Friday 24th &
Annual weekend and AGM
Venue: The Salutation Hotel, Perth.
Perth was, of course, John Buchan’s birthplace, although the family moved shortly thereafter to Fife. The emphasis for this weekend will be on the young John Buchan and the Buchan family in Fife and includes an exciting coach tour (see below) of the places associated with the family (and the novels) in Pathhead, Kirkcaldy and Dysart. Here is the programme for the weekend:
Arrival at hotel
Talk by Andrena Telford:
“O. Douglas and the Sense of Place”
Departure on Coach tour (prompt!)
Lunch (The Inn at Lathones)
Return from Coach tour
Civic Reception by the Provost of Perth
Talk by Ursula Buchan:
“John Buchan: his first twenty years”
Service at St Matthew’s Church of Scotland
(Tay St, Perth, PH1 5TF)
Checkout from Hotel
NOTE: All events will be held in the hotel, which has excellent meeting facilities, and an attractive bar. The cost of the buffet is £19, and the dinner, £27—payable in advance to the John Buchan Society via the Secretary, Ian Berchem—see booking form
The Society’s Annual Meeting in 2017, from Friday, March 24, to Sunday, March 26, will be held at the historic Salutation Hotel in Perth. The hotel claims to be the oldest established hotel in Scotland and is said to have provided accommodation for Bonnie Prince Charlie at the height of the 1745 Rebellion.
You will be happy to know that it has since been refurbished, most recently in 2015! The hotel is situated on South Street in the City Centre, but only a short walk from the scenic banks of the River Tay and a 10 minute walk from the Railway Station. Rooms are all en suite, are spacious and are well provided for, with tea/ coffee, bathroom accoutrements, etc., with good sized beds a feature! Most rooms are accessible by lift.
Room Costs are:
Double or Twin Room – Sharing - £45 per person per night, with breakfast. Single Occupancy Room – £62 per night, with breakfast.
The Salutation staff have advised that if anyone wants to stay extra nights, it will be possible at the same discounted rates. ROOMS CAN ONLY BE BOOKED AT GROUP RATES THROUGH MIKE EDWARDS at RLK TRAVEL.
To reserve your accommodation please let Mike Edwards know ASAP. He will then send you an invoice which will be payable on February 10th, 2017. Two night room bookings are preferred. There will be a very limited number of rooms for 1 night occupancy, on a first come first served basis.
Apply to: Mike Edwards, Freemans Cottage, Piccadilly, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5UU; tel 01451 850232
One of the emphases at the Perth AGM Weekend is the work of JB’s sister, Anna Buchan (O. Douglas). Lady Stewartby has notified us that the John Buchan Story Museum is short of Anna’s novels and (auto)biographical works. If you have any copies that you can spare, the museum (see website) would be very happy to receive them.
SPECIAL AGM WEEKEND EXCURSION!
The AGM weekend excursion this year will follow in John Buchan’s earliest footsteps, with a tour of Kirkcaldy, Fife, where the Rev. John Buchan was minister of the Pathhead Free Church of Scotland. Organised by Bill Telford, the coach tour will begin with a brief photo-stop at JB’s birthplace in Perth before travelling on to
the historic port of Dysart and a short break at the Harbourmaster’s House. We will then move on to Ravenscraig Park, for a short picturesque walk taking in en route the site of the Free Church, the so-called ‘39 Steps’, the Pathhead Sands and the ruins of Ravenscraig Castle.
A short drive away is Smeaton Road, in Pathhead, and the site of the manse where the Buchans lived (the neighbouring house still survives, though the manse has been demolished). From here we travel to Kirkcaldy Galleries, where a special exhibition on the Buchans in Kirkcaldy has been arranged. On the return journey we stop off at the Inn at Lathones, Largoward, for a buffet lunch. We return to Perth in time for the AGM and the evening’s Dinner. The cost for the excursion will be £20.00, payable in advance to the John Buchan Society through the Secretary, Ian Berchem—see booking form.