Friday, 1 November 2019

Tour of Galt's Glasgow

On 1st October members enjoyed a walking tour of Galt's Glasgow, led by local historian Michael Martin.  We started at Glasgow Cross, made our way down to Glasgow Green and then back up the Saltmarket and High Street.  Refreshed by a cup of tea in the St Mungo Museum we moved back down the hill by way of some fascinating lanes and alleyways which we would ordinarily never have noticed to finish at Stockwell Street .  We were favoured by a sunny afternoon and by MIchael's extensive knowledge of both Galt's works and the Glasgow of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  We are grateful to Michael for giving us his time and his expertise.

For more on this theme why not browse the slides on show during Craig Lamont's talk on Galt and Glasgow [image from presentation].

Monday, 1 July 2019

New article on Galt

FYI: Jeffrey Cass, 'John Galt: Capitalism and Ecology', The Wordsworth Circle (Spring 2019, p. 247).

Galt's Glasgow & Visit to Abbotsford

As announced at the AGM the Society will be organising a walking tour of Galt's Glasgow, guided by Michael Martin.  The date has not yet been fixed but is likely to be late September or early October.  We are also trying to arrange a visit to the library at Abbotsford, probably during August.  Members who would like to participate in either (or both) of these events can register their interest with the Secretary at

The 2019 Memorial Lecture

The 2019 Memorial Lecture was delivered in Irvine Town House by Professor Ian Campbell.  His subject was "Galt and the Kirk" and, with particular reference to The Ayrshire Legatees and Annals of the Parish, he showed how Galt described both the extent of the influence the Church wielded in small Scottish communities and how and why that influence was eroded as the eighteenth century gave way to the nineteenth.  The lecture was very well received by an audience which included a visiting party from Guelph, the city Galt founded in Ontario and which included 2 actors and musicians who entertained the company before the lecture with a dramatised performance relating to the founding of the city and the issues which colonisation raised.  We are again grateful to North Ayrshire Council for their generous hospitality in hosting this event.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

History, Narrative and Language in the Fiction of John Galt

Many thanks to those who made it to this year's John Galt Memorial Lecture. For those who didn't, it was delivered by the writer Dr James Robertson on 4 May 2018 in Greenock, and you can read the paper here.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Next Galt Memorial Lecture

Acclaimed novelist James Robertson will be delivering the second in the relaunched Galt Memorial Lecture series.  Thanks to generous support from Inverclyde Council it will take place at the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock at 7:00 pm on Friday 4th May and will be followed by a buffet supper with wine.  Tickets can be reserved by contacting the Society's secretary at The venue is appropriate because the Beacon is on the Greenock waterfront almost on the spot where Galt began his working life.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Upcoming Edinburgh Edition of Selected Works

Preparations are underway to publish a scholarly edition of Galt's works with Edinburgh University Press. Beginning in 2020, the following volumes will be the first to appear:

  • Annals of the Parish (ed. Robert Irvine)
  • Sir Andrew Wylie, of that Ilk (ed. Sharon Alker)
  • The Entail (ed. Mark Schoenfield & Clare Simmons)
  • The Provost (ed. Caroline McCracken-Flesher)
  • Three Short Novels: Glenfell, Andrew of Padua, The Omen (ed. Angela Esterhammer)
  • Bogle Corbet (ed. Katie Trumpener)
In addition, the research team of Prof. Angela Esterhammer, General Editor of the series, has set up a website profiling the John Galt Project at the University of Toronto.

Among other things, the site features transcriptions of unpublished manuscript material held at the Archives of Ontario.