February 2019

The February meeting will be held on 12th February 2019, at 11.00am in Easterbrook Hall. Coffee will be available from 10.30am. Please note the membership card erroneously states that the meeting is on the 13th February.

The February Lecture is titled The Scots in Eighteenth-Century Rome: Artists, Antiquarians and Art Dealers and the lecturer is ProfessorBrendan Cassidy

The Grand Tour was an important rite of passage among members of the British upper class to complete their education, By the second half of the eighteenth century, a number of highly educated Scotsmen had all but cornered the market as guides & mentors to British tourists in Rome & Naples.

Men such as James Byres, Colin Morison, James Clark and Gavin Hamilton (and others besides) instructed tourists on Italian culture (ancient and modern), sold them works of art. Through their various activities they played a central role in the formation of eighteenth-century British taste.

This lecture will consider the achievements of these ‘men o’ pairts’, representatives of the Scottish Enlightenment abroad.

Brendan Cassidy has recently retired as Professor of Art History at the University of St Andrews. He started life as a scientist (of sorts) and taught chemistry in West Africa before taking his M.A. in Art History at Edinburgh and Ph.D. at Cambridge. His research interests cover Italian art c.1250-1600, British art and the Grand Tour on which he has published and lectured widely.

The March meeting will be held on 12th March 2019, at 11.00am in Easterbrook Hall. Coffee will be available from 10.30am.


Parish News 

If you didn’t attend the Anniversary Lunch in October, then your copy of 50 Treasures of Dumfries and Galloway will be available to pick up at reception. Additional copies are available for sale.

Dates for your diaries

SPECIAL INTEREST DAYS:     There will be a Special Interest day on Thursday 9th May with a visit to Elshieshields Tower. More details in March.

TOURS:     There will be a visit to Holker Hall in Cumbria and to Cartmel Priory on May 15th 2019. This covers coach travel, all refreshments, and a guided tour. More details at the February meeting.



Mike Wortley