Friday, 30 September 2011

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Scottish Branch of the Society will be on Monday 24th. October in the Quaker Meeting House Victoria Terrace Edinburgh - aim to be there for 7.00 p.m.

For full details of the Quaker Meeting House and how to get there see their website

On the evening we are very pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Turnbull who will speak on

The meeting is open to all - no charge.

Earlier a number of members will be meeting to enjoy a bite to eat in the The Royal McGregor 154 High Street.

In the aftrenoon at 2.30 p.m. some members will be meeting to view the Singing the Reformation exhibition in the University Library on George Square.If we can justify sufficient numbers we are hoping to be given a specialized guided tour. Quoting from the University's website re. the exhibition;

  • Step into the world of Reformation Scotland to see and hear how singing touched everyone.
  • Listen to the early music that was sung and played in early modern Scotland whilst viewing the original musical manuscripts and musical instruments.
  • Investigate how music was found within church and chamber and was part of life in ordinary households as well as in the royal court.
  • See how contemporary visual images of the natural world found in wall panels and paintings, minatures and needlework complement the songs and all ‘sing’ together with a 'chereful voyce'.
  • Examine the most important surviving source for Scotland’s early music found within Thomas Wode’s partbooks.
  • View all eight Partbooks brought together from across the world for the very first time.
  • Follow the careers of Thomas Wode, the man who preserved the music and of his patron Lord James Stewart, Regent Moray.
  • With the help of contemporary books, manuscripts, paintings and maps enter into the soundscape surrounding a Scot during the reign of King James VI.
  • Understand the role of psalm singing before and after the Protestant Reformation and how it continues to this day.
All enquiries contact Ronald Morrison

Looks like a most interesting day in prospect,

Friday, 23 September 2011

Mary,Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped off

Mary, Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off.

Have just learned that Liz Lockhead's highly acclaimed but historically very inaccurate play "Mary, Queen of Scots got her Head chopped off "will be running at the The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh until 15th. October.

So far as I can see the production would seem to be receiving very favourable reviews.

For full details of of cast, performance times and admission charges see


Saturday, 17 September 2011

Seige of Haddington Walk

Reconstruction by Andrew Spratt of English Earth and Timber Fortress at Haddington
during the Siege of 1548.

Jean Fairbairn has brought to my attention an Archaeological Walk organised by East Lothian Archaeological Service of the site of the Siege of Haddington in 1548 which is taking place on 29th. October.

This would form a very natural follow-up to the tour of  the Battlefield of Pinkie Cleugh recently enjoyed by several of our members - see report

The walk which will be led by Stephanie Leith will last from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and there will be a charge of £3. Stout foot wear and wet weather gear are essential To book contact Stephanie on 01620 827408 or e-mail

Ronald Morrison

Monday, 5 September 2011

A Busy Week-end

A busy week-end for members of the Society.

Saturday saw the Society outing to Dunfermline and Rosyth Castle very ably organized by Society members, Lilian Cameron and Lindsay Fowell while on Sunday nine members enjoyed a mini-bus tour of Pinkie Cleugh Battlefield arranged by the Pinkie Cleugh Battlefield Group.

Full reports of these outings on the website shortly.

Meantime though some images from Rosyth - unfortunately because of camera problems none from Sunday