Note that there may be a small charge for some of these events, and some may be for members only. We will be publishing lists of upcoming talks and events regularly - if you are organising a talk or event relating to Scottish genealogy or history, please let us know and we will be happy to add your events to our list.
Monday, February 5 2018
Simon Houlson Craufurd
Venue: John Knox Church Hall, High Street, Stewarton
The history of Craufurdland Castle, home to the Craufurds of Craufurdland since they were gifted the land in 1245, with connections to William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots.
Tuesday, February 6 2018, 2 pm - 5.30 pm
Robert Burns, the Excise Services and Politics in a time of Revolution
Prof Gerard Carruthers
Venue: General Register House, Princes Street, Edinburgh
Centred on recently identified documents at the National Records of Scotland, this talk discusses Burns’s place in the Excise Service during revolutionary times. Was the poet a willing government employee or was he a reluctant, neutered individual, deliberately de-barbed by the powers that be? What were the cultural and intellectual contexts afforded to Burns as a civil servant? What kind of relationships did he have with Excise colleagues and how did his career intersect with his creative and family lives? Following the French Revolution and the Excise service enquiry into the poet’s political beliefs, this talk will discuss the nature of Burn’s views and how these were expressed during the turbulent 1790s.
Tuesday, February 6 2018, 7 pm
The Veteran's Memorial, A Unique Monument
Venue: The Wick Heritage Centre, 18 - 27 Bank Row, Wick, Caithness, Scotland, KW1 5EY
Admission by donation
Tuesday, February 6 2018, 7 pm - 9 pm
Venue: Lanthorn Community Education Complex, Kenilworth Rise, Livingston EH54 6JL
Gie's a haun' night - Tell us what you would need a hand with and we will include the topic
Tuesday, February 6 2018, 7.30 pm
Scottish Brick History
Venue: Lecture Hall, Hawick High School
Everybody Welcome. Voluntary Collection.
Wednesday, February 7 2018, 6.30 pm, refreshments available from 6 pm
The Political Agitation of 1884 in Perth & Kinross
Venue: Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee
Free but donations requested from non-members.
Wednesday, February 7 2018, 7.30 pm
Jimmy Curran: From the Eastlands Cemetery to the Stadio Olimpico
Venue: Volunteer Hall, Galashiels
Thursday, February 8 2018, 5.15 pm
Division and Devotion: The Edinburgh Ragged School, 1842-1872
Dr Laura Mair (University of Edinburgh)
Venue: Room G.13, Doorway 4, Old Medical School
University of Edinburgh
The Scottish History research seminars take place throughout the academic year and are open to all.
Thursday, February 8 2018, 7 pm - 9 pm
Glenfield & Kennedy
Venue: Johnnie Walker Bond, Strand Street Kilmarnock
Thursday, February 8 2018, 7.30 pm
Tom Rees, Rathmell Archaeology
Venue: Blue Room, Town Hall, Ayr
Thursday, February 8 2018, 7.30 pm
Bankers, Baronets, Cowboys and Courtesans
Venue: MacRobert Hall, The Square, Tarland
Simon Welfare, local author and broadcaster, will delve into the background of the Gordon family of Haddo and tell us about some of the more colourful relatives of Ishbel, Lady Aberdeen.
Saturday, February 10 2018, 10 am - 12 pm
Beyond the Old Parish Registers
Venue: Scottish Genealogy Society Library, 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL
Beyond the Old Parish Registers: Bruce Bishop will talk about what they contain and how these records can assist your research. This module is about sourcing the rare and unusual records which most people don’t know about – not just the usual OPRs on Scotlandspeople etc.