Lessons of a Scottish legacy

It's history - with a foot-tapping difference!

That's what La Trobe University's School of Historical and European Studies will offer on Sunday 20 September at 3pm, when, in a free public lecture, it tells the tale of the Jacobite rebellions and Scottish Highland clearances.

Titled 'Lochaber No More' the event is a special performance in narrative and song that has thrilled full houses at Celtic and Folk festivals across Australia.

It features an illustrated introduction by history lecturer Dr Jennifer Ridden that sets the performance in context and discusses the story's significance.

The performance is by Braemar, Scottish folk musicians Eddie Lewis and Marcus de Rijk, who works at the University.  

Billed as one of Australia's best Celtic duos, they have performed at events including a Wallabies v Scotland Rugby Union test match - and entertained Prince Edward during the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

They will appear with guest artists Cath Connelly, Harp; Natasha Trinkle, Cello; Colin MacLeod, Violin; and Geoff Jones, Pipes.

The performance is written and narrated by another La Trobe staff member, Alyson Waterson.

She says the story of the Jacobite rebellions in the 17th and 18th centuries has been romanticised in song and is still felt deeply by Scottish people all over the world.  

'It begins with injustice and ends with the destruction of the Scottish Clan system and the virtual destruction of Scottish language, music and culture.'

Dr Ridden says Scottish Highland experiences of injustice and forced migration are 'surprisingly similar to those of Irish Catholics who came to Australia in the nineteenth century.  But Scottish Jacobites were just not resisting English rule.

'The story also involves conflict between highland and lowland Scots, between traditional and more modern ways of life, and between Catholic and Protestant religions'.

Details:  Sunday 20 September 2009, 3 pm, Agora Lecture Theatre, La Trobe University, Melbourne (Bundoora) campus

For further information and Registration: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/ctlc/public-lecture/index.html

Alyson Waterson
Phone: 03 9479 5895