We meet on the first (occasionally second) Monday of the month at 7.30 p.m.
We meet 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.
You can print an application form
For further information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
PROGRAMME FOR 2018-2019
Monday 1st October
The History of Mugdock
Alan McBride - Alan works for the Ranger Service at Mugdock
and has an in-depth knowledge of the place. From 14th century castle and
sinister gallows, to a WWI gun site and a zoo with wandering elephant, Mugdock
has seen the lot. Come along and hear all about it.
Monday 5th November
The Stuart Plots
Susan Morrison - Kidnapping, murder and treasonous intrigue
were all part of the royal day for a Stuart Monarch. From James VI, such
dangers were hereditary, with both his parents victims of conspiracy. Join us
to hear writer, comedian and presenter of BBC Radio Scotlandís Time Travels as
she explores three plots that had a lasting impact on James VI, from his own
narrow escape at Gowrie House, to the fatal undoing of his mother through the
Babbington Plot and the trail of guilt surrounding his fatherís murder that
night in the Kirk O Fields. Itís a night of kidnap, mayhem, murder and ink!
Monday 3rd December
Piety and Politics: The making of the King James Bible
The Nicholas Gray - Just over 400 years ago Scottish King
James inherited the English Crown and a country in ferment. James decided to
commission a new Bible translation both to unite his people and also fix his
own regal position in the new Union. The idea was not a new one; it was a
re-run of an idea he had hatched in Fife several years before. Would it
succeed? Third generation Bible publisher Nicholas Gray, whose company holds
a royal licence to print the Bible in Scotland, explores the background to the
first printing of the Authorized Bible in 1611 and assesses its legacy for
Monday 7th January (2nd Monday of month)
The Antonine Wall
Jim Walker - The Antonine Wall was the frontier built by the
Roman Army between AD 140-142 on the orders of the Emperor Antoninus Pius. It
ran for 40 Roman miles (60km) from Boíness to Old Kilpatrick, and consisted of
a turf rampart with a stone base topped with a wooden fence and boardwalk. The
frontier was abandoned just 20 years after being built, with the army
withdrawing to Hadrianís Wall.
Monday 4th February
The History of Forensic Science in Scotland
Sarah Reid - Sarah is a Forensic Scientist at the Scottish
Police Authority and will talk on the history of the science in Scotland.
Monday 4th March
Alan MacDonald - The two earliest paintings by Scottish
artists in the Glasgow Museums are a portrait of Harry Nisbit, Lord Provost
of Edinburgh in 1598, by George Jamesone, and a still life of Game Birds,
by William Gouw Ferguson, c1640.The collection of paintings in Glasgow Museums
includes works by these and many other Scottish artists such as Ramsey,
Raeburn and C.R. Mackintosh and many of these paintings illustrate
significant figures of events in the history of Scotland, and will form the
core of Alanís presentation.
Monday, 1st April
Arran in Books - from the 18th century to present
John Jackson - A collection of books accumulated for the last
fifty years will be the basis of a look at various historical themes about the
island Ė the clearances and the profound social changes of the eighteenth
century; the growth of tourism; and the development of the science of geology
in which Arran played a big part. And as an aside, something about the books
themselves and the development of publishing.
Monday, 29th April
AGM and Members' Night
Short talks to be arranged.