‘Scottish Insurrection of 1820’ – Thomas Muir Symposium 2022


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:

Dr Carol Baraniuk (University of Glasgow)
‘The Radical Legacy: 1820 in the Irish Press and Ulster Radicalism a generation after Thomas Muir’

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.

Dr Craig Lamont (University of Glasgow)
‘1820 & Commemoration: Martyrs and Memory’

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.

Professor Gerard Carruthers (University of Glasgow)
‘1820: the Event’

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.

Bearsden Academy
Stockiemuir Rd,
G61 3AX

Wednesday 26th October 2022

Time: 12.45pm – 4.15pm

Tea and coffee provided

Travel Details:
Car – Approx. 50 spaces available within the school car park for the event (Please let Don know if you plan to use car park).
Train – Bearsden station, the school is 2km for the train station (approx. 25-minute walk).

Bus – No 17 bus stops directly outside the school on the main road.

Please RSVP to FOTM Secretary Don Martin.

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Friends and guests are very welcome to attend, please let Don have names of those attending.
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Wednesday 26 Oct 2022
Bearsden Academy, Glasgow. United Kingdom