Day 139 - The Gowrie Conspiracy: Perth's Date With Destiny
On 5th August 1600 in St John's Toun, as Perth was then known, King James VI of Scotland - and future King James I of England - came very, very close to death at the hands of an enraged mob. Comedian and Scottish history expert Bruce Fummey tells the story of this fascinating and murky episode in Perthshire's past and explores the huge ramifications it had for British history and politics.
Brought up in Perth as the son of a Ghanaian father and a Scottish mother, Bruce Fummey is an award-winning stand-up comedian, speaker and tour guide whose routines are known for their irreverent presentations of traditional Scottish culture. Bruce started out as a school teacher, before a career in finance, which he gave up to become a comic and entertainer.
Since 2006 Bruce has built a reputation for performing well-researched and hugely entertaining comedy shows about Scottish history on the Edinburgh Fringe. His shows have included About Tam O’Shanter, About the Jacobites, About the Scots, About Robert the Bruce, Alba: Scotland the Origins, Gaelic in the Afternoon, Ahm Votin' YES/NO, A History of Scotland and Macbeth Without the Shakespeare Bo***cks.
He has twice been nominated for Scottish Comedy Awards and nominated three times for Fringeworld Comedy Awards in Western Australia. Bruce was named Scottish Comedian of the Year in 2014.