Friends’ Seminars and Events – List

RECORD OF SEMINARS AND EVENTS TO DATE INCLUDING A.G.M.S

We have had several winter term seminars in King’s College University Chaplaincy followed by spring and summer activities at Aden Country Park Theatre, more recently seminars have been held in Old Deer (Kemp Hall) and Stuartfield Hall.

56. 2017 June 17th.  Our A.G.M was held in the Kemp Hall, Old Deer at 2.00p.m.  This was the first A.G.M. for the Book of Deer Project as a S.C.I.O. and trustees were duly appointed.  After the business Helen Chevez of the Aberdeenshire Council Museum Service gave a very interesting talk on Seeking the Past – archive research within the museum. 

55. 2017 May 1st.  BBC ALBA – Gàidhlig Obar Dheathain (Aberdeen, Gaelic & the Gaels).  Some weeks ago Midas Media contacted us asking if we would participate in a Gaelic programme for BBC Alba and part of it would be on the subject Gaelic and the Book of Deer.  Our former Chairperson Mr Alan Cameron, who is a Gaelic speaker, agreed to take part and asked one of our members and former committee member Derek Jennings to help.  The programme was aired on Thursday 11th May and repeated a week Monday the 15th May.

54. 2017 March 29th.  George Smart and Sandy Ritchie organised a super bus trip to Burghead, Forres and Elgin.  We started at the Visitors Centre at Burghead where we learned about the pictish fort which used to be there.  We also saw an example of the Burghead Bulls and visited the old well which has been there since  pictish times.  From there we went to Forres to see the Sueno’s Pictish Stone and then on to Elgin where we could visit the Biblical Garden, the Cathedral, the Museum or Johnston’s of Elgin. Most managed to visit several of the sites but the favourite was Elgin Museum as the Vikings from Shetland were visiting that day.  We landed up at Strathlene Golf Course, Buckie for high tea which was most enjoyable.

53. 2017 March 27th.  One of our members Mary Melville gave a very interesting talk on the Abbey of Deer – a Hidden Gem outlining the history of the Abbey, the abbots who lived and worked there and an outline of the life of the Abbey.  The seminar was held in the University Chaplaincy Centre, University of Aberdeen, High Street, Aberdeen.

52. 2016 NOVMBER 26TH.  Our archaeologist Alison Cameron of Cameron Archaeology Ltd gave a very interesting talk on the digs at Aden Park in 2016 at the Old Meeting Place and Old Deer Church.  The first dig was in the grounds of Aden Park and it is thought the ruin might be the old lost Tower House of the Keiths.  The second dig was in the Old Deer Church grounds and other places in Old Deer.  It was a fabulous talk but unfortunately still no sign of the monastery.  The talk was at The Kemp Hall, Old Deer at 2.00 p.m.

51.  2016 APRIL 23rd. We had a most enjoyable Bus Trip to Arbroath area and St Vigeans.  We started at Brechin Castle Centre for morning coffee, then went on to St Vigeans Church and St Vigeans Museum.  We had a very warm welcome from members of St Vigeans Church who kindly laid on tea, coffee and biscuits for our lunch time snack and we had very interesting tours of the church itself.  Historic Scotland opened up the museum of standing stones for us and was very informative on the various exhibits.  Despite a cold wind we worked up an appetite by walking round the lake at Crombie Country Park before enjoying a lovely fish tea at Inverbervie Chipper.  A most enjoyable day thanks to George Smart and Sandy Ritchie.

50.  2015 NOVEMBER 21st.  “OLD DEER MEDIEVAL CHURCH – AN ANALYSIS OF THE ARCHITECTURAL EVIDENCE” BY ARCHITECTRUAL HISTORIAN PROFESSOR RICHARD FAWCETT.  Our Project commissioned Richard to write the above report and he was invited back to give a Talk, Walk and Talk seminar on the results.  In Kemp Hall and around the Medieval Church at Old Deer.

49.  2015 JUNE 27th.  THE AGMs OF THE BOOK OF DEER PROJECT AND FRIENDS OF THE BOOK OF DEER  were held in the Kemp Hall, Old Deer.  Following the business our Chairman MR ALAN CAMERON gave a very interesting talk on “FURTHER THOUGHTS ABOUT DEER” and shared his deliberations on the peoples, their language and travels of the time of the Book of Deer.

48.  2015 APRIL 25th.  “THE CULT OF THE BULL  AND PICTISH SYMBOL STONES” – a talk by Linda McGuigan.  Pictish Symbol stones have been the focus of many scholarly studies since the nineteenth century, yet our understanding of the Pictish Symbols is still limited.  New research was carried out at the University of Liverpool by PhD student Lynda McGuigan.  Part of Lynda’s research focused on the way in which early Iron Age cult was appropriated in order to legitimise political power in the north east of Scotland during the early mediaeval period.  Lynda’s work offered new insights into the use of the symbols particularly those found in Aberdeenshire.  Lynda had already given this paper at the University of Liverpool and also at the University of Aberdeen and now we have had the benefit of it locally at the Kemp Hall, Old Deer.  A fascinating talk with a lively discussion afterwards.  Kemp Hall, Old Deer

47.  2014 NOVEMBER 13th.  ALISON CAMERON OF CAMERON ARCHAEOLOGY GAVE A VERY INTERESTING TALK ON “SCOTLAND IN THE TIME OF THE BOOK OF DEER”.   Alison was the archaeologist who assisted the project on this year’s dig.  Aberdeen University Chaplaincy

46.  2014 November 7th .  GRAND SCOTTISH CONCERT WITH GEORDIE SMITH AND FRIENDS.  Organised by Sandy Ritchie and held in Mintlaw Public Hall.  This is a very special night because Geordie Smith has kindly gathered together all the artistes that took part in the Concert Party’s Final show in this Hall three years ago.  Our Committee want to thank Geordie for all the music, laughter and sangs that he has brought to many communities over many years.

45.  2014 OCTOBER 30th.  RICHARD INGHAM (PROFESSOR OF MUSIC AT ST ANDREWS UNIVERSITY) AND HIS FELLOW MUSICIANS CALLED STRANGENESS AND CHARM PERFORMED THE JAZZ SUITE OF MUSIC HE COMPOSED, COMMISSIONED BY THE BOOK OF DEER PROJECT.  THE BLUE LAMP, GALLOWGATE, ABERDEEN.

44a.  2014 AUGUST 18th and 19th.      MUSIC SUITE FOR THE BOOK OF DEER WAS PERFORMED AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL BY RICHARD INGHAM AND HIS ENSEMBLE STRANGENESS AND CHARM  in the Scottish Storytelling Centre as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase.

44.  2014 JUNE 21st.  AGMs.  After a short business meeting DR DOUGLAS NICOL GAVE A FASCINATING TALK ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF  “MEDIEVAL COINAGE IN SCOTLAND SINCE 1136”.  Kemp Hall.

43.  2014 May 17th.  WE HAD AN EXCELLENT BUS RUN ON THE DEESIDE PICTISH TRAIL ORGANISED BY GEORGE SMART TO LOCH KINNORD, BURN O’ VAT AND MIGVIE CHURCH .  A grand day was had by all.

42.  2014 APRIL 26th.  THE PREMIERE OF THE JAZZ SUITE OF MUSIC FOR THE BOOK OF DEER,  COMPOSED BY PROFESSOR RICHARD INGHAM.  Performed in the Great Hall, Crimonmogate by Richard and his ensemble Strangeness and Charm.  Richard is a Music Professor at St Andrews

41.  2014 MARCH 27th.  DR GORDON NOBLE OF ABERDEEN  UNIVERSITY GAVE A VERY INORMATIVE TALK ON  “UNCOVERING THE NORTHERN PICTS”  FOLLOWING EXCAVATIONS AT THE RHYNIE SITE, ABERDEENSHIRE.   Aberdeen University Chaplaincy.

40.  2013 NOVEMBER 1st. GRAND SCOTTISH CONCERT WITH THE GARIOCH FIDDLERS AND GUEST STAR GEORDIE SMITH. Organised by Sandy Ritchie and held in Mintlaw Public Hall. A great nicht of Scottish music, stories, poetry and sang.

39.  2013 JUNE 29th.  AGMs – “THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNTRY HOUSE IN BANFF, BUCHAN AND FORMARTINE FROM THE MID 17TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT DAY.  A talk given by Dr. David Walker of Aberdeen University

38.  2013 FEBRUARY 7th.  SIOBHAN CONVERY, HEAD OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AT THE SIR DUNCAN RICE LIBRARY AT ABERDEEN  UNIVERSITY gave a illuminating insight into the rich and diverse printed rare books and manuscripts held in the Special Collections.

37.  2012 NOVEMBER 2nd.  FAREWELL CONCERT OF THE GEORDIE SMITH CONCERT PARTY.  Held in Mintlaw Public Hall and organised by Sandy Ritchie

36.  2012 JUNE 23rd.  AGMs “HOW A LAWYER LOOKS AT THE BOOK OF DEER” A TALK BY REVD. SHEILA KIRK B.A., LL.B., B.D.  Held in Stuartfield Hall.

35a.  2012 MAY / JUNE THE BOOK OF DEER FEATURED IN THE SERIES THE GREAT BRITISH STORY ON BBC2 – Presented by Michael Wood and the series started on Friday 25th May.

35.  2012 APRIL 28th  RESULTS OF THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG “THE SEARCH FOR THE MONASTERY – EXCAVATIONS IN OLD DEER SEPTEMBER 2011” BY HILARY AND CHARLIE MURRAY OF MURRAY ARCHAEOLOGICAL SERVICES LTD.  An open meeting to discuss the dig, show the findings and collect anecdotes and artefacts from local people and from the local area of Old Deer.  Kemp Hall Old Deer.

34.  2012 FEBRUARY 16TH  “THE SEARCH FOR THE MONASTERY – EXCAVATIONS IN OLD DEER SEPTEMBER 2011” BY  HILARY AND CHARLIE MURRAY OF MURRAY ARCHAEOLOGICAL SERVICES LTD.  Aberdeen University Chaplaincy

33.  2011 NOVEMBER  “SCOTTISH CONCERT WITH JACK WEBSTER AND ROBERT LOVIE AND MANY MORE TALENTS” ORGANISED BY SANDY RITCHIE Mintlaw Hall

32.  2011 SEPTEMBER 24TH  “STUARTFIELD AND CRICHIE – AN HISTORICAL RELATIONSHIP” BY LAURA DORANTT Kemp Hall

31.  2011 JUNE 24TH A.G.M.  “TRANSLATING THE NEW TESTAMENT INTO DORIC” BY GORDON HAY  Kemp Hall

30.  2011 FEBRUARY 24th.  MEDIEVAL CHURCH MUSIC” BY FATHER BENEDICT HARDY, A MONK FROM PLUSCARDEN ABBEY.  Aberdeen University Chaplaincy

29.  2010  SEPTEMBER 25th.  “THE POEMS AND LIFE OF JOHN SKINNER OF LONGSIDE” BY DR DAVID BERTIE  Kemp Hall

28.  2010 JUNE 26TH A.G.M.  “THE BOOK OF DEER” A THOUGHT PROVOKING TALK BY OUR CHAIRMAN ALAN CAMERON  Kemp Hall

27.  2010 FEBRUARY 5TH.  “18TH CENTURY PERCEPTIONS OF THE VIKINGS IN NORTH EAST SCOTLAND” BY DR CLARE DOWNHAM  Aberdeen University Chaplaincy

26A 2009 OCTOBER 30th.  CONCERT OF  SCOTTISH MUSIC ORGANISED BY SANDY RITCHIE.  Mintlaw Public Hall

26.  2009 2223 JULY  CONFERENCE AT ABERDEEN UNIVERSITY AT KINGS “CULTURAL ICONS OF MEDIEVAL SCOTLAND”  Kings College Aberdeen

25.  2009 JUNE 6TH A.G.M.  “BYGONE DAYS AND BYGONE WAYS” BY BILL JOHNSTON Kemp Hall

24.  2009  MARCH “PITFOUR-THE BLENHEIM OF THE NORTH” BY ALEC R. BUCHAN  Kemp Hall

23.  COLOURING CONTEST FOR SCHOOLS+ MAGIC TOUR OF BUCHAN WITH DEREK JENNINGS

22.  2008 AUGUST 16TH  “DOWSING STONE CIRCLES” BY THE REVEREND ANGUS HADDOW (RETIRED FROM METHLICK PARISH)

21.  2008 SATURDAY MAY 31ST A.G.M   “THE HARRYING OF BUCHAN” BY FRED CRAWFORD OF ELLON.  2008 IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF BATTLE (1308) WHEN ROBERT THE BRUCE DEFEATED HIS ENEMIES:THE EARL OF BUCHAN (COMYN) AND HIS SUPPORTERS!   Aden Country Park Theatre

20.  2008  MARCH 6TH  “NEW DISCOVERIES AT ST VIGEANS AND THE PICTISH STONES COLLECTION” BY DR JANE GEDDES  Aberdeen University Chaplaincy

19.  2008  FEBRUARY 14TH    “RATTRAY AND STRATHBEG: A HISTORY”  BY DEREK JENNINGS Aberdeen University Chaplaincy

18.   2007 SEPTEMBER.  “BIRDS FLIGHT AND MAN”  BY BILL JOHNSTON – AN AUTHORITY ON BIRDS WHO ALSO SPOKE ON QUILLS FOR THE MONKS,  HOW THEY WERE CHOSEN, TREATMENT ETC.  Prizes for Colouring Contest

17.  2007 JUNE 6th A.G.M.  “J.B.PRATT OF PRATT’S BUCHAN” BY THE VERY REVEREND GERALD STRANRAER- MULL (OF ST MARY ON THE ROCK, ELLON).  Aden Country Park Theatre (beside The Book of Deer Project Centre)

16.   2007 MARCH 8TH   “GAELIC IN BANFFSHIRE” BY SEUMAS GRANND

15.  2007  FEBRUARY 8TH  “THE WHITE MONKS” BY ALISTAIR MASON

14.   “PRACTICAL WORK SHOP ON CALLIGRAPHY FOR YOUNG ARTISTS FROM SURROUNDING SCHOOLS IN AREA” RETURN VISIT OF DONALD MURRAY.  Prize giving for Book of Deer Colouring Contest

13.  “MY BUCHAN”   BY JACK WEBSTER

12.   “SAINT COLUMBA” BY ALAN CAMERON

11.  “THE ANCIENT PROVINCES OF SCOTLAND” BY ROY PEDERSON

10.  “CALLIGRAPHY” BY DONALD MURRAY.  Presentation of Prizes by Dr. Norman Allan for Colouring Contest for young folk.

 9.  “CELTIC CHRISTIANITY” BY THE REV. DAVID OGSTON

 8.  “THE ABBEY OF DEER” BY MARY MELVILLE (BOOKLET PUBLISHED).

 7.  “PLACE NAMES IN THE BOOK OF DEER” BY SIMON TAYLOR

 6.  “REFLECTIONS ON THE LITURGY AND SPIRITUALITY OF THE BOOK OF DEER” BY REV. TIM CURTIS.

 5.  “AERIAL ARCHAEOLOGY” BY MOIRA GREIG

 4.  “COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE BOOK OF KELLS, THE BOOKS OF LICHFIELD, THE LINDISFARNE GOSPELS AND THE BOOK OF DURROW” WITH DR. JANET HUNTER

 3.  “THE PICTS AND THE SCOTS” WITH LYNDA MCGUIGAN

2.  “PLACE NAMES IN THE BOOK OF DEER” WITH RICHARD COX

1.  2002  “THE BOOK OF DEER” WITH COLM O’BOYLE.  AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE FRIENDS OF THE BOOK OF DEER.