Autumn 2016 Programme

Nicol, John Watson, 1856-1926; Lochaber No More

Nicol, John Watson; Lochaber No More; The Fleming Collection;

  • 4 October: Shane Smith (Northumbria University),

“Business, farming and ‘jolly good times’: The migration of British and Irish soldiers to the Perth military settlement in Upper Canada 1815-1850.

Shane Smith considers the Perth settlement which, in the first half of the 19th century,became home to emigrants and many discharged soldiers from the British Isles.  His paper looks at motivations for settlement and matters of land allocation. It examines how a small group of British and Irish officers came to dominate Perth’s business and local government.

  • 17 October: Dr Stephen Mullen (University of Glasgow)

‘Toil and Care under the Scorching Sun’: Scots in Jamaica, 1776-1838.

Dr Stephen Mullen adopts a transatlantic approach to Scottish emigration to the Caribbean in the period 1776-1838.  His paper explores how young Scots emigrated in increasing numbers to the Caribbean, particularly Jamaica.  What were their motivations?  And what was the nature of the social and economic world they inhabited?

  • 1 November: Sean Murphy (University of St Andrews),

“Imprest on vellum”: Lowland language and the early American republic, c. 1800-1830.

Sean Murphy investigates the apparent enthusiasm for Scottish literature and Lowland Scots language within the United States.  His paper highlights the manner in which Scots forms were seen to set an example for the development of an American English.

  • 15 November: Michael Hopkirk (University of Dundee):   Cancelled. 
  • 29 November: Dr  Lucinda Lax (Scottish National Portrait Gallery)

Franciszek Smuglewicz’s James Byres of Tonley and His Family: A Scottish Antiquarian Network in Eighteenth-Century Rome. 

Dr Lucinda Lax, senior curator of 18th Century Collections at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, looks at the Scottish community in Rome in the 18th century.   With Franciszek Smuglewicz’s portrait of James Byres of Tonley as her starting point, she assesses the reasons why Scots in general, and Byres in particular, became so prominent as Ciceroni for grand tourists at that time.    In what ways did Scottish families operate as “corporations” in 18th century Rome?