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Speakers’ Coffee Mornings 2020


Everyone welcome & free to attend


Join us on the first Saturday of every month for tea, coffee and biscuits from 10.30am followed by an interesting speaker.

Members and non-members welcome. Free to attend but please book in advance for each talk below.





Saturday 4th April 2020 | 10.30am – CANCELLED

Edinburgh’s Three Cathedrals

In early 1878 there were no cathedrals in Edinburgh.  Within just five years there were three: St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral and St Giles’ Cathedral.  What prompted this upsurge of religiosity in the city or was it something else?  David Todd, Lay Reader at Old Saint Paul’s Scottish Episcopal Church and Theatre Chaplain to Edinburgh’s four major theatres explains in an illustrated talk.

Saturday 2nd May 2020 | 10.30am

Scotland’s Hidden Treasure

The story of what happened to the oldest Royal Regalia in Britain.

Hidden not once, but twice in two of Scotland’s great Castles.

When? Who hid them? and Why?

Kathy Crawford Hay worked within the publishing industry for more than 40 years, before becoming a Consultant. She has been a guest speaker at colleges, universities, clubs and societies sharing her collection of fascinating historical stories. Not one to miss!

Saturday 6th June 2020 | 10.30am

Glass & Light

Alison Kinnaird MBE has an international reputation as an outstanding artist in glass. Using the ancient technique of wheel engraving, she combines this with modern lighting technology such as LEDs, to create artworks which can be seen in many public and private collections. In 1997 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Art and Music. Alison will talk about her life as an artist working with glass, an unusual and beautiful medium that offers wonderful potential for artistic expression.

Saturday 4th July 2020 | 10.30am


Professor Andrew Taylor is a Professor of Astrophysics at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. His main research interest is Theoretical and Observational Cosmology, in particular studying Dark Matter and Dark Energy with Gravitational Lensing, the nature of the Dark Energy, the analysis of Large-Scale Structure in Galaxy Redshift Surveys, the temperature and polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background, and the Early Universe and Cosmological Inflation. Join Professor Andrew Taylor for this fascinating talk on Cosmology and the upcoming changes.

Saturday 1st August 2020 | 10.30am

Yvonne Holton

Yvonne Holton holds the position of Dingwall Pursuivant of Arms, a Scottish pursuivant of arms of the Court of the Lord Lyon. Not only that, she the Herald Painter in Scotland. Yvonne trained at the Edinburgh College of Art and specialised in jewellery and silversmithing. After leaving College, she started working as ‘an illustrator’ for the Court of the Lord Lyon to carry out Letters Patent. Having spent more than 25 years at the Lyon Office, she is very grateful, as a freelance artist, to have a ‘home’ as well as regular work. Apart from carrying out Letters Patent, her interests lie in designing bookplates and carrying out Library paintings. Join us to hear her fascinating story on her life at the Court of the Lord Lyon!

Saturday 5th September 2020 | 10.30am


September’s Coffee morning is focusing on Edinburgh’s place in the development of humanistic and non-religious ideas. Our speaker is John Gordon, lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. John is an acclaimed expert in the philosophy of David Hume, a leading figure in the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century and still regarded as the first modern humanist.

John is a very entertaining speaker, and will connect us with Hume, his world in the mid 1700s and his contributions both to philosophy and to the Edinburgh we all live in in enjoy today.