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Previously Festival Shines Light On History

3rd Nov 2014
Previously Festival Shines Light On History

But in reality our family histories will be of far more modest and humble origins – but ones which are equally important and notable.

In fact, the true stories of our ancestors are vitally important in putting together the pieces of a jigsaw depicting real life.

“We proudly called ourselves Glaswegians since the dawn of time and discovered no, we are not,” says Susan Morrison, director of Scotland’s history festival, Previously, who recently conducted research into her own family tree.

“If you’re called Morrison you must come from Lewis at some stage, then we went to Edinburgh.

“The earliest Morrison we can trace had to flee Lewis because she was pregnant out of wedlock.

“Whoever that tough little bird was came here to Edinburgh and lived on Candlemaker Row. Not only was she pregnant out of wedlock, but she was just 17 years old.”

Tracing your family tree is just one of the many fascinating activities you can take part in during this year’s Previously history festival.

Now in its fourth year, the festival kicks off on November 13 to coincide with Robert Louis Stevenson Day, and runs until St Andrew’s Day on November 30.

It is a history lover’s dream – with 140 events covering 5000 years ranging from guided walks and author talks to exploring underground chambers and a historical cycling tour.

Historian Sir Tom Devine, comedian Frankie Boyle and musician Eddi Reader will all appear at the festival, while Robert Louis Stevenson fan actor Nigel Planer and author Louise Welsh will host an evening session at the festival’s launch.

History lovers will love the opportunity to venture into Blair Street  Underground Vaults with Mercat, and the subterranean chambers, deemed an archaeological mystery, at Gilmerton Cove.

To hear from Susan and the Previously History Festival click through and enjoy here...

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