Our Anglo Scots Branch Meetings

Invited Speakers and Social Meetings

OUR PLANNED MEETINGS FOR 2021

 

For the forseeable future, all Anglo Scots branch meetings will be held online via Zoom but, as national restrictions are eased, we are planning different styles of meetings including being back at Manchester Central Library. Please check the meeting details on this page for more information.

Scroll down to see details of our planned meetings or go to where we meet (in normal times).

 

Ancestral Breakthroughs, social meeting

16 October 2021 - online via Zoom

Online via Zoom. This month we are having a social meeting where we invite members to share their latest discoveries and breakthroughs or, if breakthroughs are in short supply, we can try to help each other move their research forward.

With all the dislocations of this last 12 months, we have not held our usual 'Heirlooms' meeting, so please let us know if you have an heirloom of interestest - perhaps something that has been, or still is a mystery in need of a resolution.

  • Date: 16th october 2021
  • Saturday, 2.00pm
  • Venue: Online via Zoom
  • Speaker: social meeting
  • Booking: Eventbrite
  • Cost: members - free of charge
  • Cost: non-members - £3.00
The Ordination of Elders in a Scottish Kirk (1891) by John Henry Lorimer [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

Kirk Sessions: Different Aspects and Palaeography, by Robin Urquhart

20 November 2021 - online via Zoom

Online via Zoom. We have had a few talks about Kirk Session records over the years, but now that a large tranche of Kirk Session records have been released online, we might want to look at the originals, and get that 'feel' for and insight into the events recorded therein.

This presentation will provide historical background to kirk session and other church records, including an explanation of the court process and legal jargon; how kirk session records overlap with OPRs; how they were affected by religious wars and presbyterian church divisions; and what palaeography and Scots language skills you will need to make sense of what you are reading.

  • Date: 20th November 2021
  • Saturday, 2.00pm
  • Venue: Online via Zoom
  • Speaker: Robin Urquhart
  • Booking: Eventbrite
  • Cost: members - free of charge
  • Cost: non-members - £3.00

Where we meet

Our Meeting Rooms

Light and airy, purpose built for meetings and events, and ample room to spread out the seating to comply with any restrictions that might be in place when meetings resume. All meeting rooms at Manchester Central Library are easily accessible.

Our Venue

The recently refurbished Manchester Central Library is our usual venue for our monthly meetings. Situated in the cultural heart of Manchester, the Metrolink station is at the front of the building and is the central part of a public transport system supporting the city and its outlying districts.


Important things to know

Meetings

In normal times the Anglo Scots hold meetings every month except August and December, usually on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Other local events and the availability of speakers may cause a change of date.

Covid-19

Meetings will be at Manchester Central Library and will, of course, be in line with any government guidelines that might be in force at the time. It remains possible that our calendar of events might be rescheduled.

Booking

Booking on Eventbrite is essential for meetings with invited speakers. Please follow us here, on Eventbrite and on social media to confirm dates and, for most meetings, check when booking opens on Eventbrite.

Booking Costs

*Booking costs for non-members are generally fixed at £3. If a meeting includes additional costs (such as admission fees to another venue) these will be payable by all attendees and not refundable.

Covid-19 Restrictions

Subject to Covid-19 restrictions and advice) In normal times the Anglo Scots hold meetings every month except August and December; usually these meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of the month (but other local events and the availability of speakers sometimes make a change of date more reasonable) and we try to find the best speakers to help us discover more about our Scottish heritage.

These are our next planned meetings. We hope we can hold them on the dates stated but, where possible, we have reserved alternative dates should the need arise. Booking on Eventbrite is essential for these meetings (please see the calendar page) so follow us on this page, on our social media and on Eventbrite to check when booking opens. Meetings will be at Manchester Central Library and will of course be in line with any government guidelines that might be in force at the time. Until then – stay safe and keep well!


Meetings Archive

From our first online Zoom meetings

All of the Society meetings since November 2020, when meetings recommenced online. Where available, speakers notes are kept by each section. The list includes upcoming meetings and therefore provides a good overview of our meetings programme.

20 November 2021. Robin Urquhart: Kirk Sessions Palaeography. Image: Supplied. Online via Zoom. Monthly meeting.

16 Octoberber 2021. Social Meeting: Scots Marriage; Ancestral Breakthroughs. Monthly meeting.

18 September 2021. Chris Paton: Scots Marriage; Instantly Buckled for Life. Online via Zoom. Monthly meeting.

ARCHIVED MEETINGS

17 July 2021. Jonathan Schofield: Gems of Manchester Walking Tour. Image: Hilary Hartigan. Online via Zoom. Monthly meeting.

19 June 2021. Dr Irene O'Brien: The Mitchell Library and its Holdings. Image Andeggs-commonswiki placed in public domain by the creator. Online via Zoom. Monthly meeting.

15 May 2021. Sue Whitaker: The Great Tapestry of Scotland. Image Sue Whitaker. Online via Zoom. Monthly meeting.

15 April 2021. Social Meeting: Ancestral Breakthroughs. Image: Hilary Hartigan 2021. Online via Zoom. Monthly meeting.

20 March 2021. Dr Alan Crosy: The Scots Elite in Liverpool 1780-1850. Image: Hilary Hartigan 2021. Online via Zoom. Monthly meeting.

20 February 2021. AGM + Chris Paton: Tracing the Irish in Scotland. Image: Hilary Hartigan 2021. Online viz Zoom. Monthly meeting.