Mearns History Group

Meetings are held in the Fairweather Hall, Barrhead Road, G77 6BB at 7.30pm.



3rd  September     “Flora McDonald”

Her claim to fame is a brief encounter with the Bonnie Prince as poetically immortalised in the Skye Boat Son but there is more to Flora McDonald than you might think.

Barbara Graham

1st October     “From von Braun to the Moon Landings”

War criminal or engineering genius? We hear about the scientists who developed the V1 and V2 rockets in Nazi Germany and who made their way to the USA to form the basis of the American space programme.

Colin Barbour

5th November     “Cunard, the Clyde and the QE2”

On the 50th anniversary of the launching of the QE2 local author Ian Johnston returns to MHG to reacquaint us with the glory that was Clyde shipbuilding.

Ian Johnston

19th November     Film Night:”The Battle of the Sexes”  (1959)

**Members only**

In this comedy Peter Sellers plays a mild-mannered accountant in the House of McPherson in Edinburgh. When polite attempts fail to halt a restructure by an efficiency expert Sellers decides to do away with her.

3rd December     “Morrison, Waldon, McKelvie and a Bridie”

Author of many books and articles on the theatre, MHG member Graeme Smith gives us the lowdown on the Citizens Theatre, formerly The Royal Princess’s Theatre started in 1878.

Graeme Smith


7th January    “Robert Burns and the Suffragettes: Bicycles and Bombs”

The background, characters and motivations in the attempts by Suffragettes to blow up Burns Cottage in 1919.

Melvin Gibson

21st January     Film Night : “Sunshine on Leith”  (2013)

**Members only**

To cheer us up in the cold mid-winter this glorious feel-good film of the year stars the music of The Proclaimers.

4th February     “War and Diplomacy on Rome’s Northern Frontier”

Acclaimed TV presenter and premier expert on the Romans in Scotland, Fraser Hunter tells us all we need to know.

Dr Fraser Hunter

3rd March     “Scotland’s Lost Villages”

From abandoned mining villages to seaside communities destroyed by wind-blown sand, Dane Love takes us on a tour of some of Scotland’s lost villages.

Dane Love

17th March     Film Night :  “Madeleine” (1950)

**Members only**

David Lean directs this true story of a Glasgow woman accused of murdering her lover in 1857. A worthy follow up to Joy Blair’s MHG talk on the same subject.

7th April    “Dams to Darnley Country Park and Industrial Heritage”

To prepare us for a summer visit perhaps, Joe shares his passion for and knowledge of the Park – habitat, animals and industrial history.

Joe Connelly

This meeting will be preceded by the AGM.

** Please note that due to licensing restrictions Film Nights have to be restricted to members only.**