Robert Porteous: Scottish Merchant, Benefactor and Resident of Krosno, Poland

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

David Worthington - Advisor

Migration has been creating Scottish-Polish connections for more than half a millennium. Robert Porteous (d.1661) was a Scottish-born importer of Hungarian wine into Poland, and almost certainly, the wealthiest Scotsman in the Poland of his day. Today, an annual wine festival, a hotel, street name, and an array of conspicuous monuments and material culture in his adopted town of Krosno, south-east Poland, celebrate his story. The Portius Society in Krosno, Krosno State College, the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Centre for History and High Life Highland, collaborated to organise an exhibition on Porteous, which showed in the main foyer at the Highland Archive Centre, Bught Road, Inverness, from Wednesday 3 April – Tuesday 30 April 2019. On 3 May, it moved, with the support of the Polish Association Aberdeen, to the Aberdeen Arts Centre. As well as being advisor on the exhibition text, and helping arrange the exhibition hosting in both locations, I gave the introductory talks at the opening of the exhibition in both Inverness and Aberdeen.
3 Apr 201930 Apr 2019

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