“Reminiscences of Dunfermline – Sixty Years Ago” by Alexander Stewart, published in 1886, includes a story concerning an unusual college and a Provost of the town who was also a fixer of dislocated bones. In “Pattiesmuir College and Adam Low, the Dunfermline Bonesetter“, George Robertson, who has recently been elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, continues his occasional series based on the “Reminiscences” and tells us more about this talented Provost.
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”.
Born in Halbeath, The Rt. Hon. William Adamson, PC, MP was a miner, trade union leader and MP for Fife West from 1919 to 1931. He was a member of the first Labour Cabinet and became Secretary of State for Scotland. In this short biography, George Robertson summarises his political achievements but also describes his early life and how it influenced politician he was to become.
Did you know..
…about the ‘Pernicious Society of Dunfermline Wheepmen?’
In this article Jean Barclay find in the records of Dunfermline Burgh Council the story of a very early industrial dispute between the farm servants of the town and the weavers and of how the Council attempted to discover the causes of a riot in May 1735.
Did you know…
…about the Dunfermline links of the author of the Beveridge Report?
In “Sir William Beveridge“, Jean Barclay describes the family links between one of the founders of the modern welfare state and his second cousin the Dunfermline industrialist and archaeologist Erskine Beveridge, including a visit in 1919 by Sir William to his cousin’s house on the island of Vallay, off North Uist.