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Ross Sutherland and the Scottish Wars of Independence (1296 - 1357)


Talk: Ross, Sutherland and the Scottish Wars of Independence (1296-1357)

Location: Collegiate Church

Date: Sunday 25th September

Time: 11am – 12pm

Price: £5

The Highlands are often omitted from much of the history of the Scottish Wars of Independence, in large part because it is often seen as a border conflict. But this is an oversimplification. The north was, at various times, a battleground for forces of both sides. Northern forces provided notable contributions to campaigns ought elsewhere in Scotland, and further afield. And popular views of the war also tend to focus particularly on its first phase under Wallace and Bruce (1296-1328), but little understanding exists of that which followed (1332-1357), and the importance of the north to this conflict. This talk will, then, look to address some of these issues. By focusing in particular on Ross and Sutherland, it will consider two important medieval earldoms, their lords, and their people, and analyse their involvement in the conflict, as well as the impact of the war on this region and its people.

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The City Jazz Quartet


Location: Collegiate Church

Date: Sunday 25th September

Time: 7pm

Price: £10 including a glass of fizz

The City Jazz Quartet is an Inverness-based quartet comprising trombone, clarinet/sax, guitar and bass. They play standards and mainstream jazz. Brian Keddie (trombone) has played extensively throughout the UK in various line-ups, along with Brian Kellock, Kenny Ellis, the late Bill Kyle, guitarist Dave Cliff, various American musicians on tour and singer Tam White for whom he also did arrangements. Colin Smith (double bass) is in regular demand for gigs and sessions. He is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s finest bass players and has played with many visiting American jazz stars. Mike MacKenzie (clarinet and saxes) Has played extensively in the North over a number of years on the Trad music scene. He is highly regarded as a multi instrumentalist and is regularly called for jazz gigs. Roger Niven (guitar) plays a wide variety of styles. His jazz EP, ‘Circus FM”, featuring some of the UK’s foremost session players, received critical acclaim. In 2016 he made a blues album in New Orleans.

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