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Annual Whitelaw Reid Memorial Lecture this...

25 March 2014

Join us for the third annual Whitelaw Reid Memorial Lecture, which will be held in the Presbyterian Assembly Buildings, Fisherwick Place, Belfast this Thursday (27th March 2014).

The Whitelaw Reid Memorial Lecture commemorates the life of Whitelaw Reid, a Scotch-Irish journalist, politician and diplomat who edited the New York Tribune before becoming a candidate for the Vice-Presidency of the United States and then the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom.  The lecture takes place in the Presbyterian Assembly Buildings, Belfast, where in 1912 Whitelaw Reid delivered a famous lecture entitled “The Scot in America and the Ulster-Scot”.


This year’s lecture, entitled “The Ulster-Scots and the Second American War of Independence, 1812-1815” will be delivered by Dr John McCavitt.  Dr McCavitt is a noted authority on the period, who has authored numerous publications and lectured extensively on both sides of the Atlantic; he is also a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Ulster-Scots Academy.


Dr McCavitt will provide a fascinating insight to the role played by Ulster-Scots in events such as the Battle of Baltimore, the burning of the White House and the Battle of New Orleans, which made Andrew Jackson an American national hero.


The evening will commence with light refreshments from 7.00pm, followed by Dr McCavitt’s lecture at 7.30pm.


Entry to this event is free and everyone is welcome.


If you would like to attend please register for the lecture by emailing, telephone (028) 9023 1113 (ask for Catriona or Gillian).