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What is your family background? - Tony Pollard
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Inverness
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INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Tony Pollard
SOURCE
Am Baile
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41003
KEYWORDS
conferences
emigration
lecturers
audio
audios
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As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad.

Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Dr Tony Pollard answers the question:

'What is your family background?'

'I don't really know much about my family history; I got my grandfather, who's still with us and in his mid-nineties now, to write down his side of the story which he did, some years ago now and it went back to, on that side of the family, which is very English, to the late nineteenth century. And I think my great-great grandfather, or my great-great-great grandfather was a soldier on the Western Front in India, and my great-great grandmother was born in Rawalpindi. So I, somewhere I have a connection to India, in a, in a way.

The other side of my family is predominantly Irish and I don't know much about them at all; both my grandparents on that side are no longer with us. I was born in the north of England, in a place called Macclesfield which - Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed there on his way down to Derby - and I moved up to Oban as a eleven or twelve year old in 1978, '79, largely because my Dad, who's a bit of an obsessive, had fallen in love with the film, 'Ring of Bright Water', so Gavin Maxwell has had a lot to answer for. So we moved up to Oban and he had us, he had us - it was like slave labour - my and my brothers building a huge dam at the bottom of the garden to dam the burn with breezeblocks so that he could keep otters, and it burst, cos he's no engineer, and it burst, and after creating a huge lake, and almost swept his greenhouses away from his market garden. Never had an otter in it; we saw an otter swim down the burn one day but I think it went straight through the hole in the dam and out the other side.

And I took my, I took my wife back there last Christmas - we actually stayed in the cottage which is at the end of the glen where I'd lived, where they filmed, what was supposed to be Camusfearna in 'Ring of Bright Water' and it's now a holiday let, beautiful little place - so I took my wife around all my old stomping grounds as a kid. Went to school at Oban High School, then went to Glasgow University. My family since moved away from Oban to the Lake District. So, I'm the last, I'm the last of the Scottish line, so to speak, and don't intend to change that. I can't, I really can't imagine living in England. It sounds ridiculous but I just - the more I go overseas, which is a lot, the more I thoroughly appreciate where I live. And what I will probably do actually - and my wife is very keen to do so as well, and she's Irish, Irish-English, but both her parents are very Irish, but they moved to Manchester in the fifties - is probably move up north; we'll probably repeat what my Dad did. We're thinking about looking for property now so, so we'll probably end up, job dependant, move up north ourselves. So there you have it.'


BIOGRAPHY

Dr Tony Pollard is a leading battlefield archaeologist and Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at the University of Glasgow. He is a senior lecturer and convener of the MLitt course in Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology. He was co-presenter of the BBC television series 'Two Men in a Trench', which brought battlefield archaeology to a worldwide audience. He has carried out battlefield projects in the UK, Africa and South America and has directed several seasons of fieldwork at Culloden, the results of which did much to inform the recently opened Visitor Centre and revised battlefield interpretation. Tony has also carried out projects on the Jacobite battlefields at Killiecrankie and Prestonpans and the siege site at Fort William.

Tony is co-editor of the Journal of Conflict Archaeology and has written widely on archaeology and history for both academic and popular audiences. His most recent publications include the forthcoming 'Culloden: The History and Archaeology of the Last Clan Battle' (Pen and Sword) and his first novel, 'The Minutes of the Lazarus Club' (Penguin 2008).

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What is your family background? - Tony Pollard

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

conferences; emigration; lecturers; audio; audios; familybackground;

Am Baile

Scotland's Global Impact

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad. <br /> <br /> Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Dr Tony Pollard answers the question:<br /> <br /> 'What is your family background?'<br /> <br /> 'I don't really know much about my family history; I got my grandfather, who's still with us and in his mid-nineties now, to write down his side of the story which he did, some years ago now and it went back to, on that side of the family, which is very English, to the late nineteenth century. And I think my great-great grandfather, or my great-great-great grandfather was a soldier on the Western Front in India, and my great-great grandmother was born in Rawalpindi. So I, somewhere I have a connection to India, in a, in a way.<br /> <br /> The other side of my family is predominantly Irish and I don't know much about them at all; both my grandparents on that side are no longer with us. I was born in the north of England, in a place called Macclesfield which - Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed there on his way down to Derby - and I moved up to Oban as a eleven or twelve year old in 1978, '79, largely because my Dad, who's a bit of an obsessive, had fallen in love with the film, 'Ring of Bright Water', so Gavin Maxwell has had a lot to answer for. So we moved up to Oban and he had us, he had us - it was like slave labour - my and my brothers building a huge dam at the bottom of the garden to dam the burn with breezeblocks so that he could keep otters, and it burst, cos he's no engineer, and it burst, and after creating a huge lake, and almost swept his greenhouses away from his market garden. Never had an otter in it; we saw an otter swim down the burn one day but I think it went straight through the hole in the dam and out the other side. <br /> <br /> And I took my, I took my wife back there last Christmas - we actually stayed in the cottage which is at the end of the glen where I'd lived, where they filmed, what was supposed to be Camusfearna in 'Ring of Bright Water' and it's now a holiday let, beautiful little place - so I took my wife around all my old stomping grounds as a kid. Went to school at Oban High School, then went to Glasgow University. My family since moved away from Oban to the Lake District. So, I'm the last, I'm the last of the Scottish line, so to speak, and don't intend to change that. I can't, I really can't imagine living in England. It sounds ridiculous but I just - the more I go overseas, which is a lot, the more I thoroughly appreciate where I live. And what I will probably do actually - and my wife is very keen to do so as well, and she's Irish, Irish-English, but both her parents are very Irish, but they moved to Manchester in the fifties - is probably move up north; we'll probably repeat what my Dad did. We're thinking about looking for property now so, so we'll probably end up, job dependant, move up north ourselves. So there you have it.'<br /> <br /> <br /> BIOGRAPHY<br /> <br /> Dr Tony Pollard is a leading battlefield archaeologist and Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at the University of Glasgow. He is a senior lecturer and convener of the MLitt course in Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology. He was co-presenter of the BBC television series 'Two Men in a Trench', which brought battlefield archaeology to a worldwide audience. He has carried out battlefield projects in the UK, Africa and South America and has directed several seasons of fieldwork at Culloden, the results of which did much to inform the recently opened Visitor Centre and revised battlefield interpretation. Tony has also carried out projects on the Jacobite battlefields at Killiecrankie and Prestonpans and the siege site at Fort William. <br /> <br /> Tony is co-editor of the Journal of Conflict Archaeology and has written widely on archaeology and history for both academic and popular audiences. His most recent publications include the forthcoming 'Culloden: The History and Archaeology of the Last Clan Battle' (Pen and Sword) and his first novel, 'The Minutes of the Lazarus Club' (Penguin 2008).