Saturday 4th October 2014

Somerled & the Battle of Renfrew

Image Copyright Denis Rixon.  Used with Permission

Image Copyright Denis Rixson. Used with Permission

The Forum is hosting the conference in Renfrew Town Hall to mark the 850th anniversary of the Battle of Renfrew.   In 1164 Somerled, Thane of the Isles, with a fleet of 150 ships from the Western Isles and Dublin sailed up the Clyde and landed near Renfrew. In the ensuing battle, Somerled and many of his supporters met their death. 

This should be an exciting conference, especially for the people of Renfrew. You do not need to be a member of a history organisation to attend.  We especially welcome local people with an interest in Renfrew’s rich history as well as academics and historians. 

The speakers at the conference are 

Prof. Ted Cowan (University of Glasgow)

Denis Rixson (Historian and Author)

Dr Alex Woolf (University of St. Andrews)

Dr David Caldwell (past Keeper at the National Museum of Scotland)

Derek Alexander (National Trust for Scotland)  

Alan Steel (Local Historian)

The conference will be chaired by Derek Alexander.

We hope that the conference will revive interest in this neglected aspect of the rich history and heritage of Renfrew.  

Please download the application leaflet for full details:

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