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Sources for Scottish Catholic History: A Symposium

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The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Bedford Road

Aberdeen

AB24 3AA

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An afternoon symposium celebrating and showcasing archival sources relating to Scottish Catholic history, and the research based on them.

About this Event

The Scottish Catholic Historical Association, kindly hosted by the Special Collections of the University of Aberdeen, is organising an afternoon symposium celebrating and showcasing archival sources relating to Scottish Catholic history, and the research based on them.

In addition to three speakers covering the medieval, early modern and modern research interests, the University of Aberdeen Special Collections has agreed to showcase some treasures from their collections.

*As we provide lunch, please let us know about any dietary requirements in advance.*

*Please be aware that drop-in attendance is not possible at this event due to Aberdeen University LIbrary check-in procedures.*

Programme

12.00-13.15 Registration and Lunch

13.15-13.20 Welcome

13.20-14.00 Dr Joanna Tucker, University of Glasgow: ‘The Medieval Cartularies in the Scottish Catholic Archives and their Significance’

14.00-14.40 Professor Gerard Carruthers, University of Glasgow: 'Alexander Geddes (1737-1802): Lost Genius of Scottish Culture’

14.40-15.20 Visit to Special Collections to view Archives and Rare Books

15.20-15.40 Coffee/Tea

15.40-16.20 Dr Iida Saarinen, University of Dundee: 'Doctoral research and the (Untapped) Potential of the Scottish Catholic Archives (Historic Archives)'

16.20-16.30 Wrap-up and thank you

The timings have been planned to enable smooth train travel. Aberdeen University Library can be reached by public transport, but taxis are readily available from the railway station.

Speaker biographies

Joanna Tucker is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow, where she obtained her PhD in 2017. Her forthcoming book is a study of medieval cartulary manuscripts, and offers a new methodology for analysing them, based on an intensive study of two Scottish examples (one of which is Glasgow Cathedral’s earliest cartulary manuscript held in the Scottish Catholic Archives: AUL SCA MS JB 1/3). The book is titled Reading and Shaping Medieval Cartularies: Multi-scribe Manuscripts and their Patterns of Growth. A study of the earliest cartularies of Glasgow Cathedral and Lindores Abbey and will be published in 2020.

Gerard Carruthers FRSE is Francis Hutcheson Professor of Literature at the University of Glasgow. Principally an eighteenth-century scholar, he has a particular interest in the life and writings of virtuoso Aberdeenshire priest Alexander Geddes (1737-1802); however, he is also interested in Catholic fiction of the twentieth century, especially Muriel Spark (1918-2006) upon whom his critical work is widely cited, and A.J. Cronin (1896-1981). His ongoing projects include being General Editor for the Oxford University Press edition of the Works of Robert Burns, work on the Calvinist identity of Thomas Muir of Huntershill (1765-99), a co-edited collection of critical essays on Muriel Spark (to be published in 2021) and the editing of The Blackwell Companion to Scottish Literature (over 40 essays coming in at over 300,000 words, also for 2021). He has been Convenor of SCHA since May 2018.

Iida Saarinen has a PhD in history from the University of Edinburgh, where she also completed her undergraduate degree followed by a masters degree in social and cultural history. Her doctoral thesis investigated Scottish Catholic seminarian identities in the nineteenth century, with a particular focus on a group of priests-to-be who were to complete their studies in France. Iida became the honorary secretary of the Scottish Catholic HIstorical Association in October 2017. She is currently working as a freelance historical researcher and trainee archivist whilst pursuing a distance-learning qualification in archives and records management through the University of Dundee.

How to get there

Public Transport

We would recommend delegates to consider taking the train if travelling from further afield.

  • Edinburgh Waverley - Aberdeen: 08:28 - 11:01 / Aberdeen - Edinburgh Waverley: 17:15 - 19:44
  • Dundee - Aberdeen: 10:08 - 11:21 / Aberdeen - Dundee: 17:15 - 18:23
  • Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen: 08:41 - 11:21 / Aberdeen - Glasgow Queen Street: 17:39 - 20:26
  • Stirling - Aberdeen: 09:09 - 11:21 / Aberdeen - Stirling: 17:39 - 19:46

Aberdeen train station is a 10 minute bus ride from the University's main (King's College) campus or a 25 minute walk.

First Bus: The number 1, 1A, 2 and 20 First buses run every 7 minutes (or less during peak times) and go direct from various parts of the centre of town straight to the campus. You can also visit the First Bus website for more detailed timetables and information on planning your journey. First Bus require exact change for their bus fares or accept contactless cards.

Stagecoach: The number 60, 61, 62, 63, 67 and 68 Stagecoach buses run regularly from Union Square bus station and stop at King Street next to the campus. For more information on times and to plan your journey please visit the Stagecoach website. Cash and card are both accepted. A single from Union Square to King Street is roughly £2.50

Taxi from the railway station is approximately £7.50 one way.

Car

Car Parking on campus is unrestricted on Saturdays. Please consider car-sharing with fellow delegates if you are taking this option.

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Aberdeen

AB24 3AA

United Kingdom

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