The Book of Deer Project and the Friends of the Book of Deer are holding their Annual General Meetings on the evening of Friday, June 24 at 6.30pm for 7pm start in Stuartfield Village hall.
The groups are firmly based in the North-east community and are dedicated to making the Book of Deer accessible to as wide an audience as possible. They have stimulated intellectual debate and research into many aspects of the rather mysterious manuscript, a page of which is seen here, scribed in Latin and with insertions in the margins written in early Gaelic at a later date than the Latin. Based on the content of these insertions the Project has initiated a continuing programme of archaeology to locate the Pictish monastery which most probably existed in the vicinity of Old Deer before the building of the Abbey of Deer.
After a short business meeting during which the work of the groups over the past year will be summarised, the meeting will be given over the Gordon Hay, a well known local solicitor. Gordon, who has undertaken as his personal project, the translation of the King James Authorised Version of the Bible, into the Doric, has now completed the first draft of the new Testament after four years hard work. He is now ready to share his thoughts on his experiences so far before moving on to do the Old Testament. Gordon expects his translation of the New Testament to be published before the end of the year.
This is an open meeting and all are welcome. There will be hospitality available and an opportunity for questions and dicussion.