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15 April 2011
Sir Thomas Urquhart conference opens in the Stables

David Alston introduces proceedings at the weekend conference to mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of Cromarty's 'other' claim to fame: Sir Thomas Urquhart.

Academics, clerics and interested participants will discuss Sir Thomas' legacy as a Civil War soldier in the Royalist cause, mathematician, genealogist, would-be inventor of a universal language and translator of Rabelais.

The first session of the morning, led by the Right Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness (centre) looked at 'Episcopalians and Royalists in the North of Scotland'.

The conference continues until Sunday with further sessions, reception in the newly-refurbished East Church, a walking tour of Cromarty and cruise on the Cromarty Queen. See full details on the conference website.  

Photo by Caroline Hewat