Bruce Durie

Sat 2nd Sept, 10.20am – 11.20am
‘Am I descended from a Royal Stewart/Stuart?’

Sun 3rd Sept, 10.20am – 11.20am
‘Scottish Heraldry’

With Dr. Bruce Durie BSc (Hons) PhD OMLJ FSAScot FCollT FIGRS FHEA QG

Bruce Durie is considered one of Scotland’s top genealogists, with an international reputation. He is perhaps best known for his BBC radio series, “Digging Up Your Roots” and “A House with A Past”, and he has authored 30 books, including the best-selling “Scottish Genealogy” now in its 3rd edition. ( His background is in medicine and neuropharmacology, as well as holding a doctoral degree in history.

Bruce founded the much-acclaimed Postgraduate Program in Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, which he headed for six years as Course Director, until 2011. Now a Fellow at Strathclyde, he has developed a full-time, online, one-year Masters Genealogical Studies programme. He also teaches courses on Genealogy, Documents and Heraldry at the University of Edinburgh, and is a popular speaker around the USA.

Elected to the prestigious Académie Internationale de Généalogie (the only Academician from Scotland), he is Shennachie (Genealogist and Historian) to the Chief of Durie. He is one of the Founding Members of the Register of Qualified Genealogists (

Bruce was Fulbright Senior Scottish Studies Scholar, spending seven months of 2016 researching Scottish Migration at St Andrews University, Laurinburg, North Carolina, USA.

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Susan Morrison

Susan Morrison from BBC Radio Scotland’s Time Travels will be joined by historians and experts to discuss Mary Queen of Scots, her legacy and impact. Sarah Fraser will be joining Susan on the Sunday.

Sat 2nd Sept, 11:30am – 12:30pm
‘The Influence of Mary’

Sun 3rd Sept, 11:30am – 12:30pm
‘The tragic Stuart timeline’

Live Music

Traditional Music

The Gorms 1:50pm – 3:00pm
“The Gorms play mostly traditional Scottish folk music in their own distinctive way. An element of humour runs through their performances, which run the gamut from soft and wistful to (more often) very rowdy indeed.”

Kilter 1:50pm – 3:00pm
“Ross & Chris play fired up trad music to set the scene for the toe tappers and dancers alike.  Limber up for some ripping sets.”

Acoustics Acts featured (plus more to be announced) from 3:50pm til 5:30pm

Mummys Boy
“Local Hero Craig Lithgow returns to Kinross with his rockabilly, doo-wop, gypsy, blues extravaganza.”

The Cognac Twins
“The Cognac Twins are Craig Anderson, and Paul Connelly who hail from historic Dunfermline Town. Childhood, friends, brought together through a shared love of music, this pair of lovable rogues have been writing and playing together for over two decades. They have jammed and gigged their way through the years, however this is their first release proper.”

Calum Baird
“Originally from Falkirk, Calum Baird is a singer-songwriter and professional live musician based in Edinburgh. With four years of experience of playing venues from Aberdeen, to London, across to Ireland and the European continent, Calum has received praise, admiration and recognition along the way. He writes and sings his own particular style of folky-blues formed from tales of love and woe, heartfelt political commentaries and social observations.”

Jason Brand
“A young singer songwriter from Fife, Jason is an upcoming talent to watch out for!”

Aaron Wright
“A 23 year old singer songwriter from Edinburgh has developed a reputation as an excellent and charismatic artist and has demonstrated his ability to satisfy the crowds all over the UK.”

Ruth Gillies
“Ruth Gillies is a young singer-songwriter from the Highlands of Scotland who is currently studying composition on Edinburgh Napier esteemed BA(Hons) Popular Music course. Her music leans heavily towards folk but there are obvious influences from country, pop and rock.”


Sessions throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday

Ruth Kirkpatrick and Claire McNicol will be telling stories from the life of  Mary Queen of Scots from her coronation as a tiny baby to her daring escape from imprisonment on Loch Leven.  The audience will have a chance to take part in one of Mary’s favourite courtly dances and they will hear the story of how a ring inscribed with a lion and a mouse brought Mary hope of escape from Loch Leven.