Monday, 1 July 2019
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 email@example.com.
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.