic Environment Scotland in 2017 and forms part of a series  “A Journey Through Scotland’s Past: The Age of Invasion”.

The lecture is written and presented by Dr. Rebecca Jones, Head of Archaeology and World Heritage Directorate at HES and I’m sure you will find it fascinating.