WINTER TALKS 2018/19
Meetings will be held in Stranraer Library, Upper Meeting Room.
Bill Gill Memorial Lecture:
The Wigtownshire Antiquarian & Natural History Society hosts a lecture each year in memory of the late Bill Gill, local historian and former Principal Teacher of History at Stranraer High School and Stranraer Academy.
Thursday 20 September 2018
Bridgescapes: A Journey Through Scotland’s Bridge Building Heritage
L Bruce Keith
In this illustrated talk, debut author Bruce Keith will discuss his book ‘Bridgescapes’:
a personal journey through history, celebrating Scotland’s bridge building heritage.
As well as reflecting on the illustrious history of bridge-
Copies of Bridgescapes will be available on the night.
Thursday 18 October 2018
Responses of People in Prehistory to Coastal Change: Case studies around Luce Bay
Dr Richard Tipping (University of Stirling)
Dr Richard Tipping of the University of Stirling will present the findings of recent research which he and colleagues have carried out in the Luce Bay area. The work has been enabled by support from Stranraer and District Local History Trust and is based on reconstructing environmental change over the last 12,000 years. Explaining the science clearly, the research will be related to a range of antiquarian interests and includes extraordinary results generated at Dunragit to accompany Julian Thomas’ excavations.
Thursday 15 November 2018
Hunting Witches in Galloway
Dr Lizanne Henderson (University of Glasgow)
From the mid-
Thursday 17 January 2019
Logan Gardens: Past, present and future
Richard Baines (Curator, Logan Botanic Garden)
The Garden dates back to 1869 and 100 years later, in 1969, after it was gifted to the nation, it became Logan Botanic Garden, a regional Garden of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Curator Richard Baines will explain how Logan’s almost subtropical climate has enabled it to develop the reputation it has today as Scotland’s most exotic garden. From early beginnings to the latest introductions find out how Logan has established a unique collection of plants focused on the Southern hemisphere.
Thursday 21 February 2019
Rev William Symington, Reformed Presbyterian Minister in Stranraer 1819-
Rev Stephen Steele (Current Reformed Presbyterian Minister in Stranraer)
2019 will be the 200th anniversary of the Reverend William Symington’s ordination
in Stranraer where he commanded significant influence on the south west of Scotland
and the wider ecclesiastical scene. A noted evangelical in the covenanting tradition,
Symington was none the less outward-
Thursday 21 March 2019
AGM & Members’ Night All welcome!
The AGM will be followed by an open forum with short talks from Members. This will include a report on the recent Stranraer Probus visit to Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum. Anyone with an interest in the Society is welcome to attend.
Annual membership of the Society is a bargain at £10. Visitors are welcome to attend any of the talks for £3 per evening, with students being free.
Anyone interested in joining our sister organisation, Wigtownshire Antiquarian and
Natural History Society should contact the Secretary, Pam Taylor, Email -