Online lectures

Dunvegan Castle in the Isle of Skye, the home of the MacLeod chiefs, is believed to be
the oldest continuously inhabited house in the Highlands and Islands.
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Online Lecture Series

SHIHR offers regular talks by experts on Highland and Island historical research, normally one per month from October to May. The content of the talks will usually then feature in short articles in our publication West Highland Notes & Queries.

The talks are held online (via Zoom), which means that you can easily join us no matter where in the world you are.

Unless otherwise stated, each talk will begin at 7.30 pm (GMT) and last up to one hour, followed by questions. As the audience for each talk will be limited to 100, please book your place in plenty of time via e-mail. You will then be sent a code to allow you to join the talk via Zoom.

Participation fee

Participation in these lectures is free to members of the Society and to students. Non-members (other than students) are politely requested to contribute £5 to society funds. To do this online, simply go to the information page for your chosen lecture, then click on the PayPal button at the bottom. You can use PayPal to pay with a credit card even if you do not have a PayPal account. For alternative methods of payment, please contact our Treasurer. PLEASE NOTE: Even if you have made a donation you should still register for the lecture by e-mailing us, in order to receive the Zoom link.

Subscribe to our mailing list

If you would like to receive information via e-mail on upcoming lectures, please use our sign-up form, or simply email us and we will add you to our mailing list. Feel free to let us know what your special interests are, and what you would like to hear about in future lectures!

Upcoming lectures

Thurs. 17 Oct. 2024: Iain MacInnes, ‘The King in the North? David Strathbogie, earl of Atholl, and the Comyn Inheritance during the Second Scottish War of Independence (1332– 1336)’.

Thurs. 14 Nov. 2024: Mary Braithwaite, ‘Norse, Scots or both? The Medieval Boat Graffiti on Kilchattan Old Parish Church, Isle of Luing’.

Thurs. 12 Dec. 2024: Alasdair F. MacDonald, ‘Y-Chromosome Testing: To what extent can it provide insight into the origins and connections between kindreds recorded in the 1467 manuscript?’

Thurs. 16 Jan. 2025: Edward Stewart, ‘Past the Shieling, through the Town: Settlement, Subsistence and the Shieling Landscape in Early Modern Glencoe’.

Thurs. 13 Feb. 2025: Allan Maclean of Dochgarroch: ‘Telford’s Highland Churches and Manses’.

Thurs. 13 March 2025: Allan Kennedy, ‘Highland Banditry in 17th-Century Scotland’.

Upcoming lectures

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Past lectures