Weekly Digest 19 February 2016

This marks the first of hopefully many weekly digests that we’ll be sending – a brief summary of what is going on in the field of Scottish history. We are attempting to strike a balance between providing information of interest to academic researchers, students of Scottish history at all levels, heritage practitioners and anyone else with a personal or professional interest in the subject.

Doubtless the format and contents of these digests will evolve substantially as we go on, and we welcome any and all feedback and input into how we should go about this. Ultimately, our aim is to be useful to our readers, and if there are things we can do that you might find helpful, please let us know. In particular, if we have missed something, or there is something you would like us to promote in the future, we welcome all such submissions.

This isn’t the place to go over the Network’s aims and activities in detail, but if you would like to know more please check out our statement of purpose or get in contact with us directly.

– The Scottish History Network Team

Exhibitions and events

Until 29 Feb: LGBT History Month events throughout Scotland


Thursday (25 Feb): Arts & Business Scotland, ‘Crowdfunding for Arts & Heritage Organisations’.

From 10 March: National Museum of Scotland, ‘Celts: Art and Identity’.

Saturday 12 March: Scottish History Society, Annual Presidential Lecture and Editor’s Panel.


Tuesday (23 Feb): The Huntlerian and University of Glasgow, Collecting and Not Collecting Recent Scientific Heritage


Saturday and Sunday (20-21 Feb): Stirling Castle, Douglas Murder Anniversary Tour

Thursday (25 Feb): Stirling Local History Society, ‘Projecting ‘Princelie Majestie’ in the Reign of James V: Ceremony, Ritual and the Visible Monarch’.


Saturday (20 Feb): Renfrewshire Tapestry project launch


8 March: Kings Museum and Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, ‘White, Black and Grey: Excavated Medieval Friaries in Aberdeen’


12 March: Scotland’s Urban Past and Voluntary Arts Scotland, ‘Scotland’s Urban Past in Dumfries’.

Public lectures and seminars, 22-28 February.

Tuesday: Alexandra Bergholm (Helsinki), ‘Lament for the Dead in Early Irish Tradition: A Gendered Genre?’.


Thursday: Dr Alan MacDonald (University of Dundee), The Rhetoric of Representation: Parliamentary Commissions, 1639-41.


Wednesday: Dr Murray Watson (University of Dundee), Doing an invisible jigsaw in the dark – an assessment of different approaches to oral history in researching postwar English Immigration to Australasia, Canada and Scotland.

St Andrews

Monday: Dr David Allan (St Andrews), Special lecture in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the death of Adam Ferguson.

Tuesday: Prof Roger Mason (St Andrews)‘Where was your church before Knox? Rewriting the past in Reformation Scotland’

Thursday: Dr Nick Evans (University of Hull), ‘“Historia Brittonum” and perceptions of early history in medieval Scotland’.

Calls for Papers
Scottish History Network Workshop: The State of the Field

Historical Perspectives: Hidden Histories and Untold Stories.

University of Strathclyde, University of Exeter, Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Embassies in Crisis.

The Centre for Scottish Culture (University of Dundee), Centre for Scotland’s Land Futures: Traversing the Field: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Walking and Thinking in Scottish Landscapes.

University of Dublin (Trinity College): Verdant Identities I: The Restoration & Renovation of Gardens in Ireland, England & Scotland.

New Publications
  • Trevor Royle, Culloden: Scotland’s Last Battle and the Forging of the British Empire (Little, Brown) Release date: 4/2/16
  • Cathryn Spence, Women, Credit and Debt in Early Modern Scotland (Manchester University Press) Release date: February 2016.
  • Murray G. H. Pittock, The Invention of Scotland (Routledge Revivals): The Stuart Myth and the Scottish Identity, 1638 to the Present (Routledge) Release date 5/2/2106
  • Ray Perman, The Man Who Gave Away His Island: A life of John Lorne Campbell of Canna (Birlinn) Release date: 11/2/2016
  • Dauvit Broun and Martin MacGregor (eds.) Kinship, Church and Culture: Collected Essays and Studies by John W. M. Bannerman (John Donald) Release date: 11/2/2016
  • Peter Aitchison and Andrew Cassell, The Lowland Clearances: Scotland’s Silent Revolution, 1760-1830 (Birlinn) Release date: 18/2/2016
  • John McKendrick, A Journey in Search of Empire (Birlinn) Release date: 25/2/2016
  • Martin Carver, Portmahomack: Monastery of the Picts (Edinburgh University Press, 2nd Edition) Release date: 28/2/2016
  • Alistair Durie, Scotland and Tourism (Routledge) Release date: 1/3/2016
  • T. M. Devine,  Independence or Union: Scotland’s Past and Scotland’s Present (Allen Lane) Release date: 3/3/2016
  • Kenneth Brophy, Gavin MacGregor and Ian Ralston (eds.) The Neolithic of Mainland Scotland (Edinburgh University Press) Release date: 3/2016
News and miscellany
The new Scottish Business History Network (unrelated!) launched on February 11.

The ScARF Student Network is offering bursaries for students to attend various conferences in 2016.

National Museum of Scotland to open 10 new galleries

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