The Society holds an annual lecture on a topic associated with James MacLaren's work, his influences and those he influenced. A summary of the speakers and their talks are given here.

In 2014 Annette Carruthers of St Andrews Universtiy talked on the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland, drawing on her recent book published by Yale University Press.

In 2013 Dr Elizabeth Cumming gave a fascinating illustrated talk on Arts and Crafts design in Scotland "Tradition and Modernity" showing how those two were combined creatively. See Vol 12 of the Journal

The 2012 Annual Lecture and AGM of the James M Maclaren Society was held on Friday 11th May 2012 at 7.00pm in Aberfeldy Town Hall, itself a MacLaren building. The speaker was Dr Lindsay Lennie, the leading Scottish expert on historic shop conservation whose book on Historic Shopfronts is published by Historic Scotland. Some of Aberfeldy's shop fronts were built by John Macnaughton who built many of MacLaren's buildings - see Journal 9

2011: Malcolm Appleby
Members enjoyed an evening with Malcolm Appleby, local silversmith with an international reputation, who demonstrated his craft and talked on topics suggested by the audience. His work follows on from the arts and crafts tradition and has been exhibited at Goldsmiths' Hall in London and at the Royal Museum in Edinburgh. See Malcolm's website at

2010: Kathleen MacLeman
Kathleen MacLeman gave a talk on Rosehaugh, built in the Black Isle by William Flockhart but now demolished. This fascinating house features in volume 7 of the Society's Journal.

2009 Simon Green

Simon Green of RCAHMS
Previous speakers have included Dr Deborah Mays of Historic Scotland and Dr Charles McKean of Dundee University.
John McKean, Professor of Architecture at the University of Brighton gave us a ground-breaking talk entitled Was Mackintosh Different? He showed how Charles Rennie Mackintosh's character explained many facets of his work and how despite his undoubted genius his architectural career was so short.
Simon Green of RCHAMS who talked to us about Scottish Arts and Crafts Houses returned to talk on Scottish Arts and Crafts Churches in Fortingall Kirk in 2009.