25 February 2014|
On Wednesday 12th March 2014, the Stornoway Historical Society will be hosting a Society of Antiquaries of Scotland public lecture entitled "Martin Martin: early modern hebridean traveller and author" given by Dr Donald William Stewart of Sabhal Mor Ostaig, UHI in Stornoway Town Hall beginning at 7 pm.
Today, the name of the late 17th century Hebridean traveller Martin Martin is well known as the author of an ambitious, compendious, fascinating, and sometimes controversial account of his native Western Isles, and the lives, traditions, customs, and beliefs of their inhabitants. Martin's Description set the agenda for future writers about the islands, but his own life remains somewhat obscure.
With funding from the British Academy, and with the assistance of colleagues and islanders themselves, Dr Domhnall Uilleam Stiubhart of Sabhal Mor Ostaig, UHI, and the Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh, has been tracing Martin's extraordinary life, collating his writings in manuscript and print, and setting him both in a regional context and within wider Scottish and European scholarship. Martin undertook his voyages and compiled his books at a time of widespread hardship in the Hebrides resulting from extreme weather events and severe economic crises. How might we read him today?
Further information is available at: www.socantscot.org
Entry is free but a collection for the Stornoway Historical Society will be taken at the door.
The last of the Society's regular series of winter lectures for 2013/14 will be held on Monday 24th March 2014 at 7 pm in the Council Chambers, Sandwick Road. The guest speakers will be Sandy Matheson and Malcolm Macdonald who will be continuing their popular series of talks on old shops of Stornoway with a look at "North Beach Shops & Hotels". This lecture will be immediately preceded by the AGM of the Stornoway Historical Society beginning at 6.30 pm.