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A Queen’s Jewel Box: The 1566 Inventory of Mary Queen of Scots

Dr Alison Rosie of the National Records of Scotland spoke on this topic. She dealt comprehensively with the inventories and…Continue readingA Queen’s Jewel Box: The 1566 Inventory of Mary Queen of Scots

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John Kincaid, Scotland’s Witch Brodder

In a very entertaining, lucid talk without visual aids, Mary Craig shed light on one of the darker manifestations of…Continue readingJohn Kincaid, Scotland’s Witch Brodder

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The Viking Age in Southern Scotland:new thoughts on old finds by Adrian Maldonaldo

Adrian gave us an analysis of the historical and archaeological evidence concerning what is known as the Viking Age –…Continue readingThe Viking Age in Southern Scotland:new thoughts on old finds by Adrian Maldonaldo

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2022 Members Outing to Thirlestane Castle

Twenty three members enjoyed an interesting outing to Thirlestane Castle in Lauder on Tuesday 28th June 2022. Two guides escorted…Continue reading2022 Members Outing to Thirlestane Castle

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The Peebles Hoard

The final talk in our 2021/22 season was given by Emily Freeman, manager of the Treasure Trove Unit in Scotland.…Continue readingThe Peebles Hoard

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Lost Haddington

Lifetime Haddington resident John Hamilton has taken on the mantle of past collectors of photographs of Haddington such as George…Continue readingLost Haddington

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Stories from Garleton: A Castle’s Tale

In a very entertaining talk David Connolly led us through some of the complexities of the construction and history of…Continue readingStories from Garleton: A Castle’s Tale

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The Grand Fleet in the Forth – The Royal Navy in World War 1

Andrew Kerr treated us to a detailed and fascinating talk covering the range of naval actions in WW1 – those…Continue readingThe Grand Fleet in the Forth – The Royal Navy in World War 1

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Of Popcorn and Picture Houses: A History of Haddington Cinemas

Opened in the 1940s/50s on the site of the original County Cinema, HAddington (o. 1930s by Scott’s Empires (Paulo & Scott). Destroyed by fire, early 40s)Continue readingOf Popcorn and Picture Houses: A History of Haddington Cinemas

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The Whitadder Project – Investigating archaeology in the Lammermuirs

On Thursday 9th September the first talk of the 2021/2022 season, which was part of East Lothian’s Archaeology Fortnight, was…Continue readingThe Whitadder Project – Investigating archaeology in the Lammermuirs

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Scottish Caribbean Historical Connections

April 15th 2021 Professor Sir Geoff Palmer gave a thought provoking talk about “Scottish Caribbean Historical Connections” He explained that…Continue readingScottish Caribbean Historical Connections

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The life of the 1st Marquess of Dalhousie

Fran Woodrow, one of East Lothian Council’s archivists, described the life of the 1st Marquess of Dalhousie using letters and…Continue readingThe life of the 1st Marquess of Dalhousie