Our Anglo Scots Branch Meetings

Invited Speakers and Social Meetings

The Highland Clearances

3 December 2022 - Online via Zoom

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

The Highland Clearances
by Michael Winstanley.

What were they? How 'cruel' were they? What did they achieve? Could they have been avoided? These are the questions about the Highland Clearances that our speaker will attempt to answer for us.

The Highland Clearances were the evictions of a significant number of tenants in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, mostly in two phases from 1750 to 1860.

The first phase resulted from agricultural improvement, driven by the need for landlords to increase their income – many had substantial debts, with actual or potential bankruptcy being a large part of the story of the clearances.

The second phase involved overcrowded crofting communities from the first phase that had lost the means to support themselves, through famine and/or collapse of industries that they had relied on. This is when "assisted passages" were common, when landowners paid the fares for their tenants to emigrate.

Dr Mike Winstanley is a "retired" Senior Lecturer in History at Lancaster University who researches, publishes and gives talks based on his work on various aspects of North West history particularly, but not excluseively, in the 18th and 19th century.

Date: 3 December 2022
Day: Saturday, 2.00pm (UK time)
Venue: Online via Zoom
Speaker: Dr Michael Winstanley
Booking: Eventbrite Booking
Cost: members - free of charge
Cost: non-members - £3.00
Image: HH

No January Meeting

7 January 2023

No Meeting in January.

As many of you know, we have changed our meeting dates to the first Saturday of every month. This gave us more scope to hold a meeting in December, but it was felt that January 7th was a bit too soon after Christmas and New Year. The 2023 schedule is 'planned' at present and, after the last two years when most people's plans were altered, we will list any additional meetings or changed events in this section.

"Mother Dead, Father in Prison"

4 February 2023 - Online via Zoom

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

"Mother Dead, Father in Prison"
by Kate Keter.

Details of the talk will be added shortly

Date: 4 February 2023
Day: Saturday, 2.00pm (UK time)
Venue: Online via Zoom
Speaker: Kate Keter
Booking: Will be on Eventbrite
Cost: members - free of charge
Cost: non-members - £3.00
Image: HH

Our Annual Meeting and "Brickwalls"

4 March 2023 - Manchester Central Library

Manchester Central Library

Our Annual Meeting.

At which we look over the last year, settle on our committee for the next 12 months including welcoming new members (please let us know if you would like to join the Anglo Scots committee) and look forward to another year of our mix of talks and more social gatherings.

Our Social Meeting.

Following on immediately from our Annual Meeting, we will have a more social element. There may be a short presentation on a subject that fits well with the 'Anglo Scottish' theme, and there will be time for some discussions. At the moment we are thinking that 'Brickwalls' will be the theme, but if you have any heirlooms or documents that you would like to share, please let us know in advance.

Date: 4 March 2023
Day: Saturday, 2.00pm (UK time)
Venue: in-person at Manchester Central Library
Speaker: Social Event
Booking: Will be on Eventbrite
Cost: members - free of charge
Cost: non-members - £3.00
Image: HH

Prisons and their Records

1 April 2023 - Manchester Central Library

Online via Zoom

Prisons and their Records by Kate Keter   

More details will be provded here soon.

Date: 1 April 2023
Day: Saturday, 2.00pm (UK time)
Venue: Online via Zoom
Speaker: Kate Keter
Booking: Will be on Eventbrite
Cost: members - free of charge
Cost: non-members - £3.00
Image: HH

Coronation Day

6 May 2023 - No Meeting

No meeting this month   

Emjoy the day

We will be having out next meeting, in June, as usual.

Scottish Sources

3 June 2023 - Online via Zoom

Online via Zoom

Scottish Sources by Sue Gibbons

Sue Gibbons is a member of the Society of Genealogists (SOG) and will be discussing the Scottish Resources held by the SOG, another repository of information that may well be of use to us in our research. More details will be provded here soon.

Date: 3 June 2023
Day: Saturday, 2.00pm (UK time)
Venue: Online via Zoom
Speaker: Sue Gibbons
Booking: Will be on Eventbrite
Cost: members - free of charge
Cost: non-members - £3.00
Image: HH

OUR PLANNED MEETINGS FOR 2022

Our Anglo Scots branch meetings for 2022 will be a mix of in-person meetings at Manchester Central Library, an outside visit and meetings held online via Zoom. Please check the meeting details on this page and on Eventbrite when booking in case things changes again, as many of our speakers are now able to switch between physical and online meetings if necessary.

Although Covid restrictions have been lifted, we know that our visitors may still have concerns. Our in-person venue at Manchester Central Libaray (the performance space, ground floor) is spacious and airy, allowing more space for visitors to feel safe. Visitors may wear face coverings if they wish.

 

Where we meet

Our Meeting Rooms

Light and airy, purpose built for meetings and events, and ample room to spread out the seating to comply with any restrictions that might be in place when meetings resume. All meeting rooms at Manchester Central Library are easily accessible.

Our Venue

The recently refurbished Manchester Central Library is our usual venue for our monthly meetings. Situated in the cultural heart of Manchester, the Metrolink station is at the front of the building and is the central part of a public transport system supporting the city and its outlying districts.


Important things to know

Meetings

In normal times the Anglo Scots hold meetings every month except August and December, usually on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Other local events and the availability of speakers may cause a change of date.

Covid-19

Meetings will be at Manchester Central Library and will, of course, be in line with any government guidelines that might be in force at the time. It remains possible that our calendar of events might be rescheduled.

Booking

Booking on Eventbrite is essential for meetings with invited speakers. Please follow us here, on Eventbrite and on social media to confirm dates and, for most meetings, check when booking opens on Eventbrite.

Booking Costs

*Booking costs for non-members are generally fixed at £3. If a meeting includes additional costs (such as admission fees to another venue) these will be payable by all attendees and not refundable.

Covid-19 Restrictions

Subject to Covid-19 restrictions and advice) In normal times the Anglo Scots hold meetings every month except August and December; usually these meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of the month (but other local events and the availability of speakers sometimes make a change of date more reasonable) and we try to find the best speakers to help us discover more about our Scottish heritage.

These are our next planned meetings. We hope we can hold them on the dates stated but, where possible, we have reserved alternative dates should the need arise. Booking on Eventbrite is essential for these meetings (please see the calendar page) so follow us on this page, on our social media and on Eventbrite to check when booking opens. Meetings will be at Manchester Central Library and will of course be in line with any government guidelines that might be in force at the time. Until then – stay safe and keep well!


Meetings Archive

From our first online Zoom meetings

All of the Society meetings since November 2020, when meetings recommenced online. Where available, speakers notes are kept by each section. The list includes upcoming meetings and therefore provides a good overview of our meetings programme.

Archive of Past Meetings

Society Meetings and Branch Meetings

Finding Scots in Canada

4 Jun 2022 (Sat), Anglo Scots, Christine Woodcock, online, 2.00pm

Tracing your Scottish Ancestors at TNA

7 May 2022 (Sat), Anglo Scots, Audrey Collins of TNA, at Manchester, 2.00pm

Anglo Scots AGM and Heirlooms

2 Apr 2022 (Sat), Anglo Scots, social event, at Manchester, 2.00pm

Family and Local History in the City

26 Mar 2022 (Sat), Fair at Manchester Central Library

Scottish Banking Records and Your Family

5 Mar 2022 (Sat), Anglo Scots, Sian Yates, online, 2.00pm

Looking at Kirk Sessions Records in Depth

5 Feb 2022 (Sat), Anglo Scots, Emma Maxwell, online, 2.00pm

January Quiz and Social Event

15 Jan 2022 (Sat), Anglo Scots, social event, online

Salford Histories Festival

30 Oct 2021 (Sat), St Peter's, Swinton, public event

Ancestral Breakthroughs, share your successes!

16 Oct 2021, Anglo Scots, social event, online

Medieval Manchester Event

25-26 Sep 2021, Chetham's School, public event

Heritage Event

25-26 Sep 2021, Victoria Baths Heritage, public event

Scottish Marriage, Buckled for Life

18 Sep 2021, Anglo Scots, Chris Paton, online

Gems of Manchester Tour

17 Jul 2021, Anglo Scots, Jonathan Schofield, online

The Mitchell Library and its Poor Law Holdings

19 Jun 2021, Anglo Scots, Dr Irene O'Brien, online

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

15 May 2021, Anglo Scots, Sue Whitaker, online

Your Ancestral Brick Walls

15 Apr 2021, Anglo Scots, Social Event, Online

The Scots Elite in Liverpool 1780-1850

20 March 2021, Anglo Scots, Dr alan Crosby, Online

Tracing the Irish in Scotland

20 Feb 2021, Anglo Scots, Chris Paton, online

Anglo Scots Quiz and Social

16 Jan 2021, Anglo Scots, Social Event, online

Festive Quiz and New Website

17 Dec 2020, Anglo Scots, Hilary Hartigan, online

DNA: Why Cousins Don't Share DNA

21 Nov 2020, Anglo Scots, Hilary Hartigan, online