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  • Nancy Mayer
    Nancy Mayer http://www.susannaives.com/nancyregencyresearcher/ ... From: Robinson, Charles Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 8:07 PM Subject: BYRON
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      Nancy Mayer
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Robinson, Charles
      Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 8:07 PM
      Subject: BYRON SOCIETIES--The Scottish Byron Society

      Geoffrey Bond has sent this on to you through my distribution list.

      Charles E. Robinson


      21 October 2008


      "The first meeting of the new Scottish Byron Society took place in the

      historic St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh on Thursday, 16th October when the

      Inaugural Lecture was given by Professor Sir Drummond Bone to an

      audience of some 50 people, distinguished academics from the

      Universities of Edinburgh, Dundee, St Andrews, Glasgow and Nottingham.

      Sir Drummond referred to Byron's strong Scottish antecedents and why it

      was so important that the new Society was created and for many, long


      Geoffrey Bond, Chairman of the new Society said that he had the idea of

      forming the same because of his recent association with the John Murray

      Archive at the National Library of Scotland where he has sat on a

      Working Group, Chaired by Janet Balfour (Lady Balfour of Burleigh)

      established to raise funds to secure the world-important Collections for

      the Library. He said he remembers well the requests over recent years

      from the late Elma Dangerfield and the late Maureen Crisp that efforts

      should be made to create a Society for Scotland and this has now been

      achieved. At the meeting Geoffrey said how much he appreciated the

      Committee which has worked together to establish the Society, the

      Committee comprising Eric Wishart well known in Edinburgh literary

      circles and a frequent attendee at International Byron Conferences, Dr

      Jane Stabler and Dr Gavin Hopps both passionate Byronists and academics

      at the University of St Andrews and Dr Zsuzsanna Varga who is a literary

      academic and based in Edinburgh and who is the Director of the Society.

      A new member of the Committee is ex officio David McClay, Senior Curator

      of the John Murray Archive at the National Library of Scotland.

      The Society although based in Edinburgh, intends to have events in other

      cities in Scotland such as Glasgow, Dundee, St Andrews and Aberdeen and

      will work also with students at the University of Edinburgh. Geoffrey

      said that he and his Committee are most anxious to work with other

      British and world Byron Societies in promoting Byron and his ideas.

      The Society has established a new Travel Scholarship to be awarded

      annually to a student studying Romanticism at a Scottish University and

      the award is expected to be in the region of £400. The Society will

      also work closely with the John Murray Archive at the National Library

      of Scotland where the Committee see many potential interesting

      initiatives for the academic world and also for outreach work in the


      Membership is welcome from anyone around the world and if you require

      details please email the Chairman Geoffrey Bond on

      consultancy@... who will be very pleased to hear from


      Geoffrey C Bond

      The Geoffrey Bond Consultancy

      Phone +44 (0) 1636816855

      Fax +44 (0) 1636816844



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