James Jauncey is Don Roberto’s great-great-nephew and author of a major new biography, Don Roberto: the Adventure of Being Cunninghame Graham. In this illustrated talk, he brings a fresh perspective to the life of his extraordinary ancestor, asks why he is not better remembered, and reflects on what he has to tell us about Scotland today.
RB Cunninghame Graham (1852-1936), known as Don Roberto, was one of the most prominent and influential Scots of his day. Best known as the co-founder with Keir Hardie of the Scottish Labour Party, forerunner of the modern Labour Party, and later as founding president of the SNP. But he was many other things besides: celebrated writer, horseman, traveller, adventurer, visionary, fighter for social justice, humanitarian. Almost everything he stood for rings as loudly today as ever, yet he remains curiously overlooked.
This event is located in the AK Bell Library – Soutar Theatre.