Bruce theme to McKechnie memorial lecture

The Friends of the McKechnie are set to welcome Stephen Scholes to deliver this years Thomas Duncan memorial lecture on Thursday 4th September.

The lecture will centre on the religious activities of Robert the Bruce and in particular how they contributed to his politics.

The lecture takes place at the McKechnie Institute at 7.15pm for 7.30pm.

The lecture held by the Friends of the McKechnie is always well attended and commemorates the engineer Thomas Duncan who was born near Girvan in 1865. He emigrated to America in 1882 and set up his own electrical manufacturing company before dying in 1929 and leaving bequests for the town of Lafayette, Indiana and Purdue University.

The lecture will cut through the myths about Robert The Bruce and attempt to place the man and his deeds in their historical context.

Scots have been bombarded by images and ideas that have abused his story but how much do we know about events regarding Bruce and indeed the man himself?

Many people don’t know enough to be able to understand the time of Bruce.

By looking at the religious and political concerns of King Robert the first and the kingdomof Scotland more widely, it will be possible to shakedown many modern preoccupations about Bruce and explore a medieval King and the mechanisms that saw him came to and consolidated his power more closely.