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Speakers’ Coffee Mornings 2020

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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 at 11am.

You can now join us at these events in two ways. Either in person in a socially distanced room or virtually via Zoom from the comfort of your own home.

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

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Saturday 7th November 2020 | 11am


The British Army in Scotland after Culloden

You can now join us at this event in two ways. Either in person in a socially distanced room (now sold out) or virtually via Zoom from the comfort of your own home.

The aftermath of Culloden is a well-known story of atrocities and excess, generally blamed on the Duke of Cumberland. Survivors made accusations, British officers gave information in confidence to the media; London society noticed the absence of wounded among the Jacobite prisoners. However well-known this story is (and there is still much to be added to it), it did not come to an end in 1746. For well over a decade, British Army garrisons, camps, outposts and patrols could be found throughout Scotland, more than 400 of them from Annan to Kirkwall. Whatever  the story told about ‘the Highlands’ as the source of the Jacobite rising, contemporary military policy clearly identified the whole country as potentially unsympathetic territory. Non-Scottish troops were frequently used, and rotation was recommended to prevent ‘going native’. In the 1750s in Canada, the policies recommended in Scotland in 1746-47 were at last carried out, far from home, by the expulsion of the French population of Acadia- Le Grand Dérangement, the effects of which can still be seen in the culture of Louisiana. In this and other ways, the battle fought over less than a square mile in less than an hour on a wet and cold spring day six weeks by coach from London foreshadowed both the policy and practice of the British Empire. 

Professor Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor and Pro Vice-Principal at the University of Glasgow, and one of the leading scholars of Jacobitism and Romanticism globally. His books include The Myth of the Jacobite ClansMaterial Culture and SeditionPoetry and Jacobite PoliticsJacobitismInventing and Resisting BritainThe Invention of Scotland, and many others. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Royal Historical Society and has won or been nominated or shortlisted for fifteen literary prizes internationally. Join Proefessor Murray for a fascinating talk on The British Army in Scotland after Culloden.

Saturday 5th December 2020 | 11am


The Order and Chapel of the Thistle

You can now join us at this event in two ways. Either in person in a socially distanced room or virtually via Zoom from the comfort of your own home.

Elizabeth Roads LVO FSA is Secretary of the Order of the Thistle and has been closely involved in the Order since 1975 becoming Assistant Secretary in 2008 and Secretary in 2014. The Chapel, which is part of St Giles Cathedral, was built in 1911 to provide the first spiritual home of the Order and to celebrate the centenary she edited a book of articles relating to the building of the Chapel.

The Chapel and its Ante Chapel commemorates each member of the Order since the revival of the Order in 1687 with all members since 1911 having a stall-plate on one of the Chapel stalls. Each stall is surmounted by the crest of one of the current members and each member has a banner which appears in the Preston Aisle with the main body of St Giles. Join Elizabeth Roads for a fascintating talk on The Order and Chapel of the Thistle.