School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Arbuthnott Lectures

This lecture is an annual event hosted by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, and funded by the Justin Arbuthnott Trust.

 The Justin Arbuthnott Trust was founded by friends and family of Justin Arbuthnott, an Edinburgh University History student who was drowned along with three friends one night in July 1989 when their boat capsized off the coast near County Donegal in Ireland. It provides a postgraduate scholarship each year and this lecture, both of which are designed to promote the better understanding of Ireland and various complex relationships which link Ireland and and various complex relationships which link Ireland and Britain. 

The most recent Arbuthnott Lecture  was delivered by Professor Diarmaid Ferriter MRIA (University College Dublin). This event was postponed from 28 November, 2019.


The 2018 Arbuthnott Lecture was given by Adrian O'Neill, Ireland's Ambassador to the UK, on 14 November 2018.


In 2017 the Lecture was given by Professor Mary E. Daly on 'Independence and sovereignty - rhetoric and reality; the Irish story'.


The 2013 Lecture was delivered by Professor Tom Bartlett on 'The Irish at war - and some of their historians'.


More on the Justin Arbuthnott PhD Scholarship in Modern Irish History