Friends of Duff House


All of these talks are free to members of FoDH, and free to all those that have entry to Duff House (eg Historic Scotland members); otherwise £4.40 is payable at the House entrance.  FoDH membership is just £10 for the calendar year, so fantastic value, bearing in mind an autumn talk series and other events!  Please join, or renew your membership, on arrival for your first Talk, or otherwise to FoDH c/o Duff House.

Talks are generally held in the Long Gallery, with excellent presentation and sound equipment.  There is a lift to all floors.

A light lunch is available before each talk, or afternoon tea at the end, in the Café.


THU 2nd FEB 2 to ~3pm

Unearthing the Past”. The BA Dowsing Team talk about far more than water divination, to include buried metals and ores, gemstones, gravesites and other objects – all without the use of scientific apparatus.  They will shed light on their commitment to unearthing the past using their skills.


THU 9th FEB 2 to ~3pm

Scotland’s Still Light – a photographer’s perspective on landscape and literature” by Andy Hall. A partnership of photography and poetic language with the feeling of being solitary within a landscape. The words of highly-esteemed Scottish writers are vividly brought to life by the photography.


THU 16th FEB  2 to ~3pm

Acanthus & Anthemiom as sources of decoration” by Charles Burnett. Both these plants are found in the classical world and the presentation shows how they have both been adapted and stylised to form important elements in architecture and interior design.  Duff House contains several examples of their use.


THU 23rd FEB 2 to ~3pm

Henrietta Tayler” by Maggie Craig, a local author.  Henrietta (1869 to 1951) was a most remarkable woman with a most interesting life, visiting Duff House as part of the Duff family and with her brother Alistair wrote many books on the Duff family and the Jacobite risings.  Maggie has a most readable writing style, and we look forward to a talking style to match!


THU 2nd MAR 2 to ~3pm

The Deskford Carnyx” by Dr Fraser Hunter, specialist in Iron Age, Roman and Early History at the National Museum of Scotland will shed light on this intriguing aspect of Banffshire’s history.  See the real thing in the current exhibition at Duff House (ends 26th Feb).


THU 9th MAR 2 to ~3pm

The making of a Scottish Landscape” by John Barrett (well known locally from his Knock News articles).  John describes the agricultural improvements which swept through Scotland in the later 18th century; lochs drained, bogs reclaimed, fields re-planned, new crops, new tools and methods.


THU 16th MAR 2 to ~3pm

Cullykhan and Fort Fiddes”.  Alex McKay tells of this promontory fort a few miles east of Macduff; first settlement 200 to 300 BC, a Norman tower house and a fort during the Jacobite risings.  It had an archaeological dig in the late 1960s now being written into a book.


THU 23rd MAR 2 to ~3pm

Heraldry and Sea”.  Charles Burnett gives us background and detail on some ships’ flags and badges, and the coats of arms devised for some of our country’s finest sailors.

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