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.

For the time being, due to the exceptional circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, all History Section members and regular visitors whose email addresses we have can access our meetings on Zoom, or watch them on the recording that will be available shortly after each meeting, through the members' area of this website.  

In the meantime, our meetings are taking place on Zoom, on the second Wednesday of the month at the usual time of 7.30. 

All our talks so far this session are available on recordings here. 'In October Professor Anthony Seaton gave us a history of The Air We Breathe, and Professor Adam Cumming spoke on Scotland's Historic Churches in November. In December we joined the main Cramond Association for their Christmas lecture,The Curious History of Carols, which replaced the usual Carols by Candlelight event. Our January talk was on Farms and Farming in Corstorphine in 1589 by Norah Carlin, and in February Clare Padgett from the City Libraries gave us an inspiring introduction to the City Libraries' wealth of digital resources for discovering Edinburgh's history, The Capital Collections. Although unfortunately we had to cancel the talk on the history of punishments planned for 17 March 2021, due to illness, we were able to enjoy on 14 April Dr David Caldwell's entertaining and enlightening account of his search for The South Pacific Camp Site of Alexander Selkirk, 'Robinson Crusoe'. This is now available as a recording, along with the rest of our meetings this season, on the opening page of this members' area.

We do have a few members who are unable to access the Internet, and we very much look forward to welcoming them to live meetings, and to our usual chat with tea and biscuits, as soon as possible in 2021. In the meantime, it's great to see that almost as many members have joined the Section as in previous years, and our 'question and answer' sessions continue to be as lively as ever.

Norah Carlin, Convenor.



Our meetings will be on Zoom until there is a change in the current situation.

The programme confirmed so far is as follows:

Date Event Speaker

Other events will be added as they are confirmed.


Meetings held in 2020


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
Nan Rennie