Walter Scott and the Border Ballads – The Innerpeffray Lecture 2017

October 30, 2017 by Perthshire Creates

It’s a combination of Music, Tales and Tradition for the 2017 Innerpeffray Lecture, ‘Walter Scott and the Border Ballads’, which will be given by Dr Margaret Bennett on Thursday 9 November at Madderty Hall.

This year’s event will also welcome musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Aidan Moodie and Cameron Nixon, who will be inviting you to share in songs and stories that have travelled far beyond the Scottish Borders, where they were first collected by Sir Walter Scott.  Join Wattie and his friends on their quest for the ballads, as they share anecdotes, historical tales, humour and hilarity, along with songs and tunes.

Dr Bennett is a folklorist, writer, singer and broadcaster. A prize-winning author who has written ten books, contributed to over 40 others, featured on media productions and several musical collaborations with her son, Martyn Bennett (1971–2005).  As a recipient of previous awards for contributions to literature, folklore and culture, she recently received an Honorary Doctorate of Music (Glasgow, 2010), ‘Le Prix du Québec’ (for contributions to Quebec cultural studies, 2011) and was made an Honorary Professor of the Royal Scottish Academy in 2012.  She now teaches part-time at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is widely regarded as ‘Scotland’s foremost folklorist’.

The subject of this year’s lecture marks the arrival at Innerpeffray of the works of Scott in first edition, the gift of Janet Saint Germain.

Everyone welcome at this very special evening to mark the contribution of Scott to the collection of the traditional music of Scotland, and to raise funds for Scotland’s first lending library.

The doors open at 7pm for wine and nibbles, and the talk commences at 7.30pm at Madderty Hall, near Crieff, PH7 3PJ.

Tickets are priced £15 and can be booked by telephone – 01764 652819, or contact the Innerpeffray Library, near Crieff , OH7 3RF for a booking form.


Photo shows Dr Margaret Bennett with Aidan Moodie and Cameron Nixon at the Netherbow Theatre earlier this year.