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Ian MacDougall Memorial Lecture

The 2024 Ian MacDougall Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday 4th April 2024 at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Caroline Milligan of the European Ethnological Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh will give a keynote talk on the bringing to publication of Ian MacDougall’s interviews with and research on Peeblesshire Textile Workers. The book will be available at the event.

Following Caroline's talk, The Mills of Tweeddale Project will give a presentation on their current oral history recording and research project being run by Peebles Civic Society with the Innerleithen Community Trust and the Walkerburn Community Development Trust.


Thank you to the Franco-Scottish Society of Scotland

The Society has given us a grant sufficient to cover the editing of Ian's interview transcripts for online publication. The grant will also provide for a copy to be lodged with La Maison des Johnnies in Roscoff, Britanny.

As the result of the interest created by the continued publicizing of Ian MacDougall’s research on French Onion Johnnies, we were delighted that publisher Birlinn Ltd. reprinted the book in June 2023, published this time as: ONION JOHNNIES Recollections of Seasonal French Onion Sellers in Scotland.

  • Oh! Ye had to be careful

    Oh! Ye had to be careful

    Oh! Ye had to be careful (Tuckwell Press, 2000) is the edited recollections of eleven veteran workers employed between the Read More
  • Bondagers


    Bondagers (Tuckwell Press, 2001) presented the recollections of eight women who had worked as bondagers on the farms of south-east Read More
  • Voices of Leith Dockers

    Voices of Leith Dockers

    Voices of Leith Dockers: Personal Recollections of Working Lives was published for the Trust by Mercat Press in 2001. It Read More
  • Onion Johnnies

    Onion Johnnies

    Onion Johnnies (Tuckwell Press, 2002) contains the recollections of nine French Onion Johnnies (one of them a woman) who worked Read More
  • Miners' Association Minutes 1894-1918

    Miners' Association Minutes 1894-1918

    Mid and East Lothian Miners' Association Minutes, 1894-1918 were published by the Trust in 2004 in association with the Scottish Read More
  • Through the Mill

    Through the Mill

    Through the Mill: personal recollections by veteran men and women papermill workers in Penicuik and Auchendinny. Compiled and edited by Read More
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