Thursday, April 12, 2012

Off to Scotland - Scottish Covenanter Memorials Association AGM

Next week I'm off to Fenwick in Ayrshire to speak at the annual meeting of the Scottish Covenanter Memorials Association. I had the pleasure of meeting Dane Love, Secretary of the SCMA, back in 2008 during the 'Covenanters in Ulster' project; last Autumn Dane asked me if I'd be willing to go across and give an outline of the story from our side of the water.

Below is the text of a poem entitled Kirk and Covenant, written down in Belfast in 1795 as one of a collection of 'Popular Ballads preserved in Memory'. I'm really looking forward to this, and will be doing one of my usual 45 minute heavily illustrated informal talks. There are plenty of others who can do these things in a more scholarly manner than I, so I hope that the audience won't be too disappointed.