|Thurs 25th Sep 2014
||Jean Brittain - Hugh Kennedy of Ardstinchar
Hugh Kennedy was, amongst other things, the builder of
Ardstinchar Castle in Ballantrae, as well as a priest, soldier,
pillager, diplomat, counsellor to kings and Archdeacon of St
Andrews. Jean will give us some insight into this fascinating
|Wed 8th Oct 2014||
Denis Rattenbury– A walk along the route taken by
Tam O’Shanter on his grey mare |
Denis will be
guiding us on a walk following the route taken by Tam in
Burns wonderful poem on his way to the Big o’Doon that
stormy night. Meet outside the entrance to Rozelle House at
1pm. (Distance of the walk is around 4 miles)
|Thurs 16th Oct 2014||Nat Edwards – Darien
The trading colony in Darien, on the
Isthmus of Panama, was founded to help secure a wider market
for Scottish traders excluded from the privileges enjoyed by
English traders under the English Navigation Acts. Nat will
be telling us about the scheme and why it failed.
|Thurs 20th Nov 2014||Chris Waddell – ‘Ae
Spark O’ Nature’s Fire’ |
Robert Burns had a
remarkable understanding of the flora and fauna around him,
and made frequent and insightful references to nature in his
poems. Chris, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum Learning
Manager, has a special interest in this area and will be
giving us some of his insight.
|Thurs 11th Dec 2014||Members only quiz
night with cheese and wine (and fruit juice!) |
Just for fun!
|Thurs 15th Jan 2015||Members only -
history sites to visit! Followed by cheese and wine, etc.
We’ll be in touch in December looking for
volunteers to show a few pictures and say a few words about
a site of historical interest visited during this year. John
will do any scanning and preparation needed.
|Thurs 19th Feb 2015||Ronnie Breingan -
The Boys Brigade |
The Boys' Brigade was founded
in Glasgow on 4th October 1883 by Sir William Alexander
Smith. From this one Company formed in Scotland the BB has
grown in to a world-wide movement having worked with
millions of children and young people for well over a
century. Ronnie, who has had a long association with the
organisation, will be telling us more about it.
|Thurs 19th Mar 2015||Ian Winstanley –
Where did the flying boats go? |
will be telling us about the fascinating history of the
Flying Boats on the Clyde during World War II. These planes
were a common sight at that time, including Sunderlands and
Catalinas. The present Largs lifeboat slipway was built to
bring the flying boats ashore for maintenance.
|Thurs 16th Apr 2015||Hugh Farrell - Would
the real Robert Burns please stand |
heard, and read, a great many variations on the life and
times of Robert Burns. Indeed, we have had so many
regurgitations, we have completely lost sight of the
original meal. I'll try to get back to that meal!
|Thurs 7th May 2015|| Members only - AGM
followed by a talk and cheese and wine, etc. |
will be held in the Education Pavilion at Burn’s Cottage in
Alloway with the meeting starting at 7:30pm. After the
business is over there will be a talk followed by some light
|June (probably) 2015||Members only -
Ferry to Rothesay and a visit to Mount Stuart – date to be
We will meet at Wemyss Bay and catch
the ferry together for a visit to the fabulous home of the
Marquess of Bute. Details will be sent out nearer the day.