The Society holds an annual lecture on a topic associated with James MacLaren's work, his influences and those he influenced. A summary of the previous speakers and their talks is given here.

Most recent lecture

Highland Retreats: The Architecture and Interiors of Scotland's Romantic North

The talk after the 2018 AGM of the James M MacLaren Society on 1st June was given by Mary Miers, historian, writer, and the fine arts and books editor at Country Life. Her talk, based on her recent book Highland Retreats: The Architecture and Interiors of Scotland's Romantic North attracted a large audience. Her book recognises the new generation of Scottish architects from the 1880s, including James M Maclaren, whose patron Sir Donald Currie, MP involved him in the development of Garth House and Glenlyon House.

Previous lectures

2017 Lecture

Ian Muir

A fascinating talk by Ian Muir entitled "Arts and Crafts Architecture for the 21st Century?" This talk showed us how arts and crafts principles had unknowingly inspired houses he has recently designed.  The text and illustrations from this talk appear in Volume 16 of the Journal (2018).

2015 lecture

The contemporary art installation inside Ossian's Hall © National Trust for Scotland
The speaker at our 2015 AGM was the landscape architect Christopher Dingwall talking on "A Hall of Mirrors: Reflections on the Iconography of the Dunkeld Hermitage"

2014 lecture

The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland: A History
In 2014 Annette Carruthers talked on the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland. Annette Carruthers is a senior lecturer in the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews and is the author of "The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland: A History" published by Yale University Press in 2013.

2013 lecture

Dr Elizabeth Cumming
In 2013 Dr Elizabeth Cumming gave a fascinating illustrated talk on Arts and Crafts design in Scotland "Tradition and Modernity" showing how those two were combined creatively. Dr Cumming is an independent art historian, curator, and an Honorary Fellow (History of Art) at the University of Edinburgh.

2012 lecture

Dr Lindsay Lennie
The speaker for the 2012 Annual Lecture was Dr Lindsay Lennie, the leading Scottish expert on historic shop conservation whose book on Historic Shopfronts is published by Historic Scotland.

2011 lecture

Malcolm Appleby engraving. Source: http://www.malcolmappleby.co.uk/
Members enjoyed an evening with Malcolm Appleby, local silversmith with an international reputation, who demonstrated his craft and talked on topics suggested by the audience.

2009 Lecture

Professor John McKean. Photo: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/
The 2009 talk was by Professor John McKean of the University of Brighton entitled "The Curious Case of the Architect who Vanished in the Night-time, or Who Was C R Mackintosh?".