Clyne Heritage Society

Clyne Heritage Society

Lectures 2018-19

During the winter months the Society organises evening lectures, which are usually held in the Brora Community Centre at the rear of Brora Primary School, unless otherwise advised. All talks begin at 7.30pm and most are held on a Thursday. Lectures are open to all and there is usually a raffle (donations always welcome) - refreshments and admission are free. Anyone wishing to join the Society will be made particularly welcome. Information on the Society's activities can be found here or on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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  • October 18th, 2018 – The Jellicoe Express
    Robert Foden - local historian, Kirkwall.
    A talk about the troop train that rattled through Brora on its journey from London to Thurso during World Wars 1 & 2.
  • November 15th, 2018 – The Far North Line - then, now and the future
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    Mike Lunan - Former Convenor of ‘The Friends of the Far North Line.’
    The railway line north of Inverness began in 1860 when Dingwall, then Invergordon were reached. An extension to Bonar Bridge followed in 1864, then it was extended to Golspie by 1868. The line to Helmsdale was completed in 1870 and then on to Wick and Thurso by 1874, thereby completing the Far North Line. What lies in store for our lifeline railway in the future?
    Mike has lived in Thurso since 2005; before moving there he lived on Arran for many years, and was Convener of the Rail Passengers’ Committee for Scotland until the RPC network was abolished in 2005.
  • February 21st, 2019 – James Calder - the Cromarty radical
    Dr David Alston - Cromarty Courthouse Museum.
    Dr Alston, Museum Mentor, tells the fascinating story of James Calder (1773-1846).
  • March 21st, 2019 – Clyne Heritage Society’s Coming of Age
    Dr Nick Lindsay - Chairman.
    What we have done and what we shall do.
  • April 18th, 2019 – The Kilt at War
    Dr Tom Greenshields - military historian and author.
    Dr Greenshields, from London, details the mystique and tradition of the kilt and its practicality in the Great War.
  • May 16th, 2019 – The Iron Duke
    Dr Anne Tindley - Senior Lecturer in History, Newcastle University.
    A welcome return from Dr Tindley who will tell of land reclamations and aristocratic decline in Sutherland, from c.1869 - 1884.
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Previous lectures have included: Drove roads, Sciberscross, Art & Landscapes, Land Boundaries, Volunteer Troops, Crofting, The Western Front, Kilfeddermore, Brora Golf Club, Melvilles in Clyne, Historic Landscapes of Sutherland, Clearance of Strathbrora, Secret Sutherland and Patrick Sellar.

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