‘An inventory of a fragment of Alexander Seton’s library at Pinkie House’

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On 17 May, 2016, the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies welcomed Ian Campbell, Professor of Architectural Theory and History at the University of Edinburgh, to discuss ‘An inventory of a fragment of Alexander Seton’s library at Pinkie House.’ He is currently the convenor of the Scottish Catholic Historical Association. This lecture was based on his work… Continue reading

‘A thousand years of Welsh scribes’

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On 10 May, 2016, the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies welcomed Daniel Huws of the National Library of Wales to discuss ‘A thousand years of Welsh scribes,’ which is based on his work on his forth-coming book ‘A Repertory of Welsh Manuscripts and Scribes.’ Daniel Huws became interested in Welsh poets and their manuscripts in… Continue reading

‘The Shape of the State in Medieval Scotland 1124-1290’

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On 3 May 2016, the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies welcomed Alice Taylor (King’s College London) to discuss ‘The Shape of the State in Medieval Scotland 1124-1290,’ the title of her newly published book. Professor Dauvit Broun interviewed Alice Taylor about the methods by which she explored the material, how her book relates to… Continue reading

‘Looking behind Celts: views from an exhibition’

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On 26 April, 2016, the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies welcomed Fraser Hunter and Martin Goldberg from the National Museums of Scotland to discuss ‘Looking behind Celts: views from an exhibition.’ Below is this listener’s brief summary of the lecture. Fraser Hunter began by explaining that the aim of this lecture was to discuss… Continue reading

‘Narrating the Irish story of conversion: the earliest lives of St Patrick and the formation of Irish Christian identity’

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On 19 April, 2016, the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies welcomed Katja Ritari (Helsinki) to discuss ‘Narrating the Irish story of conversion: the earliest lives of St Patrick and the formation of Irish Christian identity.’ Below is this listener’s brief summary of the lecture. Katja began by stating that the process of conversion is referred to… Continue reading

‘Roderick MacLean of Iona (d. 1553): a renaissance Humanist from the Western Isles’

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On 22 March, 2016, the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies welcomed Alan Macquarrie to discuss ‘Roderick MacLean of Iona (d. 1553): a renaissance Humanist from the Western Isles’ for the Second Annual John Durkan Memorial Lecture.  Dr. John Durkan was Senior Research Fellow in Scottish History at the University of Glasgow from 1976 until… Continue reading

‘”The Political Imagination”: Irish Fantasy Writers and the Easter Rising’

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On 15 March, 2016, the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies welcomed Rob Maslen to discuss ‘”The Political Imagination”: Irish Fantasy Writers and the Easter Rising.’ Below is this listener’s brief summary of the lecture. Rob Maslen began by explaining that the aim of this paper was to explore the concept of fantasy writing as a… Continue reading

‘Anticipatory Ancestry: why relational pasts matter’

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On 8 March, 2016, the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies welcomed Nyree Finlay (Glasgow) to discuss ‘Anticipatory Ancestry: why relational pasts matter.’ Below is this listener’s brief summary of the lecture. Nyree began by explaining that the aims of this lecture were to contextualize the venture into Ancestral Studies that she and Nicole Meehan are… Continue reading

‘The Scots in Ulster and the Colonial “Enterprise” of Walter Devereux, Earl of Essex, 1573-1575’

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On March 1, 2016, the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies welcomed Christopher McMillan (Glasgow) to discuss ‘The Scots in Ulster and the Colonial “Enterprise” of Walter Devereux, Earl of Essex, 1573-1575.’ Below is this listener’s brief summary of the lecture. Chris explained that this paper is based largely on a specific chapter of his PhD… Continue reading

‘Lament for the Dead in Early Irish Tradition: A Gendered Genre?’

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On February 24, 2016, the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies welcomed Alexandra Bergholm (Helsinki) to discuss ‘Lament for the Dead in Early Irish Tradition: A Gendered Genre?’ Below is this listener’s brief summary of the lecture. Alexandra began by describing the lament as a funerary ritual expression or articulation of a significant experience of loss. The… Continue reading