Antiquary speaker gets away with murder

Forbes Inglis could be described as an expert in murder.

Having previously described murders in an around Montrose, on Tuesday evening he regaled members and friends of Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society with tales of two 18th century slayings, in Forfar and Brechin.

The AGM followed and chairman Duncan Macdonald reported on a successful year which saw the return of the Society to its ‘ancestral home’ at Montrose Museum for a series of well attended meetings.

The same office bearers and committee were re-elected with the addition of David Dunkley as treasurer, a post which had been vacant for the past year.

Speakers for the coming season were announced. Dr Richard Fawcett will address the first meeting on September 11. His talk will be ‘New Life for Scottish Castles’. He has published widely on architectural history, but much of his career has been spent as Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Historic Scotland, giving him an insight into all forms of architecture in Scotland’s past.

Later in the year Dr Caroline Wilkinson of Dundee University will give a talk. She is a forensic anthropologist and has appeared frequently on television, working on the reconstruction of faces from human remains for archaeological and police investigations - bringing ancient victims back to life in a sense.

There will also be talks on a number of varied subjects, such as Ken Neil on saving Tayside’s red squirrels; Iain McIntosh on the History of Freemasonry in Montrose; David Strachan on the ancient logboat which was found at Carpow on the Tay; Rhona Rodger on whaling out of Montrose in past centuries, and other interesting topics. Meetings will be held at Montrose Museum on the evening of the second Tuesday of the month from September to April.