School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Building the Scottish Diaspora: International symposium

Schedule of Papers

09.00 Welcome/Introduction: Alex Bremner, University of Edinburgh

Building Jerusalem at Botany Bay: James Barnet and John Grant

  • Mark Stiles (University of Technology, Sydney)

Scottish Finance and the Development of the Built Environment in Colonial Australia

  • Bernard Mees (RMIT, Melbourne)


11.00-11.30 Tea/Coffee 


Scots, Networks and Building in Van Diemen’s Land

  • Stuart King (University of Tasmania, Launceston)

Thomas Learmonth and Sons: Family Capitalism and the Pastoral Origins of Victoria’s Built Environment

  • Harriet Edquist (RMIT, Melbourne)


13.00-13.45 Lunch 


An English Country House in Calcutta: the Government House, Architect Robert Adam and Statesman John Adam

  • Sydney Ayres (University of Edinburgh)

Scottish Architects and India’s Built Environment: John Begg and George Wittet

  • Sarah Longair (University of Lincoln)

15.15-15.45 Tea/Coffee 


Scottish Diaspora: the George Town, Maryland Question

  • Eve Barsoum (US Commission of Fine Arts, Washington DC)

Response 1: The Wider World and Scottish Architectural History

  •  John Lowrey (University of Edinburgh)

Response 2: Scottish Architectural Agency in a Global Context

  • Andrew Leach (University of Sydney)


More information can be found at the Building the Scottish Diaspora website,

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Nov 17 2017 -

Building the Scottish Diaspora: International symposium

This symposium will consider the nature of Scotland’s contribution to this environment, and ask how we might understand it in a geographically continuous and expansive capacity. (Published 3 November, 2017)

Old Board Room, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF