During this anniversary year there has been a great deal of interest in the Battle of Bannockburn, especially by way of attempts to reconstruct the different phases of the battle and establish the exact nature of the military activity that took place. However, the War of Independence was about much more than just military matters. Tom Dowds has researched constitutional aspects of the Scottish nation at the time, and especially the way that the Scottish clergy made out a strong case for Scottish independent nationhood, beginning with ‘The Pleading’ of 1301 to the Pope in Rome, involving three canon lawyers, and extending through to the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320.
The venue for the Society's meetings for this session will be the Park Centre, 45 Kerr Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1LF. They will continue to be held on Fridays and there will be an extra meeting on Friday 21st November to replace the one that had to be cancelled. Unfortunately there is unlikely to be any parking in Kerr Street due to this being a residential area, and as it is a cul-de-sac, turning may be difficult.
As many members already know from experience, the first meeting of the Society's programme for this winter had to be cancelled because Riverside Church was not opened for us despite the date being properly booked. Please accept the apologies of the Committee for this disappointment and wasted evening. A couple of alternative venues are being investigated for the November meeting and, when confirmed, further information will be posted here and members will be informed.