‘Scottish Insurrection of 1820’ – Thomas Muir Symposium 2022
(THIS EVENT HAS NOW PASSED)
Wednesday 26th October 2022
An afternoon of talks and music
In attendance will be Councillor Lynda Williamson (Education Convenor – East Dunbartonshire)
This year’s speakers include:
This talk reviews the reporting of the 1820 Scottish Radical War in the Belfast press and in some of the Dublin press, highlighting the contrast with the enthusiastic support for Thomas Muir’s ‘good cause’ expressed in some Ulster newspapers a generation earlier. The paper will also consider some evidence for militant radicalism within the growing workers combinations movement in Belfast a few years in advance of 1820, and discuss the response of the authorities.
This talk reviews the various memorials and dedications to the 1820 martyrs, looking at how they have fallen in and out of public memory. The talk will also consider the ways in which different Scottish ‘martyrs’ of different ages have been remembered.
What lies at the heart of 1820 as an event? Does it have a centre of activity and was it a rebellion? This talk interrogates something of the historical and cultural reality as well as subsequent freighting of the ‘Scottish Radical War’.
There will also be contributions from St Ninian High Pupils including musical performances.
Time: 12.45pm – 4.15pm
Tea and coffee provided
Bus – No 17 bus stops directly outside the school on the main road.
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