The Friends of Duff House present a series of talks on Thursday afternoons; held in the Long Gallery with lift access. Timed to allow a delicious light lunch in the tea room and/or afternoon tea afterwards!

All talks are from 2pm to 3pm.

Included in the Duff House admission price, or £4.40 for talk only (tickets available from the shop at Duff House).

9 February

Scotland’s Still Light – a photographer’s perspective on landscape and literature by Andy Hall. A partnership of photography and poetic language with the feeling of being solitary within a landscape. The words of highly-esteemed Scottish writers are vividly brought to life by the photography. 

16 February

Acanthus & Anthemiom as sources of decoration by Charles Burnett. Both these plants are found in the classical world and the presentation shows how they have both been adapted and stylised to form important elements in architecture and interior design. Duff House contains several examples of their use.

23 February

Henrietta Tayler by Maggie Craig, a local author. Henrietta (1869 to 1951) was a most remarkable woman with a most interesting life, visiting Duff House as part of the Duff family and with her brother Alistair wrote many books on the Duff family and the Jacobite risings. Maggie has a most readable writing style, and we look forward to a talking style to match!

2 March

The Deskford Carnyx by Dr Fraser Hunter, specialist in Iron Age, Roman and Early History at the National Museum of Scotland will shed light on this intriguing aspect of Banffshire’s history. See the real thing in the current exhibition at Duff House (ends 26th Feb).

9 March

The making of a Scottish Landscape by John Barrett (well known locally from his Knock News articles). John describes the agricultural improvements which swept through Scotland in the later 18th century; lochs drained, bogs reclaimed, fields re-planned, new crops, new tools and methods.

16 March

Cullykhan and Fort Fiddes. Alex McKay tells of this promontory fort a few miles east of Macduff; first settlement 200 to 300 BC, a Norman tower house and a fort during the Jacobite risings. It had an archaeological dig in the late 1960s now being written into a book.

23 March

Heraldry and Sea. Charles Burnett gives us background and detail on some ships’ flags and badges, and the coats of arms devised for some of our country’s finest sailors.