Meetings

We meet on the first (occasionally second) Monday of the month at 7.30 p.m. From October 2017 we will be meeting in the Lesser Hall, Bearsden Community Hub, 66 Drymen Road, Bearsden, G61 3QT (just above Bearsden Cross). Enter the hall through the doors on the right-hand side of the building as you look at it from the road. The Lesser Hall is on the first floor - there is a lift.
This map shows the Hub and the main car parks in the area.

Membership is £15 per annum. and visitors are welcome to attend single lectures, for which the fee is £4 (50 pence for juniors). Tea is served after the talk and there is an opportunity to chat and socialise.

Membership form
You can print an application form here.

For further information please contact us at enquiries@mbhistorical.org

PROGRAMME FOR 2017-2018

Please note that some talks are on the 2nd Monday of the month rather than the usual 1st Monday.

2017

Monday 9th October (2nd Monday)
Captain Cook, Obsession and Betrayal in the New World
Dr. Vanessa Collingridge - In three epic journeys Captain Cook discovered more of the earth’s surface than any other man. Not only was he a prolific seaman, but he was also valued as a scientist, cartographer and surveyor. Quite simply, James Cook was the greatest explorer in history. In this richly-illustrated talk, broadcaster and writer, Dr. Vanessa Collingridge, will be talking about the life and voyages of the explorer Captain James Cook - and why he spent years searching for a Great Southern Continent that didn’t exist!”

Monday 6th November
The Cochno Stone
Kenny Brophy - The Cochno Stone in Clydebank is now one of the most important prehistoric rock-art sites in Scotland. This talk will recount its colourful history, from antiquarian discovery, to being painted by Ludovic Mann, to vandalism and burial. The story will then be brought up to date with details of the excavation of the Cochno Stone in 2016 and provide updates on analysis of the data gathered during this fieldwork.

Monday 4th December
The Lord Lyon King of Arms – Court of the Lord Lyon
The The Lord Lyon King of Arms - A short history of the Lyon Court which is the heraldic authority for Scotland and deals with all matters relating to Scottish Heraldry and Coats of Arms, maintaining the Scottish Public Register of Arms and Genealogies. This will include a trip round the world to show the use of Scottish Heraldry internationally.

2018

Monday 8th January (2nd Monday)
From Romans to Rabbits
Carol Primrose - Part of the Antonine Wall crosses the area which was subsequently granted to a follower of King David 1 in the 12th century and became the home of the Stirlings of Cawder until the present role as a golf course.

Monday 5th February
The History of Quarriers Homes
Anna Magnusson - The well known broadcaster and author tells of the beginning of the institution founded by the shoemaker William Quarrier in the 1870s. He himself had experienced a very impoverished childhood, a situation which he overcame through hard work, determination and Christian faith. Out of the orphanage he founded grew a children’s village where poor children from the town and cities of Scotland might enjoy a new life in cottage homes under supervision of house fathers and house mothers. This grew to a self-contained community with a church and a large school.

Monday 5th March
The Girton and Newnham Unit of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals during World War 1.
Elaine Morrison and Carol Parry - This hospital for Foreign Services worked in France and Serbia and is well documented in the library of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow. Based initially in Troyes, France, this all-women Unit, working under the French Army, served briefly in Serbia and then established a large tented hospital in Salonica. Through the drive of its Chief Medical Officer, Glasgow graduate Dr. Louise McIlroy, the Unit had, by the end of the war, created an orthopaedic centre and dental department.

Monday, 9th April (2nd Monday)
Crannogs – Farmstead or Fortress
Nick Dixon - Crannogs and other sorts of artificial islands in Scottish lochs can be considered by their nature being surrounded by water, as fortresses. However, underwater excavations have demonstrated a massive amount about the way of life of their inhabitants. Clear evidence for farming, hunting and gathering show that the crannog dwellers were sophisticated farmers and exploited the landscape around them for a varied food supply. The evidence for Homestead or Fortress will be explored in this talk. Dr. Dixon is the Research Director of the Scottish Crannog Centre at Kenmore and an expert diver.

Monday, 30th April
AGM and Members' Night
Short talks to be arranged.