The Festival together with an exhibition to commemorate the life of the philosopher was officially opened in September by the Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh.
The following day a fine and exceptionally well attended talk was delivered by the acclaimed Scotus’ authority Professor Alexander Broadie and attended by the Moderator of the Church of Scotland.
The Festival closed in November with a mass by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh.
In between all sorts of different events including a highly acclaimed performance by Duns Players of a play especially written for the occasion entitled ‘You Dunce?’, also the showing of an award winning film on Duns Scotus, concerts in the Parish Church and in the Episcopal Church, two historic walks and a textile workshop.
The highlight of the Festival probably a Study Day at which six distinguished speakers including from the United States, Germany and Belgium as well as from Great Britain delivered papers.
The Society was also very much involved directly in hosting two talks, one by Professor J.L.H Thomas on the Portraiture of Duns Scotus, and the second by Dr. D.H. Caldwell looking at life in Berwickshire during Scotus’ lifetime
There are currently proposals to hold an annual event to mark Scotus’ life or commemorate in some other wayFor a report on a talk delivered to the Society on Duns Scotus by the late Father Henry see.”
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Ask anyone who invented television and the answer will inevitably be John Logie Baird. However at the first meeting of our new session our speaker, Dr. Paul Watson from Lincolnshire, who has been carrying out sponsored research into the matter, propounded the theory very persuasively that the honour must go not to Baird but to local man Alan Archibald Campbell-Swinton. It has to be conceded that nowadays few have even heard of Campbell-Swinton but now surely time to promote the case.For further information see