The festivities may be over but there is still plenty to look forward to in the Cramond Association programme. We look forward to seeing you at the forthcoming meetings. This is your Association so please contact us via our website or Facebook page if you have any suggestions for activities or events in the Cramond, Barnton or Cammo areas.
MONDAY 29 JANUARY “Alzheimer’s care and treatment – the way forward” Speaker: Dr Robert Clafferty, Consultant Psychiatrist Royal Edinburgh Hospital.
To quote the Alzheimer’s Society “Dementia is one of the greatest problems facing society in the 21st century. Current estimates are that 800,000 people are living with dementia in the UK today and a similar number of people are the primary carer for someone with dementia. We also know the current cost of dementia to the UK economy is over £23 billion a year.”
MONDAY 26 FEBRUARY “Phoebe Anna Traquair” Speaker: Morag Austin, The Mansfield Traquair Trust
Phoebe Anna Traquair was the first important professional woman artist of modern Scotland and a major figure within the Scottish Arts and Crafts movement. She worked in many mediums including embroidery, enamelwork, leather book-cover tooling, manuscript illumination and, of course, mural decoration.
Detail from South Chapel Murals, Mansfield Traquair Centre
All forthcoming meetings, which are held in the Millennium Room, Cramond Kirk Halls, are listed on our website and you can follow us on Facebook.
WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY: Visit of George IV to Edinburgh Speaker: Eric Melvin
The Procession of King George IV entering Princes Street, Edinburgh, August 1822 (Painting by J.M.W. Turner, RA (from artuk website)
George IV's exceptional trip to Scotland was the first by a reigning monarch since the days of Charles II. A royal visit was a splendid novelty of the first order. Heralds, uniforms, banquets, a 'Gathering of the Clans' for the King's benefit, with acres and acres of tartan - this was an outbreak of what modern historians have labelled 'Highlandism'. At the very point at which actual Gaelic culture was being destroyed by market pressures, clearances and emigration, dressing up in tartan and wearing the kilt had become all the rage with the middle and upper classes. The phenomenon had its roots in the late 18th century with the suppression of Jacobitism, the recruitment of Highland regiments and a change in taste which classified Highland landscapes as sublime and picturesque. Adopting Highland dress gave Lowland Scots a way of distinguishing themselves from their neighbours in England at a time when the country had never been more anglicised. Ironically it also led to the increasingly urbanised Lowlands adopting the dress and trappings of a rural people whom they had formerly despised. Walter Scott's novels and the royal visit played an important part in cultivating this image. The King was thrilled by all the colourful pageantry and Scotland was, at last, fashionable!
WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY: AGM followed by “The Davidsons of Davidson’s Mains” by Bill Weir.
*** NOTE: This is a change to our programme. Dr Fraser Hunter, National Museum of Scotland, will now give his talk “Guarding the Roman Dead, The Cramond Lioness” on Wednesday 11 April.***
The Cramond Association History Section was founded in the 1970s, for promoting interest in both Cramond’s history and wider historical topics. Membership of the Section, which also meets at Cramond Kirk Halls, costs £6 or £1 per talk for visitors. For more information please contact Norah Carlin, Convenor of the History Section, on 0131 467 0832.
FAIR-A-FAR WEIR REPAIRS
There is a saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” but if you would like to read the latest update on the construction works associated with the Fair-A-Far Weir Repairs project please click here.
CAMMO ESTATE RESTORATION PROJECT
Public consultations, including surveys by the Friends of Cammo, showed that people would like to have improved access to more historical features associated with Cammo Estate such as the Water Tower and Mauseley Hill, better parking provision, better access for less able visitors and improved interpretation. Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society (EAFS) members have increased the knowledge of the history and archaeology of the estate through fieldwork in 2017 and further investigations are planned for 2018.
The draft designs for the Cammo Estate improvements will be available for comment at Cammo Lodge on the following dates:
19 January from 11:00 to 15:00
20 January from 10:00 to 14:00
21 January from 14:00 to 16:00