Friday, 8 November 2013

Previously... Scotland's History Festival

The third year of Previously... Scotland's History Festival gets under way across Edinburgh (with a few events also in Glasgow, Falkirk, Roslin, Penicuik, Muir of Ord, Crichton and Dunfermline) from November 13th-30th.

From the event's website:

Year 3 and this is our most ambitious Previously...ever. Look out for talks, performance poetry, live music and theatre productions. Storytelling, great authors, exhibitions, food and drink. Get active with 3 weeks of guided walks, bus and cycle tours. Graveyards, dungeons, homes, castles, streets and alleyways to explore.

The event will also have a permanent hub for the first time, created in the historic Adam House building on Chambers Street in Edinburgh. Former politicians Tam Dalyell and Gordon Wilson, broadcaster James Naughtie, Lesley Riddoch and Billy Kay, authors Andrew Greig, Alan Bissett and historians Tom Devine and Alistair Moffat are all due to appear.

For full details on the programme visit


My latest book, Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, is now available from (print) and (ebook), whilst Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet is available at My next Pharos Scottish course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, starts Nov 13th - see

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