Monday, May 20, 2013

Someone to Watch Over Me: Kirk and Community - Sunday 26 May


Our next meeting is on Sunday 26th May at 2.30pm in the Corn Exchange, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN, when we have Margaret Fox, whose talk is titled 'Someone to Watch Over Me: Kirk and Community’.
See this map for directions.

I think her talk will give a fascinating insight into the influence of the Kirk in Scottish society over the centuries. It will examine the Kirk’s wide-ranging influence over people's everyday lives including how the poor were helped and how people perceived as sinners, were punished.  She will also reveal how the Kirk looked out to the wider world at the same time as focusing on local issues.

For genealogists, the talk will demonstrate how Kirk records are easily one of the best resources for fleshing out the lives of our Scottish ancestors.

You might remember that Margaret Fox and Catherine Maxwell Stuart delivered a very interesting talk with nice slides to us, last October at Innerleithen, about their book 'A Family Life Revealed: The Stuarts at Traquair 1491 – 1875'.

The talk is preceded by our AGM at which I’ll be reviewing our year.

I warmly invite you to attend the talk and the AGM whether you are a member or not, though you cannot vote if you’re not a member.

The doors will be open at 2pm; the talk begins after the AGM, which usually takes about 25 minutes. Admission is free, so we hope to see lots of you there.

We'll have a range of family history and other publications to buy.

As usual there’ll be tea, coffee, and biscuits available after the talk. We’ll also be making the monthly 50-50 draw at the meeting. If you have a problem with your family history or you need advice about any aspect of your family history, please discuss it (no charge) with one of our volunteers.

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