It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us at the 2017 Dunnett Weekend and Annual General Meeting which will be held at the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) in Princes Street Edinburgh.
The organising team have arranged a weekend of lectures and activities with something, we hope, for everyone. The programme of events starts on the afternoon of Friday 21st April with a visit to Edinburgh’s famous zoo. We have arranged for delegates to visit the pandas, and have an ‘animal handling’ session with some small, friendly creatures. Entrance to the zoo is included in our visit and after the arranged events you can wander around at your leisure. Note that this visit will involve walking and that the zoo is built on sloping ground; some parts are steep. That evening we will gather for a welcome dinner at The Royal Over-Seas League in Princes Street, our home from home in Edinburgh, when friends old and new can catch up with each other over a delicious set meal.
On Saturday 22nd April we will enjoy a full programme of lectures and activities at the ROSL, as well as the Dorothy Dunnett Society’s Annual General Meeting. We welcome a return visit from Philippa Langley, heroine of the quest to find the body of King Richard III. Philippa is attempting to solve another historical mystery, the fate of the ‘princes in the Tower’, the sons of King Edward IV. Her talk is called The Missing Princes Project: The Final Frontier and a Smoking Gun.
Our very own Charles Burnett, former Ross Herald of Arms Extraordinary, friend of Dorothy Dunnett and an honorary member of the Dorothy Dunnett Society, will be speaking to us about Mary of Guelders, the young wife of James II of Scotland and mother of James III. His talk is entitled A Forgotten Scottish Queen and the Vanished Church to her Beloved Husband. After lunch there will be a quiz and a mystery musical interlude, and the daytime events will conclude with the Annual General Meeting of the Dorothy Dunnett Society (for members only).
On Saturday evening we will hold our gala dinner at The Caledonian Hotel in Princes Street. There will be fine fare, good conversation, plenty of laughter and all the usual toasts, speeches and readings.
On Sunday 23rd April we will travel by coach to visit Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. We will tour the palace accompanied by Blue Badge Guides who will give us a flavour of life in this magnificent building. Afterwards, author and storyteller Ewan McVicar will talk to us about Anselm Adornes. We will then tour St Michael’s Church, where Adornes’ burial is commemorated with a plaque.
After a relaxing lunch, our next stop will be Blackness Castle, a garrison fortress long after most Scottish castles ceased having any useful military function. Note that the visit to Blackness and Linlithgow will involve walking short distances, and as both castles are in ruins, surfaces are uneven and may be hazardous.
We aim to be back in Edinburgh by 6 pm. Those who wish to can dine that evening in one of Edinburgh’s many restaurants and bars.
We hope to see many of you at the weekend. Please note that places are limited and prompt return of the booking form is advisable. Forms must be received by Tuesday 28th February at the latest.
The Dunnett Weekend Team: Carole Ross, Jayne Smith, Kathy Lewis, Olive Millward and Sheila MacAllister