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Ian MacDougall Memorial Lecture

The 2024 Ian MacDougall Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday 4th April 2024 at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Caroline Milligan of the European Ethnological Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh will give a keynote talk on the bringing to publication of Ian MacDougall’s interviews with and research on Peeblesshire Textile Workers. The book will be available at the event.

Following Caroline’s talk, The Mills of Tweeddale Project will give a presentation on their current oral history recording and research project being run by Peebles Civic Society with the Innerleithen Community Trust and the Walkerburn Community Development Trust.

Thank you to the Franco-Scottish Society of Scotland

The Society has given us a grant sufficient to cover the editing of Ian’s interview transcripts for online publication. The grant will also provide for a copy to be lodged with La Maison des Johnnies in Roscoff, Britanny.

As the result of the interest created by the continued publicizing of Ian MacDougall’s research on French Onion Johnnies, we were delighted that publisher Birlinn Ltd. reprinted the book in June 2023, published this time as: ONION JOHNNIES Recollections of Seasonal French Onion Sellers in Scotland.