Annual General Meeting and 'What Lies Beneath: The Geology of Kirkintilloch...': Thursday 21st April 2022

This session's Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 21st April 2022 at 7.30 pm in The Park Centre, and is an opportunity for all members to have their say in the running of the Society. The various activities since the last AGM will be reviewed, the accounts will be presented for approval, and the office bearers and committee membership - for which nominations are sought - will be confirmed.

Following the business part of the meeting, Dr Murray Reid, the Society's Secretary, will present 'What Lies Beneath: The Geology of Kirkintilloch And How We Know What It Is'. This will be an overview of the geology of Kirkintilloch and District, including what can be seen and identified when walking locally.

The Campsies viewed from Kirkintilloch. (© J.M.Reid)

All evening meetings of the Society are at 7.30 pm in the Park Centre, 45 Kerr Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1LF.

Tommy Lawton: 'The Forth and Clyde Canal - Past, Present and Future': The Park Centre, 2.00 pm Wednesday 23rd March 2022

Each year, Kirkintilloch and District Society of Antiquaries hosts an event in the programme of East Dunbartonshire's Local History Week or Month. This year, Tommy Lawton of the Forth and Clyde Society will present 'The Forth and Clyde Canal - Past, Present and Future'. The meeting will be held in The Park Centre, Kerr Street, Kirkintilloch on Wednesday 23rd March at 2.00 pm.

BOOKING: To book seats at this event (essential due to the venue's Covid guidelines and possible capacity resrictions), please send an email to the Antiquaries email address - kdsantiquaries'at'gmail.com with 'at' replaced by @.- giving your name and telephone number and the number of seats required. Face masks should also be worn.

UPDATE: Jenny Burgon and Don Martin MBE: 'An Appreciation of Beatrice Clugston'; Thursday 3rd March 2022

The video of 'An Appreciation of Beatrice Clugston', held on Thursday 3rd March, is now available for viewing on the Society's YouTube channel. As the recording was made during the 'live' meeting on 3rd March 2022, the soundtrack is of low fidelity, but it is sufficiently clear for the narration to be followed and understood.

Beatrice Clugston (1827-88) by
Robert Cree Crawford (Public domain) 

The video can be viewed directly by clicking on the above image of Beatrice Clugston, or by going to the Society's YouTube channel which can be accessed by clicking here

Jenny Burgon and Don Martin MBE: 'An Appreciation of Beatrice Clugston'; Thursday 3rd March 2022

The last meeting in the 2021-22 session of the Society will be held jointly with the local branch of Soroptimists International on Thursday 3rd March at 7.30pm. Mrs Jenny Burgon and Mr Don Martin, representing Kirkintilloch Soroptimists and the Antiquaries respectively, will present 'An Appreciation of Beatrice Clugston'.

 Beatrice Clugston's vandalised grave in
the Auld Ailse Cemetery.(© I S Ruddock)
Beatrice Clugston by Robert Cree Crawford
(Public domain)













Beatrice Clugston (1827-88) was a Glasgow philanthropist and fundraiser who financed the establishment of a number of institutions in Scotland including Kirkintilloch's Broomhill Home for Incurables; Alexander Bain, the telegraph engineer, inventor and recent posthumous Emmy recipient, was one of its first residents in 1876. It is anticipated that Don will give an overview of her life and achievements, while Jenny will describe the campaign conducted by the Soroptimists to have her vandalised grave in the Auld Aisle Cemetery restored.

This will be the first 'live' event of the Society for two years and visitors are welcome. The talk will take place in the larger Craigie Hall of The Park Centre but, due to the current Covid guidelines of the venue and possible capacity restrictions, booking is required and masks should be worn.

BOOKING: To book seats at this meeting, please send an email to the Antiquaries email address - kdsantiquaries'at'gmail.com with 'at' replaced by @.- giving your name and telephone number and the number of seats required.

Update: Members' Night: 'An Inspiring Female Role Model': Thursday 17th February 2022

The video of Members' Night, 'An Inspiring Female Role Model', held on Thursday 17th January, is now available for viewing on the Society's YouTube channel. 


It contains five of the six presentations delivered and can be viewed directly by clicking on the above title slide, or by going to the Society's YouTube channel which can be accessed by clicking here.

Members' Night: 'An Inspiring Female Role Model': Thursday 17th February 2022

The Society's annual Members’ Night will be held on Thursday 17th February 2022 at 7.30 pm via Zoom. This year the theme will be 'An Inspiring Female Role Model' chosen as a tribute to Miss Susan Ross, who would have celebrated her centenary in March. There will be six short presentations, including an overview of Susan as a member of the Antiquaries, and, as in previous years, the topic will be interpreted differntly by each contributor. This annual event has always been a highlight of the Society's programme and is expected to be again this year.