Society of Antiquaries of Scotland On-line Recordings

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If you are interested in subjects like the ones listed below, have a look at the list of events that have kindly been recorded online by the Society.

Prehistoric Roundhouses of northern Britain: origins and development/Lecture by Dr Rachel Pope, School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool

Martin Martin: early modern Hebridean traveller and author/Lecture by Dr Donald William Stewart, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands

Medieval Scottish History

For those of you who, like me, enjoy Scottish history, especially the Medieval period, there is a fabulous resource that you can check out. I listened to most of these podcasts today from the University of St Andrews and besides being very easy to use, they were informative and clearly taught.

Here is the link.  I found the link through the St Andrews School of History blog site.

Jack Whyte’s “The Renegade”

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I  have just finished reading this national bestseller and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical storytelling.  At close to 800 pages, it kept me busy for a few weeks and it is full of intrigue, statecraft and knights. There is not a lot of battling or fighting in this book although there is some.  It is a story of Robert the Bruce as he grows up in England and it’s the story of his life, including his marriage and his relationship with his father and his grandfather. It also focuses on Edward I and young Bruce’s allegiance to the King of England.  The book covers the reign of the Balliol’s and Comyn’s and the results of their leadership.  Overall, a very good and worthwhile read.

Scottish History one-day course

For history enthusiasts … particularly those who like thinking about the 13th Century in Scotland and England.

Heavy sigh … wish I didn’t live so far away.   However, that being said, I thought I would share this knowledge and post this event on here as it looks interesting and it is FREE.

Friday, August 23, 2013 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with Professor Dauvit Broun at the University of Glasgow.



New perspectives on the Scottish Wars of Independence: Scotland and the governance of England in the thirteenth century

Friday 23 August (Senate Room, Univ. of Glasgow)

9.10 Registration

9.30 Preliminaries

Part I: Government and People in Scotland and Northern England


  • Beth Hartland, ‘The People of Northern England: Cumberland, Westmorland and Northumberland, 1216–1286’.
  • David Carpenter, ‘The King’s Government in Northern England in the thirteenth century’.
  • Matthew Hammond, ‘North of the Forth in the Ragman Roll’.


  • Richard Cassidy, ‘Sheriffs, kings and rebels in Cumberland and Northumberland’.
  • Keith Stringer, ‘Scottish Royal Lordship in the Thirteenth-Century English Borders’.

Part II: English politics in Scotland


  • John Reuben Davies, ‘England in the Chronicle of Melrose’.
  • Fergus Oakes, ‘Alexander III and the Barons’ Wars’.
  • Sophie Ambler, ‘The Montfortian revolution and Scottish political thought’.

Part III: Law and the construction of Scottish independence


  • Alice Taylor, ‘Robert I’s legal reforms, 1318’
  • Sarah Tebbit, ‘The legal context of the formulation of nationhood in early fourteenth-century Scottish texts’

4.45–5.15: Summing up (Dauvit Broun)

The Corinthian Club

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We began our tour to Arran and the West Coast of Scotland at the Corinthian Club, a truly magnificent venue situated in downtown Glasgow.

The architecture is something to behold and while I was trying to acquaint myself with the remainder of the group, I confess I was  wondering how I could possibly get a decent amount of photos of the room we were having lunch in.


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David Hamilton built the building in 1842 on the site of the 18th Century Virginia Mansion.  It was very elaborately decorated by renown architects, artists and artisans including James Salmon (Sr.), John Thomas and James Ballantine.

It was originally used for the Glasgow Ship Bank and in 1929, it was converted to judiciary courts, when the interiors were hidden behind false walls and ceilings.

G1 Group restored the building in 1999, including the reconstruction of Roman Doric and fantastic classical architecture.


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The venue is set up for anything as simple as a quiet lunch while out shopping to weddings and large corporate events.  It houses a Brasserie, 5 bars, 7 event spaces, a Casino and Club, all over 14 rooms and 5 floors.




We were served a very tasty lunch there and I had a breast of chicken supreme, with black pudding mash, baby carrots and a mustard sauce.  The mustard set the chicken off nicely and the black pudding mash was delicious.


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