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STAPT Winter Talks 2023: “Dean Linskill and The Adventuress” Stephen Liscoe
March 21 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm£3 – £5
As Dean of Guilds William Thomas Linskill was a significant figure in the recent civil history of St Andrews, and also in the pre-eminence of golf in the town. Aside from his devotion to the town as a civil servant he was a man of antiquarian interests – and some peculiar obsessions. One in particular is a lost chapter of the town’s recent past.
Formerly a diving archaeologist working as part of the Mary Rose excavation team I spent the last decades of the 20thC working on coastal survey boats undertaking diving inspection and hydrographic survey of historic shipwrecks sites for HM Govt. I was concurrently a staff research er at the Scottish institute of Maritime Studies here at the University of St Andrews until I joined the Fife Council’s Archaeological Unit. The Unit provides historical, archaeological and planning advice and information to Fife Council but also deals with archaeological and related enquiries from the public and external organisations. I have been part of the Unit since 2004 and am responsible for maintaining and developing the Fife Sites & Monuments Record, containing over 11,000 records of archaeological sites for Fife.