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

The new syllabus for the 2017-18 season is now ready. It's a varied and interesting programme with topics ranging from the Romans right up to the Spanish Civil War. And most will have some special references to West Lothian. The first speaker of the new programme is Dr Fiona Watson, the well-known historian and television presenter. Her topic will focus on Edward I in scotland (with particular reference to Linlithgow). And her talk has an intriguing title - The master carpenter and the female engineer.
All are welcome to come along. If you're interested in joining the society, even better! Contact our membership secretary, Jane Bennie at janebennie46@gmail.com, or just come along on the night.
Here's the syllabus: West Lothian History and Amenity Society, 2017-18


September 20
Ecclesmachan Village Hall, 7.30pm
Fiona Watson, historian and television presenter
The master carpenter and the female engineer: oppression and opportunity in Edward Iís Scotland (with special reference to Linlithgow)
***After the meeting, members are invited to stay for tea/coffee and homebaking.

October 18
Acredale House, Mid Street, Bathgate, 7.30pm
Fraser Hunter, National Museums of Scotland
War and diplomacy on the northern frontier: the impact of the Romans in Scotland

November 15
Chalmers Hall, Linlithgow Bridge, 7.30pm
Fraser Raeburn, Edinburgh University
Scotland and the Spanish Civil War (with spec. ref. to WL)


February 21
Acredale House, Mid Street, Bathgate, 7.30pm
Matt Hume, volunteer with West Lothian Museums Service
Rows, tenements and terraces: housing the people of West Lothian

March 21
Boíness Library, Scotlandís Close, 7.30pm
Craig Mair, historian and writer
Understanding Scottish castles

April 18
Ecclesmachan Village Hall, 7.30pm
Robin Urquhart, archivist
Benefits, migrants and tax avoidance in 18th and 19th century Scotland

May 16
Chalmers Hall, Linlithgow Bridge, 7.30pm
Catherine Walker, Curator, War Poets Collection, Craiglockart
Craiglockhart and the War Poets (and small display on poet/composer Ivor Gurney at Bangour Hospital during WW1)



Hon. President The Marquess of Linlithgow

Chairman Andrew Simpson, Blacklaws, near Longridge, EH47 8AA. Tel. 01501 770781

Secretary Anne Baillie, 4 Academy Street, Armadale, EH48 3JD. Tel. 01501 739337

Treasurer George Petrie, 56 Macfarlane Place, Uphall, EH52 5PS. Tel. 01506 856274

Amenity Secretary Tom Inglis, 18 Caroline Gardens, Mid Calder, EH53 0SX. Tel. 01506 883697

Membership Secretary Jane Bennie. janebennie46@gmail.com

Syllabus Secretary Sybil Cavanagh. sybil.cavanagh@hotmail.co.uk. Tel. 01506 811298.


Scottish Charity No. SC013743