Alastair Learmont, who created this blog, is an historian and PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh. He was brought up just outside Edinburgh where he has spent most of his working life. He trained and practised as a advocate, and spent many years prosecuting in sheriff courts throughout Scotland. He worked as a commissioning editor and a tour guide. In his late 40s he “came home to history”, and has not looked back since.
In 2012, Alastair began a part time Masters Degree in 18th Century Cultures at the University of Edinburgh which he combined with devising and teaching a number of adult education courses ( eg History through Portraits and Edinburgh Literary Walks). In 2014, he graduated MSc with Distinction. In 2015 he was awarded ESRC funding to support full time research into the Scottish West Indian Planter Class at the time of Abolition of the Slave Trade . He has recently completed an MSc by Research in Economic and Social History and is currently in his first year of doctoral research. He is a tutor in economic history at the University of Edinburgh and an affiliate member of the Scottish Centre of Diaspora Studies. He is co-organiser of the Centre’s Graduate Workshop programme. See Diaspora Studies Graduate Workshop
Alastair has a passion for the outdoors. He has a particular affection for the landscape, history and literature of the Scottish Borders where he continues to guide walks . His Border interests include the life and landscape of the writer and statesman John Buchan (1875-1940), and the exploits of the pioneering Innerleithen Alpine Club (1889-1913). Music is an important part of Alastair’s life. He was formerly legal adviser to the British Flute Society and, until recently, Chairman of the Board of Variations, an annual chamber music summer school which takes place in Ullapool.