Scottish Castles Association

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SCA mourns the death of Charles McKean FRSE

Charles Mckean & Lord Steel
Charles receives the Nigel Tranter Memorial Award from Lord David Steel in 2004

The Scottish Castles Association mourns the passing of our President, Professor Charles McKean, who died peacefully on 29th September 2013 aged 67.

He retired from his post as Professor of Scottish Architectural History at the University of Dundee two years ago where he established his reputation as one of the foremost experts on Scottish Castles. His authoritative but controversial book 'The Scottish Chateau' defined a different perspective on the role of Scottish Tower Houses in the 16th and 17th Centuries from that which had been accepted previously. For this book, he was awarded the Nigel Tranter Memorial Award by the SCA in 2004. We were delighted that he subsequently accepted an invitation to succeed David Steel as our President in 2011.

A conference organised by his previous students and colleagues to celebrate his work and achievements will go ahead as planned on 26th and 27th October at Perth.

A full obituary will be included in next year's Journal.

Added: 30 Sep 2013 Updated: 21 Apr 2018
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