Textual Collaborations and National Identities: Thomas Pennant and C18th Travel

Glasgow, September 8th 2023


Coffee and Welcome (9.45 am)
Session 1: (10am- 11.20am)

Opening lecture by Professor Murray Pittock (Glasgow): ‘Vacant Spaces: British policy and the landscapes of memory after Culloden’.
Nigel Leask (Glasgow): ‘Pennant and the Scottish Enlightenment: The Beinecke Copy of Tour in Scotland 1772’.
Alex Deans (Glasgow): ‘I never met with a finer field for the Zoologist to range in’: preliminary reflections on natural history and editing Pennant’s Tour in Scotland 1769’.

Break (11.20am)

Session 2: (11.40 – 1pm).
Alan Montgomery (Independent Scholar): ‘In the midst of Classical ground”: Thomas Pennant’s Encounters with Roman Scotland’.
Colm Murray (Independent Scholar): ‘Captain Sir William Smith: evidence for a Scottish Sojourn with Cordiner, & Irish military journeys’.
Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, UHI) ‘Pennant, Johnson, Boswell, and the Hebrideans’.

Buffet lunch in the building (1-2pm).

Session 3: (2 pm- 3.30pm)
Lisa Cardy (NHM) & Luca Guariento (Glasgow): ’Crowdsourcing and tagging Thomas Pennant’s Extra Illustrated Tours of Wales and Scotland’.
Edwin Rose (Cambridge/NHM) ‘Thomas Pennant and the Practice of Natural History’.
Elizabeth Edwards (CAWCS) ‘The limits of the antient’: Thomas Pennant’s Chester and his Tours in Wales.

Break (3.30pm)

Session 4 (3.50pm-5.30pm)
Rhys Kaminski-Jones (University of Wales): ‘Doctor Druid and the “Druids of India”’.
Stephanie Holt (NHM): ‘Gilbert White’s Gibraltar and Pennant’s ‘Outlines of the Globe’.
Finola O’Kane (UCD) & M-A Constantine (CAWCS): ‘Pennant’s Irish Tour Notebooks of 1754’.

For more information contact: curioustravellers2023@glasgow.ac.uk

5.30 pm: Wine Reception, with C18th Scottish fiddle and cello music performed by Claudia Edwards & Joanna Stark