Homecoming date for historian

Eminent historian Tom Devine is to speak at a key event in the Year of Homecoming celebrations.

Detail of windows on the Scottish Parliament building

Professor Devine, the Sir William Fraser Chair of Scottish History and Palaeography at Edinburgh, will deliver the keynote address at the Scottish Diaspora Forum.

The event will be held at the Scottish Parliament on 25 July.

The Forum will look at Scotland’s richest export over the years - its people - and how the past influence of Scots around the globe can work for the future benefit of this country.

Inspiring debate

The Forum aims to inspire debate on the economic, intellectual, social and cultural capital of Scots around the globe.

The event hopes to engage and influence government, business and others to support and develop both short and long term relationships and initiatives.

Prof Devine’s speech ‘Scots - A Global Diaspora’ will be followed by a panel debate.

Panel discussion

In the second session of the Forum, how to make this vision work will be pitched by five Scots to a panel of ‘Dragons’.

Putting their plans forward in the Dragons’ Glen will be five guests.

  • Broadcaster and journalist James Naughtie
  • Historian and author Professor Jim Hunter
  • CEO Walter Scott Investments Alan MacFarlane
  • President of Illinois St Andrews Society Gus Noble
  • Journalist and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch.

Considering these plans will be:

  • Former Presiding Officer George Reid
  • MD of Eat Super Ltd Fraser Docherty
  • Journalist Joyce McMillan
  • Entrepreneur Bill Gordon


Free tickets for the Scottish Diaspora Forum are available from the Scottish Diaspora Forum website.