Mottes, Monks & Merchants – Prof Richard Oram

Motte of Urr
Motte of Urr

The first meeting of the 2014/2015 winter programme of Kirkcudbright History Society got off to an excellent start when Professor Richard Oram spoke about “Mottes, Monks and Merchants: domination, conquest and colonisation in 12th and 13th century Galloway.”

Richard Oram, is Professor of Medieval and Environmental History at the University of Stirling. He is an expert on Scottish medieval history and has published a number of books. These include a book on “The Lordship of Galloway”, a biography of “King David I of Scotland” and “Domination and Lordship. Scotland 1070-1230”. He has a range of research interests including a long standing and continuing interest in the medieval history of our region of Galloway on which he did his doctoral research.

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The Life and Times of Charles Oppenheimer RSA

Euan Robson

The Buckland Burn was a favourite source of inspiration for Oppenheimer
The Buckland Burn was a favourite source of inspiration for Oppenheimer

Charles Oppenheimer, who had a Scottish mother, initially worked in the family mosaics and tile business in Manchester after attending art school there. He gradually made a decision to pursue his primary interest in painting and he and his wife settled in Kirkcudbright where his career flourished. He became a Scottish artist of the first rank.

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