Robert Howie was born in Edinburgh and has lived there all his life. He holds an honours degree in education and has held various promoted posts as a teacher in Edinburgh. He still teaches part-time while focusing on his business. Robert undertook business placements with Edinburgh World Heritage and with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland.
Robert co-formed Historic Edinburgh Tours in 2013, and it became a family-owned business two years later. He represented his company on Dutch TV in 2016 and has provided voluntary assistance on various educational ‘Old Town’ projects. Robert is married and lives in this historic village of Colinton
Robert will lead us on a virtual tour of Edinburgh and share the sites associated with Jacobite history.
Marjory Harper is a Professor of History at the University of Aberdeen and a senior researcher at the Centre for History, University of the Highlands and Islands. Her main research interests are in Scottish emigration. She has published 12 monographs and edited collections, and over 100 articles. Two of her books have won international prizes, including the University of Guelph’s Frank Watson Prize. Her most recent book, based on oral testimony from around 100 interviewees, is about to be published as an audio book.
Marjory's presentation will be on "Voices from the Scottish Diaspora: Highland Emigration to
Canada in the Twentieth Century"
Paul Nixon is a British military historian and author; the proud great-great- grandson of a Crimean War colour-sergeant, and the grateful grandson of a First World War veteran. Paul has a forensic knowledge of British Army regimental numbers and is the driving force behind the British Army Ancestors website
Paul's presentation will be on Scottish Regiments: Tracing Your Military Ancestors
Sandy Thomson is a retired Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He lives in Cromarty, about twenty miles north of Inverness, and is an active member of Cromarty History Society. His principal research interest is in 19th century Highland history.
Sandy's presentation will be "Cromarty Emigrants and the Ships that Took Them"
Gillebride MacMillan is one of the most distinguished Scottish Gaelic singers and educators. A native Scottish Gaelic speaker from South Uist in the Outer Hebrides, Gillebride is a regular performer at music festivals in Scotland and throughout the world. He is an experienced and much sought-after Gaelic teacher and is also the Head of Celtic & Gaelic Studies at The University of Glasgow. Gillebride starred as ‘Gwyllyn the Bard’ in the SonyStarz TV adaptation of Outlander and will feature in the forthcoming ‘Clanlands’ series with Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish.
Lorna Steele is the Community Engagement Officer for the Highland Archive Service, whose four archive centres contain historic documents, covering a third of Scotland’s landmass and dating from the 1200s to the present day. Her role involves connecting a diverse range of audiences, from school pupils to prison inmates, with these fascinating documents.
Lorna will give a presentation on the holdings of the Highland Archive Service
Archivist Alison Diamond, the archivist for the Duke of Argyll, will provide an overview of the records available in the Argyll papers collection to assist you in researching your Scottish ancestors from the Argyll estate and lands owned by the Dukes through time.
Access to the recordings remains open for 6 weeks. Registration opens August 1, 2020