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Robert Howie was born in Edinburgh and has lived there all his life.  He holds an honours degree in education and has held various promoted posts as a teacher in Edinburgh.  He still teaches part-time while focusing on his business.  Robert undertook business placements with Edinburgh World Heritage and with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland.

Robert co-formed Historic Edinburgh Tours in 2013, and it became a family-owned business two years later.  He represented his company on Dutch TV in 2016 and has provided voluntary assistance on various educational ‘Old Town’ projects. 
Robert is married and lives in this historic village of Colinton

Robert will take us on a guided tour of the Old Town of Edinburgh to visit the sites associated with the Jacobites



Before retirement in 2012, George MacKenzie was head of National Records of Scotland. He was external examiner for archives at the University of Dundee until 2017 and currently represents ancestral tourism on the Scottish Clans and Families Forum. He is a Fellow of the International Council on Archives and President of the Scottish Record Society.

George will be giving a presentation on Managing Archives



Genealogist Emma Maxwell, co-founder of Scottishindexes, will present a beginner's guide to the Court of Session Records and she will show you how using these records can add to the story and social history of your Scottish ancestor




Former NRS archivist Margaret Fox will present on the wealth of genealogical information that can be gleaned from Registers of Deeds allowing you to better understand the lives of your Scottish ancestors. 



Archivist Alison Diamond, the archivist for the Duke of Argyll, will provide an overview of the records available in the Argyll papers collection to assist you in researching your Scottish ancestors from the Argyll estate and lands owned by the Dukes through time. 

 Dr Irene O'Brien, Senior Archivist with the Glasgow City Archives, will give a presentation on Merchant and Crafts Records. 

Donna Moore has a Masters Degree in Community Learning and Development, a Masters in Gender Studies and is currently undertaking a PhD in creative writing. She facilitates creative writing workshops and GWL’s Drama Queens and loves women’s history, particularly the history of women’s suffrage. Donna will give a presentation on the Women's Suffrage Movement in Scotland and how these times might have impacted our ancestors. 

Dr. S. Karly Kehoe is the Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Communities. Her primary research areas are religion, migration, and minority identities in the British Atlantic, but she is also interested in sustainable development and rural change in Nova Scotia and the Scottish Highlands. She co-edits the Histories of the Scottish North Atlantic book series with Edinburgh University Press and is the board chairperson of the Gorsebrook Research Institute for Atlantic Canada Studies. Dr Kehoe will give a presentation on the Highland Scots in Nova Scotia. 

Andrew Armstrong is a Scottish genealogist based in the Scottish Borders. His specialization is family historyin southern Scotland : Dumfries and Galloway, and the Borders. His interest in the Border Reivers is perhaps not surprising, given that he shares a surname with some of the most notorious reivers who flourished in the 16th century.

Andrew will be presenting on the Border Reivers. 

Other presenters have been contacted but contact was lost due to the lockdown worldwide in response to CoVid-19. Once things re-open and confirmation has been received, these presenters and their topics will be added to the website. 

A full weekend of presentations for just $119 cad

Registration opens October 1, 2020.

Registration allows access to all presentations and handouts for six weeks.


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