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Lauriston Castle 2013


and Tours

Lauriston Castle invites you to a series of special talks and lectures

Lauriston Castle 2013

Lectures and Tours

Booking information

Unless otherwise stated lecture mornings cost £8

and include a special tour of the Castle and coffee

and cakes. Our lecture experiences are truly unique

and intimate, and you often get a chance to see

parts of the Castle not on the guided tours. We also

have special events where different pricing applies

and this is clearly noted.

Our lectures are hugely popular. Pre booking and

advance payment are essential. To secure your

place, call Margaret Findlay on 0131-529-3963.

Please note that people do book very early for events

much later in the year, so if you fancy a particular

event book as soon as the programme comes out.

After booking your place, please send a cheque for

payment to Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road

South, Edinburgh EH4 5QD. Please make cheques

payable to City of Edinburgh Council and include a

note of the lecture that you are booking.

Free car parking is available within the Castle

grounds off Cramond Road South.

Lauriston Castle is easy to reach and is just minutes

from the City Bypass. It sits between Davidson’s

Mains and Cramond. You can take buses to

Davidson’s Mains, or Silverknowes Terminus; both

are around 10 minutes walk from Lauriston Castle.

The lecture mornings last approximately 2 hours.

Lauriston Castle Tours

Visit Lauriston Castle and see one of the most

extraordinary Edwardian interiors in Scotland.

Tour times:

From 1st April – 31st October 2.00pm Saturday -

Thursday (closed Friday)

Winter from 1st November – 31st March 2.00pm

Saturday and Sunday only

Admission charges:

Adult £5.00

Concession £3.00

Family £12.50 (2 Adults + 3 Children under 16)

Group rate £3.00 (for groups of 10 and over)

Out of hours £8 Adult and £5 Concession

group visits

Refreshments can be provided for group visits.

Special Tours and Events

We have one daily ‘no need to book’ guided tour at

Lauriston. Just turn up at the times outlined above.

You can however book group tours at other times by

phoning Lauriston Castle. We offer a range of prebookable

themed tours on subjects like; Edwardian

Social History, the Furniture of Lauriston, the History

of the Gardens and Servants’ Lives.

Lauriston Castle is also the home of the Edinburgh

Croquet Club. Free croquet taster sessions can

be arranged by request. Why not combine a game

of croquet with your visit to the Castle, along with

afternoon tea? For croquet alone, phone 0131 443

1410 or go online at www.edinburghcroquetclub.


For more information about the Castle, or to

book a place on any of our regular organised

tours: telephone 0131 336 2060 or email:

Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road South,

Davidson’s Mains, Edinburgh EH4 5QD

New Recruits Needed for Living


Living Lauriston is a group of volunteers who use

‘Living History’ to assist in the interpretation of

the collection and history of Lauriston Castle.

We are on the lookout for some new people!

We need costume makers, props makers,

history enthusiasts, people who would like to do

some research and budding actors. For further

information please contact 0131 336 2060.

Renaissance Extravaganza

Friday 17 May, 6 pm – 8 pm

For Everyone FREE

Celebrating the early period of the house, join us for

an evening celebrating the early history of Lauriston

Castle. Edinburgh Renaissance Band will perform,

our Living Lauriston group will perform short

sketches and there will be Medieval-inspired food.

Edinburgh’s Telford College will perform a fashion

show inspired by headgear of the period.

Vintage Cars at the Castle

Sunday 19 May, 1 pm – 4 pm

For Everyone FREE

Come and look at vintage cars against the magnificent

backdrop of Lauriston Castle. With additional crafts

for children. Make little crafted wooden cars, mobiles

and stained glass panels. Hear magical stories about

special cars and their journeys.

Scottish All Rover Rally

Sunday 26 May 10 am - 4 pm

All Car Lovers Welcome! The Scottish All Rover Rally

Committee present a display of Classic Rover Cars

in the stunning Lauriston Castle grounds. Cars on

display will feature some early pre-war models and

cars from the 50s 60s and 70s - right up to the

latest models from Land Rover and Range Rover.


Skin Care and Beauty Naturally

Saturday 1 June, 10 am – 4 pm


£30 includes lunch

Do you ever worry about what you’re putting on your

skin? Learn traditional, sustainable ways of keeping

your skin healthy and create fabulous skin care

treats to take home using simple kitchen cupboard

ingredients and wild local plants from the grounds

of Lauriston Castle. Easy on your body, your pocket

and the planet! Facilitated by qualified medical

herbalist Anna Canning.

Since qualifying as a medical herbalist in 2007,

Anna has focused increasingly on community education.

Her key aims are to give people of all ages practical skills

and confidence in the use of plants and foods for health

and wellbeing, and to re-connect people in meaningful

and healthful ways with their local green spaces.



China Dogs and Teacups – Collecting


Monday 3 June, 10.30 am

The everyday household and decorative objects

of the Victorian age are now treasured antiques,

but what do they say about the popular taste of

their own time? This illustrated lecture will explore

common and not so common objects from the

personal collection of artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb,

and also illustrate how she uses them in her own

artwork. Tessa will also be bringing along favourite

items for you to see after the lecture.

The Orkney Chair Revival in Britain and

the Netherlands

Monday 17 June, 10.30 am

One of Orkney’s best-known products is the strawbacked

chair which in the 19th century was to

be found in every farm house on the islands. This

talk will discuss the revival of the Orkney chair

in the 1890s, which took it from its rural origins

to Liberty of London and the drawing rooms of

the aristocracy, and its intriguing appearance in

the stock of a Dutch entrepreneur in The Hague.

Annette Carruthers is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Art

History at the University of St Andrews, where she teaches

courses on British decorative arts and design and Museum

and Gallery Studies. Her book on the Arts and Crafts

Movement in Scotland will be published later in the year.

Ill-Charted and Unlighted Seas

Friday 28 June, 10.30 am

In 1888, Robert Louis Stevenson undertook a

photo-literary tour of Polynesia and Micronesia, the

result of which was a substantial literary corpus as

well as four photograph albums. Carla Manfredi

will explore this overlooked, but substantial

photographic collection and examine it in relation to

In the South Seas (1896).

Carla Manfredi is currently a fourth year doctoral

candidate at Queen’s University (Canada). Carla began

research at The Writers’ Museum on Stevenson’s South

Seas photo albums last summer, and with the support

of UCL’s Institute of Historical Research and an Andrew

Mellon Fellowship is currently undertaking further


The Lost Garden of Penicuik

Friday 5 July, 10.30 am

In 1873 plans were drawn up for a magnificent

new garden south of Edinburgh with an immense

range of glasshouses. Roger Kelly’s very personal

presentation follows the growing tradition that led up

to the garden, what became of the place, its heyday

and its decline, and today’s community efforts to

pull it back to productive life. Along the way he picks

up links with Japan, New Zealand, and Portobello,

with Prime Minister Gladstone and Patrick Geddes,

with the influence of journalism, the Soil Association

and Rudolf Steiner, with businesses like Mackenzie

& Moncur, John Dennis, and Saracen Foundry, and

major historical events like the Second World War,

and the housing boom of the sixties and seventies.

Roger Kelly helps lead Penicuik Community

Development Trust and the Campaign to Restore

the Great Polish Map of Scotland. An advisor to the

Government’s Climate Challenge fund and awards, judge

for The Patrick Geddes Trust , he is vice-convener of The

Saltire Society and a former convener of the Royal Town

Planning Institute in Scotland.

Shake, Rattle, Roll and Sheer Terror

Thursday 25 July, 10.30 am

An illustrated talk on how the public, press and

medical professions viewed train travel in the

19th century, and at how well the traveller was

looked after by the railway companies and their

servants. Robin Barnes discusses the highs and the

lows, based on the contemporary observations of

both regular and occasional travellers, the wealthy

and the poor, and the medical advice given to them,

well-founded and otherwise.

Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel: Creation and


Friday 26 July, 10.30 am

The Catholic Apostolic Church, now known as the

Mansfield Traquair Centre, was designed in 1872

by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson. The building was a

milestone in Anderson’s career and is a key building

in the New Town of Edinburgh. The building is of

great architectural merit, but what makes it extra

special is that it contains a vast mural painting

cycle by Phoebe Anna Traquair which was executed

in the 1890s. This has led to the building being

called ‘Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel’. The Catholic

Apostolic Church ceased worship in the building

in 1958, since when the building suffered from

lack of maintenance and the murals from water

penetration, salt efflorescence and deposits left by

invasive pigeons. Rosemary Mann tells the story of

the building and its rescue by a charitable trust, its

renovation and the restoration of the murals.

Rosemary Mann is Secretary of the Mansfield Traquair

Trust and was involved in the restoration of the building

and murals from start to finish.

Enter the World of Jane Austen: History in

the Making

Saturday 27 July, 2 pm

£20 with a special buffet afternoon tea - A talk about the design

and construction of gowns worn during the Regency period.

Julia Soares-McCormick creates fabulous theatrical

costumes along with masks, headdresses and

jewellery. She will present a very interesting,

lively and informative talk about the design and

construction of her gowns. Beautifully costumed

mannequins will accompany the talk. Included

are an ornate gold-encrusted Court Gown inspired

by clothes worn by Empress Josephine wife of

Napoleon Bonaparte and a beautiful Regency

gown in the style of Jane Austen. Underwear and

accessories worn during this period will also be


Julia has a BA Hons Theatre Design; she presents

Renaissance fashion shows and costume displays and

talks to schools, groups, libraries and stately homes.

She has appeared on the BBC wearing her Gowns at

a stately home and has also been featured on radio.

Julia worked in a number of theatres before going on to

design costumes privately.

The History of Cramond Island

Monday 5 August, 10.30 am

Cramond Island is easily accessible at low tide from

the promenade at Cramond. On the island the most

obvious structures are the remains of a number of

military installations from the Second World War.

This lecture covers island life from its early history

when it was owned by the Bishops of Dunkeld,

through the middle ages, to its short-lived period as

a smallholding in the 1950’s.

John Dods is a retired Electronics Engineer and has

been involved with the Cramond Heritage Trust since

his retirement.

The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland

Wednesday 7 August, 10.30 am

At the turn of the 19th and 20th century artists,

architects and designers all over Britain contributed

to a movement which aimed to improve the design

of everyday life - from houses and churches to

interior furnishings and items for personal use such

as jewellery and books. In Scotland the Arts and

Crafts Movement had a distinctive character of its

own, which will be explored in this talk.

Annette Carruthers is a Senior Lecturer in the School of

Art History at the University of St Andrews, where she

teaches courses on British decorative arts and design

and Museum and Gallery Studies. Her book on the Arts

and Crafts Movement in Scotland will be published

later in the year.



Bartholomew’s Maps: A Cartographic

Window Into Edinburgh’s Past

Kings And Queens In Costume: History In

The Making

The Peculiarity Of Scottish Witchcraft:

The Napier Family And The North Berwick


Monday 26 August, 10.30 am

For the Europeans of the 16th and 17th centuries,

witchcraft was a very real thing. This lecture aims to

look at the ways in which Scottish witchcraft can be

seen as peculiar when compared to the trends found

in the rest of Europe, as Scottish witchcraft had

a darker and more sinister nature. The witchcraft

trials in North Berwick of the 1590s are the perfect

example of witchcraft persecution in Scotland, and

this lecture will also uncover Lauriston Castle’s

family connection with this dark art.

Charlotte Johnson is a recent graduate from the

University of Edinburgh, having studied MA History and

Scottish history. She now works as a Visitor Assistant

for Edinburgh Museums and Galleries.

Decimus Burton Architect Of Many Facets

Monday 2 September, 10.30 am

Of Scottish descent, Decimus Burton had a career

that spanned the Regency period to well into

Victoria’s reign. His buildings range from the well

known Arch and Screen, to London’s Hyde Park,

to the then cutting edge hi-tech Palm House at

Kew Gardens. Unlike other Victorian architects he

refused to take part in “the Battle of the Styles” and

was happy to work in either the Classical, Gothic, or

Vernacular. His aim was to provide his client with the

building that best suited his taste and needs.

Philip Miller organized the successful travelling

exhibition that celebrated the centenary of Decimus

Burton’s death in 1981, and has just revamped this

to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Burton

designed Lancashire town of Fleetwood in 2011. It is

now available online.

Thirty Years Of Collecting Rugs In The

Middle East: A Travellers Account

Wednesday 4 September, 10.30 am

Monday 19 August, 10.30 am

This well-illustrated talk will provide an overview of the

extensive archives and maps of John Bartholomew &

Son, and the special insight they give into the history of

Edinburgh over the last two centuries. Bartholomew’s

history spans six generations of family heads from

the 1820s to the 1980s, and their maps were justly

famous all over the world - many of their innovative

techniques and publications still influence map-making

today. Whilst the firm moved several times in the

city, Edinburgh was always their family and business

home, and Bartholomew produced many unusual and

distinctive maps of Edinburgh. The firm also kept an a

very detailed archive of their work, which survives today

in the National Library of Scotland. This allows a unique

insight into practical map-making work.

Chris Fleet is Senior Map Curator at the National

Library of Scotland. His particular responsibilities

relate to digital mapping and the NLS maps website,

but he has had a long-standing interest in researching

the history of Scottish maps and map-makers. In

2011 he co-authored the book Scotland: Mapping the

Nation, published by Birlinn in association with the

National Library of Scotland.

Saturday 24 August,2 pm

£20 with a special buffet afternoon tea - A talk about the design

and construction of costumes for Kings and Queens

Julia Soares-McCormick creates fabulous theatrical

costumes along with masks, headdresses,

underwear and jewellery - she will present a very

interesting, lively and informative talk about their

design and construction. Costumes on display

include a glittering gold outfit for Cleopatra Queen

of the Nile, an elegant pink silk gown for Henry VIII’s

fifth wife Queen Katherine Howard, a new French silk

gown for Mary Queen of Scots and a court gown for

Empress Josephine. Due to popular demand Julia’s

husband will again accompany her in full regalia as

Henry VIII.

Julia has a BA Hons Theatre Design; she presents

Renaissance fashion shows, costume displays and

talks to schools, groups, libraries and stately homes.

She has appeared on the BBC wearing her gowns at

a Stately Home and has also been featured on radio.

Julia worked in a number of theatres before going on to

design costumes privately.

Rufus Reade has been importing rugs into Edinburgh

since 1983. He has travelled huge distances in

search of the unusual and the interesting, often

diverting along the way to see a remote mosque,

monastery or ruin. In this illustrated talk he takes

us along some of these byways, and gives the

background to running an unusual business, The

Nomads Tent, here in Edinburgh. He will bring along

some of his favourite rugs.

Rufus Reade was born in Kenya, and grew up in Cyprus

speaking English and Greek. He worked as a social

worker, latterly running a refugee centre in Carnwath for

Vietnamese Boat People. It was during the recession

of the early 1980s, and he became intrigued by the

possibilities of their self-employment. This proved

an unsuccessful goal but it galvanized him to give up

teaching social workers at Stevenson College, and to

start his own business, The Nomads Tent, importing

and selling oriental rugs from Turkey.

Corstorphine Old And New

Friday 6 September, 10.30 am

This lecture will cover the history of Corstorphine

from the medieval stone-roofed church and



dovecot right through to the 20th century changes

when old cottages were swept away for shopping

developments. There are many illustrations of

buildings and times that are gone. The photographs

and anecdotes will inform and entertain the

audience whilst illustrating the fate of villages that

were overtaken by the spread of a city.

Ian Anderson is Vice-Chairman of Corstorphine

Trust, a retired investment manager, who has lived in

Corstorphine for almost 50 years. He is passionate

about recording the history of the village in the

Trust’s museum and archive in the listed building that

they occupy in the corner of St. Margaret’s Park on

Corstorphine High Street.

Rooted In Royalty: North Queensferry

Monday 9 September, 10.30 am

An exploration of the timeline of the development of

the Queensferry Passage from the early ferry system

1000AD up to the 2 bridges today, and its effect on

a village community.

James Lawson is retired and has lived in North

Queensferry for 17 years and is currently chairman

of NQ Heritage Trust. James is also involved with the

development of the new Forth Bridges Tourist Group

involving a more ‘professional’ welcome for all cruise liner

passengers coming to either Rosyth or South Queensferry.

Our Famous Caravan Holiday’, Elsie

Jollyman’s Visit To Scotland Of 1909

Wednesday 11 September, 10.30am

Scotland was well-established as a tourist destination

by 1909 when Elsie Jollyman toured the west of

Scotland in a horse-drawn caravan. By this time,

seasoned travellers had begun to react to the

commercialism of organised tours and simple

holidays in the fresh air became popular. This talk will

explore the development of tourism in Scotland with

particular reference to this delightful journal of a visit

to Scotland by a group of friends in search of novelty.

Olive Geddes, Senior Curator in the Manuscript

Collections Division of the National Library of Scotland.

Musing The News

June 1903: Breakfast With WR Reid

Saturday 21 September, 11 am – 1.30 pm

£20 with a buffet brunch

It’s June 1903 and William Robert Reid and his wife

Margaret have taken occupancy of Lauriston Castle.

A man of regular habits, Mr Reid has ordered the

Scotsman newspaper to be delivered to Lauriston

every day and to be placed in the Oak Room of the

Castle, which he has renovated as his office. Due

to the distractions of moving, however, Mr Reid has

fallen behind with the news. He invites you to join

him as he catches up with the events, local and

global, of June 1903. Afterwards brunch will be

served in the old Castle kitchen.

A Dish Of Tea

Monday 23 September, 10.30 am (with some very

interesting teas to sample)

What is now regarded as Britain’s national drink

was unknown before the mid 17th century,

in fact its first mention was in the newspaper

announcing the death of Oliver Cromwell. At first

it was fabulously expensive and was regarded for

its cure-all properties, but soon it became part of

the ritual of the drawing room, the mistress of the

house presiding over the locked tea chest. The 19th

century saw the invention of that British institution

“afternoon tea”, by the Duchess of Bedford.

Tea had previously been the monopoly of China

but Scottish botanist Robert Fortune pioneered the

establishment of tea plantations in India and Ceylon

making the leaf more available to the less wealthy

classes and providing an alternative to stronger

drinks and thus encouraging the teetotal movement.

Philip Miller organized a record-breaking exhibition at

London’s Building Centre based upon his collection of

tea ephemera and his vast collection of teapots, 2000

of which are now in the Norwich museum. Although he

still has over 1000, the most interesting of which he

will use to illustrate his talk.

Granton’s Industrial Past

Wednesday 25 September, 10.30 am

Granton used to be an industrial area. It had one of

the first car factories, wireworks, fishing, coal and a

lot more. It also had one of the first train ferries. This

lecture will explore some of the industries and the

area in general and also give an account of growing

up in Granton.

Kenneth Williamson, born in 1951, has lived in Granton

all his life, and has extensive knowledge of the local

area. He played rugby for Leith Accies and Broughton

and plays bowls at Maitland Bowling Club, Davidson’s

Mains. Kenneth is a railway enthusiast, and has had

several articles and pictures published in national

railway magazines.

The Glasgow Boys

Tuesday 1 October, 10.30 am

The Glasgow Boys were a group of artists whose

emergence in the 1880s led to a radical shift in

Scottish art. Crawhall, Guthrie, Henry, Hornel, Lavery,

Melville, Paterson and Walton were young, talented

and ambitious, producing work that was new and

challenging and which rapidly gained international

recognition. This lecture looks at the work of the Boys,

including examples from the City Art Centre’s collection

of Scottish art, as well as placing them in the context

of parallel contemporary developments at Newlyn

in Cornwall and Skagen in Denmark. Ian O’Riordan

is Senior Curator of Art, Edinburgh Museums and


The Poetry Of Motion: The Motor Car In

Edwardian Literature

Thursday 3 October, 10.30 am

The emergence of the motor car was greeted with an

equal measure of elation and despair in Edwardian

writing. While some writers such as Rudyard Kipling

embraced the car as a wonderful and exciting

example of modernity, others imagined the motorist

as Mr Toad, throwing up dust and defiling the

countryside as he sped by. This lecture will delve deep

into the Edwardian literary scene to suggest how early

motor cars were introduced to the reading public.

Jonathan Wild is Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature

at the University of Edinburgh. He is completing a

book entitled The Great Edwardian Emporium which

examines the literary culture of the Edwardian period.

William Robert Reid & The Luxury Train

Monday 7 October, 10.30 am

The superb quality of furniture and interior design

produced by Morison & Company of Edinburgh

under the direction of W.R.Reid is widely

recognised. Not so is the fact that Mr Reid and his

company designed and produced luxury railway

carriage interiors which ranked amongst the finest

of their kind in the late 19th to early 20th century,

establishing a truly international reputation.

Robin Barnes takes an illustrated look at this work,

which Mr. Reid continued to undertake on behalf of his

former company for a decade following his ‘retirement’

to Lauriston Castle in April 1903.



Medicines From The Mud

Tuesday 8 October, 10.30 am

Since 1986, the Soutra Research Project has

been exploring the medieval hospital, south-east

of Edinburgh. Modifying traditional archaeology

– itself silent on medical practice – techniques

from geophysics, forensics, medical diagnostics,

toxicology et al. have been applied. This has allowed

precise study of ‘medical waste’, including medicinal

recipes selected for use – with interpretation through

medieval recipe collections. Evaluate this new

science for yourself – and see what archaeologists

and historians overlook.

Dr Brian Moffat has been the Director of Investigations

throughout. By background, he is a biogeographer/

ecologist. He is known as the ‘Hermit of Soutra Aisle’

The Scottish Home In The 16th Century

Wednesday 23 October, 10.30 am

Michael Pearce explores the furnishings of the

homes of the wealthier classes from a survey

of 16th century inventories and court records,

uncovering what must have been essential and

what seems exotic. He is researching furnishing in

Scotland (1500-1700) as a PhD with the National

Museums and the University of Dundee, an interest

sparked by his work with Historic Scotland and the

re-instatement of interiors at Stirling Palace. The

comparison of inventory and artefact evidence is

intended to help the interpretation of the museum’s

collection and built heritage in Scotland.

Michael Pearce has been Historic Scotland’s

Conservation Group “Historic Interiors Researcher”

since 2000, after training as a conservator in Lincoln.

He contributed to the restoration of the interior

of General Register House and the Stirling Castle

palace project. Currently he is researching domestic

furnishings as an AHRC funded PhD with the National

Museums and Charles McKean at Dundee Unversity.

Buying New Art In Edwardian Britain: The

Case Of The Rowats Of Paisley

Monday 4 November, 10.30 am

The best work of designers such as Charles Rennie

Mackintosh and George Walton depended on the

patronage of a very small number of committed

enthusiasts. The Rowat family commissioned work

from Mackintosh on four occasions, the starting

point for a talk which will examine the place of

avant-garde taste among Edwardian entrepreneurs.

Stephen Jackson is Senior Curator, Applied Art and

Design at National Museums Scotland.

A Millennium Of Scottish Wheel Thrown

Pottery: A 21st Century Perspective

Wednesday 6 November, 10.30 am

Just over a decade ago a small a small group of

Scottish archaeologists and medieval ceramic

researchers decided that developer driven

archaeology was in the main doing little to support

ceramic studies. They therefore convened a

meeting of interested parties, formed the Medieval

Archaeology Group (MARG) in a bid to try and

change its direction. At the same time the speaker,

with help from a small group of volunteers, decided

in what has become known as the National

Museums Scotland shard project, that they would

try and put into the public domain the entire corpus

of excavated and unpublished ceramic material from

Scottish 18th and 19th century pottery production

sites. As the result of all this work, which had

invaluable support from Historic Scotland, we have

begun to see the benefits of a unified approach at a

national level. Scotland, now almost certainly has a

better grip than most countries on its wheel thrown

ceramic heritage.

George R. Haggarty FSA, FSA Scot is a Research

Associate: National Museums Scotland.

Medical Care: Intervention By The State

Monday 18 November, 10.30 am

This lecture will explore the part played by the state

in the development of medicine in Scotland in the

hundred years before 1948.

Morrice McCrae graduated in medicine at

Glasgow. After service in the army he returned to

Glasgow University as Hall Fellow in Medicine. He

was then a lecturer in medicine at Glasgow before

becoming a consultant physician the Royal Hospital for

Sick Children in Edinburgh. After retiring from medical

practice he studied history at Edinburgh. Since then

he has written a number of books including Physicians

in Society, Sir James Simpson: The Turbulent Life of a

Medical Pioneer and Scottish Medicine: An Illustrated


The Laird’s Kitchen: Three Hundred Years

Of Food In Scotland

Monday 25 November, 10.30 am

Sheep’s heid broth, haggis, crappit heids; these

are the images conjured up by traditional Scottish

food. But what did our ancestors really eat? Using

diet books, household accounts, inventories and

manuscript recipe books from the collections of the

National Library of Scotland, this talk explores the

eating habits of the wealthier members of society

from the early 1600s to Edwardian times.

Olive Geddes is Senior Curator in the Manuscript

Collections Division of the National Library of Scotland.

You Must Never Travel Without One:

Advice For The Lady Traveller At Home

And Abroad

Thursday 28 November, 10.30 am

At a time when manufacturers produced a huge

range of travel paraphernalia what were the

essentials for the Victorian and Edwardian lady

travellers? What should you take and what could you

safely leave behind? This lecture will look at some of

the range of goods on offer to travellers, hints and

tips for lady travellers, as well as some of their reallife


Helen Edwards is Curator of Applied Art at the Museum

of Edinburgh and Lauriston Castle

Musing The News

Christmas 1918: Breakfast With WR Reid

Saturday 30 November, 11 am – 1.30 pm

£20 with a buffet brunch

It’s 24 December 1918 and William Robert Reid

and his wife Margaret prepare for Christmas at

Lauriston Castle, their last Christmas together. Mr

Reid has ordered the Scotsman newspaper to be

delivered and placed in the Oak Room of the Castle.

We welcome you to join him as he catches up with

events local and global, of Christmas 1918, just

months before his death. A brunch will be served

afterwards in the old Castle Kitchen.

Living Lauriston

Living Lauriston


Be transported back to the Edwardian period and

meet Mr and Mrs Reid and their staff as they go

about their daily lives at Lauriston Castle. Living

Lauriston is a group of volunteers who work with the

City of Edinburgh Museum staff to assist with the

interpretation of the collections at Lauriston Castle.

To book and for further information, please

telephone 0131 336 2060 or email (events only)

Spick And Span

Sunday 7 April, 2 pm, 3 pm or 4 pm

Adult £5, Child £3, Family £12.50

With refreshments: Adult £6.50, Child £4.50, Family £17

Visit Lauriston Castle and meet the owners and

servants as they begin their big spring clean. Find

out what they think about new cleaning methods

and how they spend their leisure time.

At Home

Sunday 26 May, 2 pm, 3 pm or 4 pm

Adult £5, Child £3, Family £12.50

With refreshments: Adult £6.50, Child £4.50, Family £17

Meet Mr and Mrs Reid as they welcome friends to

their home. Join the servants downstairs as they

prepare tea and go about their duties.

A Summer Day

Sunday 8 September, 2 pm, 3 pm or 4 pm

Adult £5, Child £3, Family £12.50

With refreshments: Adult £6.50, Child £4.50, Family £17

The end of summer is approaching as Mr and Mrs

Reid prepare to travel abroad. However, they still

have visitors in the house and must entertain them.

Eavesdrop on their plans.

The 5 Ghosts At Halloween

Thursday 31 October 7 pm

£20 with wine and canapés

On this Halloween night meet five ghosts of

Lauriston from each century of the house’s history

and hear their tales in the atmospheric setting of

Lauriston Castle.

Murder Mysteries

Death Pays A Visit

Saturday 15 June, 7 pm

£30 with wine and canapés

Friends gather at the Laurels to celebrate the

birthday of Alice Oliver. However, events take a turn

for the worse when a body is discovered. Join us

to find out whodunit! Exercise your grey cells and

decide for yourself who is guilty and who may be


Deep and Crisp and… Dead!

Friday 6 December, 7 pm

£30 with wine and canapés

Christmas at the Laurels – an idyllic setting in a crisp

snowy landscape…… until a body is discovered!

Everyone is presumed guilty unless they prove

otherwise. Can you unwrap the mystery? Can you

work out whodunit and what their motives are?

You can get this document on tape, in Braille,

large print and various computer formats if you

ask us. Please contact the Interpretation and

Translation Service (ITS) on 0131 242 8181

and quote reference number 12-1041. ITS can

also give information on community language


You can get more copies of this document by calling

0131 529 3963

Illustration by Mairi Crighton

Designed by the City of Edinburgh Council Corporate

Governance 12.359/CG/DW/February 2013

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