On Saturday 26th
September I headed to the University of Guelph to attend the Fall meeting of the
Center for Scottish
Studies. And as is getting normal these days I took some
pictures to try and give a flavour of the day. I might add that
I did in fact stay at the Holiday Inn at Guelph on the night of
25th and so took in a dinner at Diana Downtown (www.dianadowntown.com)
with Graeme Morton and some of the speakers and also Nola Crewe.
It was an excellent dinner and if get a chance to go out for a
meal in Guelph I'd highly recommend this restaurant.
As usual books were on sale both
modern and antiquarian and then it was heading into the
conference room and Dr Graeme Morton opened the conference.
The first speaker was Mairi Cowan on
"Kindred Spirits: Kinship, Identity, and Religious
Responsibility in Scottish Towns, 1350 - 1560".
The second speaker was Gillian
Leitch on "Robert Burns as a Symbol of Montreal Scottish
Identity, 1801 - 1875" after which we had our first break.
Gillian kindly sent me in a copy of her talk which you can read
Took a few pictures and as on the
left is Alan McKenzie and his friend and on the right Graame
Morton and Gillian Leitch
On the left is Jenny Wormald who
would be giving a talk after the break with Mairi Cowan and on
the right is Sandy MacKay of the Fallbrook Heritage Project
talking with interested spectators.
I noted two very interesting books
on Sandy's table so took a picture so I could check up on them
And of course I needed to take some
pictures of a fellow director of the Scottish Studies Foundation
and the workers that did an excellent job of setting up this
And a quick snap of David Hunter,
President of the Scottish Studies Foundation
And then it was back for The Third
Annual Jill McKenzie Memorial Lecture given by Jenny Wormald on
"Godly Scotland: Myth or Reality?" This took us up to Lunch.
As I headed out for a smoke break
came across some of the students heading to a football match and
as they all looked bright and cheerful thought I'd get a picture
:-) On the right we're all sitting down to partake of an
enjoyable lunch which comes free with the price of the ticket!
After lunch it was over to Dr Graeme
Morton to give a review of the work of his Centre for Scottish
Studies which included giving out awards. And as I'm famous for
never remembering names please feel free to email me with the
recipients names and I can add them in :-)
We were also told about the
Certificate in Scottish Studies
We then had a presentation given by
Kathryn Harvey, head of the University of Guelph Archival &
This was followed by Sandy MacKay giving a
talk on "The Ballinafad Oral History Project" and also talking
about the Fallbrook Project. As I am helping Sandy with his
project I took a video of his talk. As the main avi file
is over 1Gbyte in size I have done my best to crunch it down and
have a couple of options to view this...
The first is an
file of 94Mb
The second option
is a .rm file which can be viewed as a
Real Media movie
but now at 12.8Mb
smaller file will not give you the quality but at least you can
hear the talk.
And then it was onto the next talk
given by Jeremy Crang on "Scotland and the Second World War, A
Andrew Hinson then gave a most
amusing talk on the book "Ties of Bluid, Kin, and Countrie:
Scottish Associational Culture in the Diaspora". I did purchase
a copy of this book :-)
And the final talk of the day was
given by John McGavin on "Theatricality and Narrative in
Medieval and Early-Modern Scotland". He is the winner of the
Frank Watson Prize.
And just as we were at the close a
missing award winner appeared to receive her prize from John A.