Meetings and Speakers

The Kilt Shop in the 1950s (click to enlarge)

The Society has a programme of speakers on local history from September to March. The syllabus for 2019-2020 can be found here.
Meetings take place in Dunbar Town House on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7pm (Speaker at 7.30pm).
The next speaker – on Tuesday 10 September 2019 – is Dr David Anderson and his title is The people of Dunbar, 1650.  Dr Anderson sent this advance information.
This talk has it’s origin in this paper:
 https://eastlothianantiquarians.org.uk/files/2018/02/1968-ELAFN-Soc-Transactions-Vol-XI.pdf and the 180 or so detailed supporting documents, all now at the John Gray Centre: https://www.johngraycentre.org/east-lothian-subjects/war-battles-military/dunbar-1650/dunbar-claimants-1650/. In short, it’s a set of claims for losses sustained by the inhabitants and burgh of Dunbar during the Cromwellian occupation. The published account is interesting, but it begs the questions – who were these people, what did they do, where did they live? It seemed that with the Dunbar records now readily available that some progress could be made in answering these questions. How far have we got? Come and find out!