History of Armadale Association

Updated 12 April 2011

New members are always welcome. 

If you would like more details about our Association, please contact: 

Chairman: Ron Dingwall      HAAchairmanarmadale.org.uk

Secretary: Betty Hunter



During 2008, HAA members have:

  1. Discussed and responded to local history and family history enquiries, and to photographic and written submissions, eg enquiries about Muir brickmaking and Robertson, Love and Co: Bathville Brick and Fireclay Works.

  2. Collected and copied old photographs (some of which may be seen in Armadale Library).

  3. Completed preparations for Armadale in Minutes.

  4. Organised, attended and enjoyed the launch of Armadale in Minutes at the Goth.

  5. Promoted and distributed Armadale in Minutes at various meetings and locations.

  6. Attended the Armadale Children's Gala Day 2008 to promote publications.

  7. Staged a display about the HAA’s interests and its publications, and responded to visitors' questions, at the West Lothian History Fair 2008 in Linlithgow.

  8. Attended talks and visited other groups’ displays at the Fair.

  9. Continued to take an active interest in archaeological matters as shown on www.armadale.org.uk  (Woodend and Standhill sites, especially in relation to the site of Ogilface Castle) as well as other sites such as Teepit Hill in the Whiteside area. Our Current Archaeological Interests

  10. Attended the further survey sessions conducted by Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society.

  11. Widened history coverage by exploring other heritage sites such as Almond Valley Heritage Centre.

  12. Continued and developed kite activities to photograph sites including Linlithgow Palace, Gormyre Hill and Torphichen Preceptory.

  13. Sent a representative to attend a Local Area Committee meeting.

  14. Attended the 8th Exmoor Archaeology Forum, Exmoor's Past, An Aerial View: to provide background information on aerial photography relevant to ongoing kite aerial photography work in the Armadale area.

  15. Continued liaising with other people and organisations interested in local and family history, such as Tom Gordon of Dale Boys and the West Lothian Family History Society.

  16. Attended the first annual meeting of Scotland's Rural Past (SRP) at Birnam Conference Centre where we hosted a display stand, illustrating kite aerial photography with images of Armadale and historic sites in the area.  The display was well received. 

  17. Published another photo collection: Picturing The Past, vol 6.

  18. Gave a talk to Buteshire Natural History Society in Bute Museum, Rothesay .

  19. Enjoyed one another’s company in regular monthly meetings.

Tom Gordon, researcher of the Dale Boys, with the HAA chairman, Ron Dingwall at the West Lothian History Fair 2008


Etna Brickmaking Display at Almond Valley Heritage Centre

Mary McKendrick of West Lothian Family History Society with Mary Flynn of the HAA


St Michael's Church* and Linlithgow Palace*  in the infra-red more here


Above: photos from the first conference of Scotland's Rural Past at  Birnam Arts and Conference Centre (and in the adjoining Beatrix Potter garden) on Saturday 15 November 2008.  Bottom left: the Armadale display. Right: Highland Folk Museum craft workers