Visiting Scholars Talks 2019

Thursday 4 July 2019

We are pleased to announce our programme of talks for the University of St Andrews Library Special Collections Visiting Scholars 2019 session. All our Visiting Scholar talks will be taking place in the Napier Reading Room at Martyrs Kirk Research Library, North Street, St Andrews.

11 July 2019, 2pm – Daniel Belteki (University of Kent), ‘Scotch mist in Greenwich: James David Forbes and his astronomical connections’

Stereoscopic photograph taken by Charles Piazzi Smyth of the Sheepshanks telescope first erected on Mount Guajara, 1856 (r QB4.T3S6)

Daniel Belteki will carry out research based on the papers of the eminent scientist James David Forbes (1809-1868) who was Principal of the United College of St. Salvator and St. Leonard at St Andrews from 1859. Daniel’s research will contribute to a number of projects including the ongoing digitisation of the journals of the seventh Astronomer Royal, Sir George Biddell Airy (1801-1892) and his work on the relationship between Forbes and the controversial Astronomer Royal for Scotland, Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819-1900).

25 July 2019, 2pm – Freya Gowrley (University of Edinburgh), ‘Material Inheritance: Family Histories and Family Resemblances in Nineteenth-Century Manuscript Production’

Cartoon drawn by Professor Ramsay Heatley Traquair of the discovery of fossil fishes in Dura Den, c1861, from the commonplace book of Roberta McIntosh (ms37102/9 p. 69).

Dr Gowrley will focus on the papers of Scottish marine zoologist William Carmichael McIntosh (1838-1931), and his two sisters Agnes and Roberta, informing her history of collage made in Britain, North America, and across the British Empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The McIntosh collection includes scrapbooks, commonplace books and albums and photographic albums and is an unparalleled source in understanding how such manuscripts created, sustained, and reflected familial relationships.

15 August 2019, 2pm – Karie Schultz (Queen’s University Belfast), ‘The teaching of ethics at St Andrews, 1600-1650: an education in virtuous political life’

Notes from the dictates of James Sharp, Regent, St Leonard’s College, University of St Andrews, taken down by Thomas Kirkton, 1643-1646 (msBR85.S5).

Karie Schultz will study the teaching of political doctrines at the University of St Andrews between 1600 and 1650 through the examination of Latin-language student notebooks, lecture notes, and library catalogues held in Special Collections. Dr Schultz hopes to clarify the connection between Scottish university education and political allegiance in civil-war Britain and to establish how those who would become Covenanters and royalists and who attended St Andrews in the early seventeenth century – such as Alexander Henderson, George Gillespie, and John Maxwell – were educated about political ideas, including the respective roles of the law, the magistrate, and citizens in a godly society.

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