LENNOX HERITAGE SOCIETY
The Lennox Heritage Society was named after the historical area in which it is centred. This includes the present day local authority area of West Dunbartonshire and the town of Dumbarton in which it has its meetings. It is a local community group that has been meeting for many years. The main aim of the group is to study and celebrate the rich culture, heritage and history of West Dunbartonshire and beyond.
We meet on a monthly basis from September to April and host talks and presentations by invited speakers. Meetings take place in the Concord Centre in central Dumbarton (next to the Denny Civic Theatre) and start at 7.30 pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available from about 7.00 pm at the cost of 40p per person. A chance to chat to like minded folk.
Outings are held in May.
Our programme is available online on our website and social media pages as per the links provided and also summarised below.
New members are always welcome but if you prefer not to become a member, perhaps because you are interested in a subject, individual sessions may be attended at the cost of £2 per talk.
The 2023 - 2024 PROGRAMME is as below.
Wednesday 13th September
MYSTERIES OF DUMBARTON. THE VALE OF LEVEN AND ITS ENVIRONS
Jeremy takes a look at some of the strange things around us, beliefs and legends, many unresolved. Mysterious markings and events; witches and faeries. And some unexplained local legends. Also see the poster : index.asp?pageid=733333
Wednesday 11th October
ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET?
We enjoyed Bruce’s Bridgescapes so now he returns with a related subject. It’s not just about distance markers, for he also explores the early measurement systems in Scotland, early maps and great journeys throughout the country over the centuries. He even celebrates the achievements of the top 50 Scots as the “fastest” and “farthest” in terms of speed and endurance – those who’ve gone the extra mile.
Wednesday 8th November
THIS IS WHO WE ARE : A SCOTTISH HISTORY
Activist and writer Kathy takes us on a very personal look at Scottish history, how it has shaped the lives of her family and how it has influenced her own approach to life. But it is also the history of every single one of us in Scotland. Family history is always in the context of place and time and greater events. And much of it will be familiar to you : amongst others,: Dumbarton and the Vale, Cardross and Kilcreggan bring it closer to home
Wednesday 13th December
WILDLIFE OF WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE
Songwriter, screenwriter, storyteller and writer, Paul melds some of these together to talk about his observations of local nature. His books weave together nature with history while walking our local area.
Wednesday 10th January
THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CHURCHES IN DUMBARTON
As a very familiar figure in Dumbarton for many years and better known as Rev Ian Johnson, who better to explain the establishment of churches in the town. Originally qualifying as a historian, Ian found his calling within the Church of Scotland. While but one of several here, Riverside Parish Church is certainly the most conspicuous and is integral with the town’s history.
Wednesday 14th February
TO CATCH A QUEEN
Elspeth has previously told us about how Mary was sent from here to France from here. This time she will talk about a specific period, the first five years of Mary's life when the opposing attempts to secure her as queen consort of both France and England were stark..
Wednesday 13th March
THE BATTLE OF MUGDOCK IN 750
If you visit Mugdock today you can see the remains of a WWII gun emplacement and even the ruins of a 13th century castle. But did you know that a battle occurred here in 750 between the Britons and the Picts. And the Britons slew Talorcan, king of the Picts.’ The Clyde Britons ruled over a vast area from their stronghold of Alt Clut. The Picts became the dominant power in North Britain and it was inevitable that the two powers would clash where their territories met.
Wednesday 10th April
THE WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE COUNCIL ART COLLECTION
Art expresses an individual, but also defines a society, its history, social events, perceptions and ideals. WDC has works that record its local development in time and society and also procures works from further afield from which we can learn and enjoy. The fascinating collection of fine art by local and nationally important artists spans 300 years. This talk that brings the collection to life through little known stories of the paintings and the artists who created them.
The AGM will preceed this talk.
A downloadable PDF version of the 2023 / 2024 programme flyer can be downloaded here.
You can find many more on our FaceBook photos pages : https://www.facebook.com/lennoxheritagesociety/photos/?ref=page_internal