WINTER TALKS 2017/18
Meeting will be held in Stranraer Library, Upper Meeting Room.
Thursday 21 September 2017
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.
The Glenkens -
As parish minister of the Glenkens for over 20 years, Rev Dr David Bartholomew has developed a special understanding of local Covenanters and the struggles they endured in this area which was at the heart of the conflict. Bringing these stories alive with reference to familiar places, the presentation will also set events in the wider context of who the Covenanters were and what they stood for.
Thursday 19 October 2017
Coastal place names and their power of survival -
All names begin by describing a place to other people as a way of helping us find our way in the world. Some place names have existed for hundreds of years while others have been lost, and some names remain in our oral tradition despite never appearing on maps or official documents. Nic Coombey, Coastal Ranger, will look at our amazing coastline and reveal some of the meanings and stories behind place names lost and found.
Thursday 16 November 2017
James Clerk Maxwell: The man who changed everything and was then forgotten -
James Clerk Maxwell was a Galloway man -
Thursday 18 January 2018
Jack Gordon’s ‘Birds of Wigtownshire’: The story and images behind the book’s publication
Jack Gordon’s ‘Birds of Wigtownshire’ book was begun in 1912 but only published in 2016! Chris Rollie of RSPB will reveal the story illustrated by images including evocative old Wigtownshire postcards from John Adair’s impressive collection. Jack Gordon, though small in stature, was a major figure in UK ornithology between the wars and an inspiration to Gavin Maxwell.
Copies of the ‘Birds of Wigtownshire’ are available from The Bookshop, Wigtown, but please note that stocks are low. A few copies may be available from the speaker on the night.
Thursday 15 February 2018
Balgreggan House: Exploring the rich history of this lost country mansion -
Howard Sunderland will uncover the changing fortunes of Balgreggan estate in the
parish of Stoneykirk based on extensive research of the area where he lives. The
drama of early settlements was followed by re-
Thursday 15 March 2018
AGM & Open Forum -
The AGM will be followed by an Open Forum with short talks from Members and anyone with an interest in the Society. This will include contributions from Donnie Nelson and Pam Taylor about Stranraer’s historic buildings and the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme which is underway to help preserve them.
Anyone interested in joining our sister organisation, Wigtownshire Antiquarian and
Natural History Society should contact the Secretary, Pam Taylor, Email -
Telephone Number: 07717 571720