Janice Miller: The Lion Foundry Archives: Thursday 9th January 2020

Kirkintilloch's Lion Foundry manufactured an enormous range of cast iron products for both the home and overseas markets. Janice Miller, East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture's Archivist, will tell the story of this internationally renowned iron foundry using its remarkable collection of drawings, photographs, and documents.

Image © EDLC

The Lion Foundry bandstand in Kirkintilloch's Peel Park
(© I S Ruddock)

Evening meetings of the Society are at 7.30 pm in the Park Centre, 45 Kerr Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1LF. The annual membership subscription is £10; visitors are welcome at all of the Society's evening events but a donation of £3 is requested.

William B Black: Maryhill Revisited: Thursday 5th December 2019

Step back in time! In this talk, local historian Bill Black and native of Maryhill will present an illustrated history of the old burgh of Maryhill, highlighting the people, events and locations that give it the unique flavour it has enjoyed for many years. 


Evening meetings of the Society are at 7.30 pm in the Park Centre, 45 Kerr Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1LF. The annual membership subscription is £10; visitors are welcome at all of the Society's evening events but a donation of £3 is requested.

Paul Bishop: The Wriggly Kelvin and Rivers as Borders: Thursday 7th November 2019

We are being told by some commentators during the Brexit debate that international borders are easy to manage. It is now clear that this is not true, and this is especially the case when the border is marked by a river. Locally, the River Kelvin marks the boundary between Kirkintilloch and Campsie Parishes and yet the boundary does not always follow the river channel. Why not? 

Prof. Paul Bishop is a geographer and retired academic from the University of Glasgow. In this talk he will explore the issues associated with rivers as borders, including taking a look at the Scotland-England border which, who knows, might one day be an international border!

The River Sark at Gretna as the border between Scotland and England.

Evening meetings of the Society are at 7.30 pm in the Park Centre, 45 Kerr Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1LF. The annual membership subscription is £10; visitors are welcome at all of the Society's evening events but a donation of £3 is requested.

Thomas Muir Symposium: "Past, Present and Future": 22nd October 2019

This year's Thomas Muir Symposium - "Commemorating Thomas Muir: Past, Present and Future" - will be held in St Ninians High School, Kirkintilloch on Wednesday 22nd October, 12.45 - 4.30pm. Further information including booking arrangements along with details of other events in 2019's Thomas Muir Festival may be found here.

The Society's September 2019 Newsletter

The September 2019 edition of the Society's newsletter has recently been created and edited by committee member Valerie McClure and gives information on the activities of the Antiquaries since the AGM. It can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the image below.


The newsletter has been circulated to those members of the Society who provided their email addresses following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation 2018. The list of active email addresses will be updated using the information supplied on the renewal slips for the 2019-20 session.

Society visit to the Trades Hall of Glasgow: 2.00 pm, Thursday 10th October 2019

This year's afternoon outing is to the Trades Hall of Glasgow, 85 Glassford Street, Glasgow G1 1UH on Thursday 10th October at 2.00 pm. The Robert Adams designed Trades Hall completed in 1794 is the home of the Trades House established in 1605 and its 14 Incorporated Crafts such as Hammermen, Maltmen, Tailors etc. With funds in excess of £18 million, the Trades House nowadays focuses on making charitable and educational donations to deserving causes and individuals across the West of Scotland linked to the original trades represented.

The Trades Hall in Glassford Street. (© I.S.Ruddock)
As with previous afternoon outings, transport will NOT be provided by KDSA and interested members will therefore have to make their own arrangements to reach the Trades Hall by 2.00 pm. Since it is near George Square, it is easy to reach from Queen Street Station or Buchanan Bus Station. Car parking is limited in the immediate environs of the Trades Hall and is not recommended. If you do decide to attend, please assemble at the door or reception area of the Trades Hall by 2.00 pm where we will be met by a member of staff for a guided tour of about one hour. 

It is hoped that a good number of members will take part in this first outing of the new 2019-20 season. Final numbers need to be known in advance of the visit by Tuesday 8th October; please contact the Society via email - kdsantiquaries"at"gmail.com – or by telephone at 0141-775-1716 (Ivan).