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07 January 2011
Plans announced for 400th anniversary Sir Thomas Urquhart conference

Details are announced this week of a conference to be held in April to mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of Sir Thomas Urquhart. The Episcopalian Laird of Cromarty fought on the Royalist side in the Covenanting Wars of the 17th century in support of Charles II against Oliver Cromwell╩╝s Puritan army.

An eccentric genius who traced his ancestry back to Adam and Eve, Urquhart published books on mathematics, biography and the principles of a Universal Language. He also produced a particularly bawdy translation of the works of the French writer Francois Rabelais.

Cromarty Arts Trust will be contributing to the community celebrations with an academic conference on Sir Thomas╩╝ life and times on April 15th and 16th at The Stables in Cromarty. A very distinguished international cast of speakers — historians, experts on translation and Universal Languages, Rabelais scholars, etc., will be delivering short papers at the conference, which is expected to attract a large number of academics and students, local people from the Black Isle, as well as members of the Clan Urquhart Society — many from overseas.

Full details of the conference can be found at the website. For further information please contact conference organiser Sandy Thomson on 01381-600708