West Lothian History and Amenity Society

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All meetings start at 7.30pm - new members are always welcome!

Syllabus Secretary

Sybil Cavanagh


Tel. 01506 811298


Meetings at 7-30pm

Wednesday 21st September

Ecclesmachan Village Hall
Amanda Noble
The Bank of Scotland in the Community

This will be a joint meeting with the West Lothian Family History Society and will take the form of a social evening with home baking and clootie dumpling.


Wednesday 19th October

Thomas Muir of Huntershill

Wednesday’s talk to the West Lothian History and Amenity Society is on Thomas Muir of Huntershill.   Muir was a Scot whose life resembled something out of Pirates of the Caribbean.  He grew up in Glasgow, became a lawyer and a radical reformer.  He lived at a time of severe repression at the end of the 18th century, when the Government feared any calls for reform would lead to another French Revolution right here in Britain.  Thomas Muir spoke out fearlessly, but was arrested, tried, and convicted of sedition, and transported to Australia.  He managed to escape and sailed for America, but was captured by Spanish authorities who put him on a ship to Spain.  On the way, his ship got into battle with a British warship, during which Muir lost an eye.  More adventures followed before his short, adventurous and daring life came to an early close.

The speakers are Don Martin and Jimmy Watson, and the meeting is at Bo’ness Library on Wednesday 19 October at 7.30pm.  All welcome.   


Wednesday 16th November

Chalmer's Hall, Linlithgow Bridge.
Philippa Langley, President of the Scottish Branch of the Richard the
Third Society.
Finding Richard the Third

The local bookshop 'Far From the Madding Crowd' will be at this meeting with
copies of Philippa Langley' s book, so there will be an opportunity to buy a
signed copy


February 15th at 7.30pm
Venue - Acredale House, Mid Street, Bathgate.
Speaker - Christine McPerson
Topic - The History and archaeology of St. Kilda

March 15th 2017 at 7.30pm

Venue- Bo'ness Library, Scotland's Close, Bo'ness
Speaker - Cairns Mason
Topic - John Reid, Gard'ner ( born Niddry Castle, author of the first gardening
book , 1683)

April 19th 2017 at 7.30pm

Venue - Ecclesmachan Village Hall
Speaker - Richard Oram
Topic - Re-writing History: New Light on Linlithgow Palace

May 17th 2017 at 7.30pm (A.G.M.)
Venue - Chalmer's Hall, Linlithgow Bridge
Speaker - John Jackson
Topic - Arran in Books: from the 18th century to the present.






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