Spring Session of Talks – 2024

Robert Dunmore of Kelvinside (portrait in the style of James Tassie [National Galleries of Scotland])

The first talk of 2024 will be “The Legacies of Slavery in Stirlingshire & Perthshire” by Tara Leishman on Thursday 8th February in the John McLintock Hall at 7.30pm. FREE to members (as usual) and guest entry for just £3 per evening.

Although we often think of slave-owners as the rich men in our cities, even Balfron was tarnished by this ignominious trade. Robert Dunmore who transformed our village into a cotton ‘boom town’ in 1789 owned slave plantations in Jamaica.

The other Thursday evening talks of the Spring season are “Roy’s Maps and the ’45” by David Simpson on 14th March, “Witchcraft in Stirlingshire” by Stirling Archivist Pam McNicol and “Scotland Beneath the Surface” by Bruce Keith with the Group’s AGM on 9th May.