|Thurs 21st Sep
Jimmy McGee – 150 Years of Farming Equipment
The development of farming equipment, especially over the past
150 years, has transformed agricultural productivity. Jimmy is a
collector and expert on this subject and will be leading us
through these developments.
|Thurs 19th Oct
Ronnie Breighan – Numismatics: Coin Collecting
Ronnie will be telling us about his passion for numismatics;
the study & collection of currency, including coins, tokens,
paper money, and related objects and the broader study of
money and other payment media used to resolve debts and the
exchange of goods.
|Thurs 16th Nov
John Rattenbury – From Ancient Egypt to Glasgow:
The story of the sarcophagus of Pabasa
The talk will look at the history of Egypt around the 26th
dynasty, the role of the Great Steward, Pabasa, and how his
sarcophagus became a key feature of the Egyptian gallery in
Kelvingrove museum and Art Gallery.
|Thurs 21st Dec
Members only quiz
night with cheese and wine (and fruit juice!)
Just for fun!
|Thurs 18th Jan
Video of the restoration of Knock Castle, followed by cheese and wine, etc.
Knock Old Castle, near Largs, dates to the 14th-century
and has been fantastically resurrected over a 5-year long
project, into a truly unique, whimsical, fairy-tale castle.
|Thurs 15th Feb
Melvin Gibson – Robert Burns and the Suffragettes:
Bicycles and Bombs
The background, characters and motivations involved in the
attempt by Suffragettes to blow up Burns Cottage in 1914.
|Thurs 15th Mar
2018||Denis Rattenbury –
The collapse of Douglas, Heron and Company, the Ayr Bank, in
This banking crisis had catastrophic
ramifications for Ayrshire and beyond. It seriously affected
the Burns family at Mount Oliphant and Lochlea.
|Thurs 19th Apr
Sheona Cameron - Jean Armour
Armour, Robert Burns true love and most faithful companion.
Sheona will be introducing us to this remarkable lady.
|Thurs 17th May
AGM, then Stanley Sarsfield – The Eglinton
Tournament (followed by cheese and wine)
After the AGM, Stanley will be telling us about the1839
Eglinton Tournament. The tournament was a romantic
re-enactment of a medieval joust, funded and organized by
Archibald, Earl of Eglinton, which took place at Eglinton
Castle in Ayrshire. Many distinguished visitors took part,
including Prince Louis Napoleon, the future Emperor of the
|Sat 9th June
Members only - Summer outing to
Blair Castle Carriage House
We will be visiting the Carriage House and enjoying some
refreshments there. Tickets and details will be available
nearer the day.