Representing and promoting the community of Cramond, Barnton and Cammo in Edinburgh and safeguarding its heritage
Cramond Association History Section

History Section

All members of the Cramond Association are welcome to join the History Section, for the subscription of £6 per annum.

Visitors are welcome to attend any meeting for £2. We are a friendly group of 30-40 members, meeting on Wednesday evenings once a month in the Millennium Hall behind Cramond Kirk, with chat and refreshments afterwards.

We invite speakers on a variety of historical topics, not confined to Cramond, Edinburgh or Scotland, who we hope will be both interesting and entertaining, with plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Norah Carlin, Convenor.

On Friday 12 April, a party of History Section members visited Panmure House off the Canongate, whose most famous resident was Adam Smith. This once dilapidated 17th century mansion has been elegantly restored, and the presentation of its history and Smith's influential ideas (with his re-assembled library in progress) was found very interesting and enjoyable.

Panmure House



The programme confirmed so far is as follows:

Date Event Speaker

Other events will be added as they are confirmed.


Date Event Speaker

Wed 19 Oct 2022

Trinity Apse, Edinbugh’s hidden gem

Lizzie Swarbrick

Wed 16 Nov 2022

Squadron 902 and If War Should Come: British propaganda films of World War II

Ian Garden

Wed 18 Jan 2023

Burns and Scottish traditional music

Almut Boehme

Wed 15 Feb 2023

Trinity Apse: Edinburgh's Hidden Medieval Gem

Dr Lizzie Swarbrick

Wed 15 Mar 2023

Challenges in Managing Scotland’s Historic Environment

Ann MacSween (Historical Environment Scotland)

Wed 19 Apr 2023

Edinburgh’s Royal Observatory

Rebekah Higgit (National Museum of Scotland)
Date Event Speaker

Wed 13 Oct 2021

The history and archaeology of St Kilda

Christine McPherson

Wed 10 Nov 2021

The Innerpeffray Library: Scotland's First Public Library

Lara Haggerty

Wed 12 Jan 2022

Witches of Scotland: the campaign for justice for for the victims of historic witch hunting in Scotland

Claire Mitchell QC and Zoe Venditozzi

Wed 09 Feb 2022

Edinburgh in the Time of Mary, Queen of Scots

Eric Melvin

Wed 09 Mar 2022

Henry VIII and his Six Wives

Roy Johnstone

Wed 13 Apr 2022

Famous and Infamous Edinburgh Medics

Sheila Szatkwoski


Wednesday 8th January 2020 - "From Tree-rings to timber trade, dendrochronology in Scottish historic buildings and landscapes."
Speaker: Coralie Mills

Wednesday 19th February 2020 - AGM followed by - "Ramsay Lodge or the Guse-pye house. A dwelling 'hidden in plain sight'."
Speaker:    Patricia Andrew

Our last two meetings of the 2019-20 season had to be cancelled because of the lockdown, but the two speakers involved (Ian Garden on wartime propaganda films and Sheila Szatkowski on Famous and Infamous Edinburgh Medics of the 18th century' have kindly agreed to give their talks to us in the Millennium Hall when normal facilties are restored. We do not yet know whether these can take place in March and April 2021 or open our next season of 2021-2.


Wednesday 9th October 2019 - "William Speirs Bruce and the Scottish Antarctic Expedition 1902-1904."
Speaker: Simon Bendle

Wednesday 13th November 2019 - "Georgian Furniture in Edinburgh."
Speaker: John Dixon

Thursday 12th December 2019 - "Carols by Candlelight"
(with the Cramond Association)


Wednesday 10 October 2018 - Kenneth Williamson, Granton's Industrial Past.
Wednesday 14 November 2018 - Brian Watters: The Carron Ironworks
Thursday 13 December 2018 - Carols by Candlelight as above
Wednesday 16 January 2019 - Gilbert Markus, Who did they think they were? Ethnic identities in early Scotland
Wednesday 13 February 2019 - John Dods, Wartime Defences of the Firth of Forth
Wednesday 13 March 2019 - Richard Callander, The Royal Company of Archers
Wednesday 10 April 2019 - Geoff Bailey, Roman Forts on the Antonine Wall

Wednesday 11 October 2017
“A Leith Childhood”

Millie Gray

Wednesday 8 November 2017
“Scotland's First Oil Industry - from Shale”

Harry Knox

Thursday 14 December 2017
We gather with the Cramond Association for Carols by Candlelight. (Entrance by ticket only)


Office Bearers and Committee
Hon. Convenor
Norah Carlin
0131 467 0832
Hon. Treasurer
Lois Brydon
0131336 4797
Committee Members:
Yves Foulis Bill Weir
Carole Liddle Patricia Stott