Glasgow & West of Scotland Branch Programme

Glasgow & West of Scotland Branch Programme 2023-24

All meetings are held at 10.30am on the second Saturday of the month at Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church Observatory Road, Glasgow West End G12 9AR.

For any branch enquiries please telephone Marie Davidson on 0141 956 1172



Saturday 14 October

Thomas Carlyle Historian (James Clarkson Memorial Lecture)

Owen Dudley Edwards, Hon Fellow, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh

This talk is our 2023 James Clarkson Memorial Lecture, linking Owen’s earlier talk on Lord Macaulay.


Saturday 11 November, 10.30am for the AGM, 11.02am for the talk

HA Glasgow & West of Scotland AGM, followed by

"Return of the King" - James VI & I's visit to Scotland in 1617

Dr Steven Veerapen, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Steven’s latest book about James VI & I The Wisest Fool: The Lavish Life of James VI and I was published in September 2023.

Please note there will be a two minute armistice day silence observed at 11am


Saturday 9 December, 10.30am

The 1820 Rising

Professor Gerard Carruthers, Francis Hutcheson Chair of Scottish Literature, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow

This talk compliments and earlier one by Bob Holman on Keir Hardie. What can a citizen do when confronted by an unjust society?




Saturday 13 January, 10.30am

Scottish Standing Stones

Martin Morrison.

When you have heard Martin you will want to visit all the sites.


Saturday 10 February, 10.30am

Remembering the Reformation: Religion and Memory in the 16th and 17th Centuries

Professor Alexandra Walsham, Emmanuel College, Cambridge

We are privileged to welcome Professor Walsham, President of the Historical Association


Saturday 9 March, 10.30am

From the Long Wood to the Hill Head - Napoleon and Glasgow

Dr John Clark

After an illustrious career but an eventual defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte was imprisoned for six years on the remote island of St Helena, and died there in 1821. His death was investigated at the time and attributed to natural causes, but in the late 1950s an alternative theory was promoted to suggest that he had been poisoned.

Scientists from the University of Glasgow were drawn in by this theory, the expertise enabling them to do so owing much to the enlightened policies of the Emperor himself a century and a half earlier.


Saturday 13 April, 10.30am

‘Our Fathers Fought Franco’: The Spanish Civil War, Working-Class Biography and Family History

Professor Willy Maley