Previous Programme 2014-2015

Most meetings are held at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW, or the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2LJ, where tea is available from 5:15 before events. Visitors are welcome to attend meetings, and may also attend dinners and visits if places are available.

2 OCTOBER 2014. 5:45 P.M. Quaker Meeting House
Prof Stephen W. Brown
‘The Edinburgh Press and the Difference of Opinion in 1745’.

6 NOVEMBER 2014. 6:00 P.M. NLS Boardroom
Annual John Murray Archive Lecture
Mary O’Connell
‘Lord Byron and John Murray II: an extraordinary publishing relationship’.
Joint EBS and NLS event. For EBS places email:

4 DECEMBER 2014. 5:45 P.M. Quaker Meeting House
Mark Glancy
‘ “…One great repository, which should be rendered accessible to the republic of letters”: the National Museums Scotland Library collection – its origin and development’.

22 JANUARY 2015. 6:00 P.M. NLS Boardroom
Prof Penny Fielding
‘Discovering Women Writers in Early Nineteenth-century Shetland’.
Joint EBS and NLS event. For EBS places email:

26 FEBRUARY 2015. 5:45 P.M. Quaker Meeting House
Dr Adam Fox
‘Robert Drummond, Edinburgh printer 1740-–52’.

19 MARCH  2015. 5:45 P.M. Quaker Meeting House
Annual Business Meeting
followed by
Dr John Crawford
‘Libraries, Reading and Society in Paisley, 1760–1830’.
Annual dinner
, dedicated to the provincial readers and libraries of Scotland. Contact the Secretary by 26 February if you wish to attend.

29 APRIL 2015. 6:00 P.M. Project Room, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh
Dr Tom Mole
‘Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine and the Language of Personal Attack’.

21 MAY 2015. 6:00 P.M. NLS Boardroom
Stephanie Craighill
‘Stieg Larsson in Translation: A European Success Story’
This event has been cancelled.

18 JUNE 2015. 5:45 P.M. Quaker Meeting House
Dr Sebastiaan Verweij
‘Early Modern Scottish Literary Manuscripts’.

ANNUAL VISIT: SATURDAY 30 MAY 2015. 2:00 P.M. NLS Causewayside Building
The 2015 Annual Visit will be to the National Library of Scotland to see the Bartholomew Archive, the record of the Edinburgh-based firm of map engravers, printers and publishers John Bartholomew & Son Ltd. It is one of the most extensive cartographic archives available for research in a public institution and was donated to NLS between 1983 and 2013. The Archive includes the firm’s records, the original materials on which their maps were based, engraved copper plates and glass printing plates and publicity and advertising materials. There are only 15 places available: if you would like to attend, please contact the Secretary by 21 May 2015.