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‘Scottish workers in France, 1815-1870’

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On 10 January, 2017, the Centre welcomed Fabrice Bensimon (Université Paris-Sorbonne) to discuss ‘Scottish workers in France, 1815-1870’. In his lecture he focused on the experiences of the approximately 1,000 – 1,500 linen workers from Dundee that emigrated to France from 1815-1870. He discussed the practicalities of migrating to these areas to work in linen… Continue reading

‘Govan Young and Old: Towards a Sustainable Future’

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On 6 December 2016, the Centre welcomed Dr. Stephen Driscoll (University of Glasgow) and Dr. David Archibald (University of Glasgow Film & TV Studies) to discuss ‘Govan Old: towards a Sustainable Future’ and to present the short film Govan Young. Stephen began by saying that this lecture was meant to stimulate discussion on what constitutes sustainability and… Continue reading

‘Finn macCumaill’s Places’

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On 29 November, 2016, the Centre welcomed Professor Elizabeth FitzPatrick (School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI Galway) to discuss ‘Finn macCumaill’s Places’ for the Eleventh Annual Angus Matheson Memorial Lecture. The Annual Angus Matheson Memorial Lecture began in 2006 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Chair of Celtic in the University… Continue reading

‘Early Irish Migrations to Scotland – Difficulties, Debates and DNA’

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On 28 November, 2016, the Centre welcomed Cathy Swift (Director of Irish Studies in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick) to discuss ‘Early Irish Migrations to Scotland – Difficulties, Debates and DNA.’ Diasporic peoples are becoming increasingly interested in where their ancestors came from, especially people from the United States and Australia. Recently, DNA analysis has… Continue reading

‘Ireland and the Art of Stone Carving in Early Medieval Europe’

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Professor Roger Stalley, Fellow Emeritus of Trinity College Dublin, gave the Dalrymple Lectures this year in the Sir Charles Wilson Building. His four lectures focused on different aspects of the art of stone carving of the Irish High Crosses. The abstracts from each of his lectures is provided below: Ireland and the art of stone… Continue reading

‘Expanding the conversation: a previously unedited poem from Acallam na Senórach’

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On 8 November, 2016, the Centre welcomed Geraldine Parsons (University of Glasgow) to discuss ‘Expanding the conversation: a previously unedited poem from Acallam na Senórach’. Geraldine Parsons began by saying that this lecture focuses on a short section of the Acallam na Senórach, which she described as “a lengthy, complex vernacular literary narrative written circa 1200.” It is… Continue reading

‘Politics and the Public Domain in the Later Fifteenth Century’

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On 25 October, 2016, the Centre welcomed Claire Hawes (Aberdeen) to discuss ‘Politics and the Public Domain in the Later Fifteenth Century’. This lecture offered revisionist perspectives on the familiar ground of crown-magnate relations, which has dominated much of the historical scholarship on late medieval Scotland. At the heart of the discussion was the critical assertion… Continue reading

‘The Public History of Scotland and Caribbean Slavery’

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On 31 October, 2016, the Centre welcomed Dr Stephen Mullen (University of Glasgow), Louise Welsh (University of Glasgow), Jude Barber (Glasgow) and Michael R. E. Hopcroft (University of Dundee) to discuss ‘The Public History of Scotland and Caribbean Slavery’. This consisted of three twenty-minute presentations: ‘The Myth of the white Scottish Slaves’ by Stephen Mullen, ‘Highland… Continue reading

‘Scots Law and the British Empire, c. 1750-1820’

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On 29 September, 2016, the Centre welcomed Andrew Mackillop from the University of Aberdeen to discuss ‘Scots Law and the British Empire, c. 1750-1820.’ Below is a short summary of his lecture. This paper grew out of the Andrew Mackillop’s long-standing interest in studying the experiences of the Scots, Irish and Welsh within the British Indian… Continue reading

‘Sequencing Dafydd ap Gwilym’

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On 18 October, 2016, the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies welcomed our own Thomas Clancy, Professor of Celtic at the University of Glasgow, to discuss ‘Sequencing Dafydd ap Gwilym.’ He began by saying that this lecture was largely the result of thoughts that arose while editing his father’s most recent book, The Poems of Dafydd Ap Gwilym. Professor Joseph P. Clancy… Continue reading