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The French to the Rescue

Tuesday 19 October 2010 18:00-20:00

Institut français d’Ecosse

13 Randolph Crescent

Dr. Caldwell will give an entertaining talk on ’The French to the rescue - Scotland 1548-1560’. When the English invaded Scotland in 1547, intent on forcing the marriage of the young Mary Queen of Scots to their king, Edward VI, they clearly did not take into account the probability that France would offer support to her old ally. That she did, sending an expeditionary force that forced the English out. Both sides erected state of the art trace italienne fortifications, some of which survive to this day, and relied heavily on guns and ships. It is interesting to reflect that their Scottish experience at this time may have influenced both France and England as they developed into colonial powers.

Dr David H Caldwell is Keeper of Scotland and Europe in National Museums Scotland. He trained as an archaeologist and undertook a study of the early use of guns in Scotland for his doctorate. In the 1980s he directed excavations at the trace italienne fort at Eyemouth in Berwickshire, occupied successively in the mid 16th century by the English and the French.

Organised by the Franco-Scottish Business Club (FSBC) Sponsored by Rider-French

FSBC members: £10.00 / Non-members: £15.00

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