Central Library, 23 January 2020 at 7:00 pm
A lecture on the Scots community in Poland, and on the successful merchant Robert Porteous, accompanied by a selection of piano music.
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Robert Porteous/Portius was a Scottish merchant who made his fortune in south-east Poland as an importer of Hungarian Tokaji wine. The SPCA invites you to hear the story of The Scottish Community in Poland in History and Memory – the many Scots who emigrated to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, including this international entrepreneur – in a lecture by Dr David Worthington. Taking place in the beautiful Reference Library of Edinburgh Central Library, the lecture is accompanied by a medley of piano music played by Dr John Patrick Willmett.
The event will also open a small exhibition, Robert Porteous de Lanxeth: Burgher, Merchant and benefactor of Krosno – an exhibition on the 400th anniversary of the Scotsman’s arrival in Poland which was created by scholars from Krosno State College, the Jagiellonian University and the University of the Highlands and Islands, and developed through the financial support of Krosno State College. Previously displayed in Inverness, Perth and Aberdeen, the exhibition will be on display for the following week in the Central Library.
Organised by the Scottish Polish Cultural Association with funding from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh, in association with:
-University of the Highlands and Islands/Oilthigh na Gàidhealtachd agus nan Eilean
-Krosno State College/Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa w Krośnie
-Jagiellonian University, Kraków/Uniwersytet Jagielloński