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Historic Scottish Silver
George Dalgleish
Monday 24 September 2018

Lecture starts at 7.30pm; doors open at 7pm

Tickets at the door £5 (Friends £4) include tea/coffee and biscuits


Although gold and silver have been used in Scotland to make jewellery and vessels since prehistoric times, it is only really since the 16th century that we have been able to ascribe surviving pieces to named makers. This is primarily because many examples of these craftsmen’s art carry what have become known as hallmarks. The lecture  will look at  the history of hallmarking in Scotland, the structure of the craft incorporations to which the makers belonged and of course the spectacular wares which still survive to attest to their skill and artistry. Ranging from the Crown of Scotland to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s picnic set, this highly illustrated talk will uncover some of the fascinating stories behind Scotland historic silver and its makers.

Our speaker George R Dalgleish, MA, FSAScot, FSA, was born in Galashiels and educated at Edinburgh University, where he gained an MA(Hons) in Scottish Historical Studies. He joined the staff of the then National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland in 1980, eventually being appointed Keeper of the Scottish History and Archaeology Department of National Museums Scotland in 2012. He was involved in the creation of the 18th and 19th century displays of the Museum of Scotland, and more recently curated the exhibitions Silver: Made in Scotland and Mary Queen of Scots. His special interests include Scottish ceramics, clocks, Jacobite relics, pewter and silver on which he has published extensively. He was a Vice President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland from 2008 -2011and is currently a member of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths of Edinburgh and represents them on the Convenery of Trades of Edinburgh; he is also a Trustee of the Abbotsford Trust and of the Advocates Abbotsford Collections Trust. He retired from NMS in 2016.