We are delighted that another new book by former Scottish Studies Foundation Director Douglas Gibson has now been published. In Across Canada by Story Gibson brings new stories about Robertson Davies, Jack Hodgins, W.O. Mitchell, Alistair MacLeod, and Alice Munro, and adds lively portraits of Al Purdy, Marshall McLuhan, Margaret Laurence, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Margaret Atwood, Wayne Johnston, Linwood Barclay, Michael Ondaatje, and many others.
More details here.
This new book by Sam Allison is a provocative account of the 78th Fraserís Highlanders and its crucial place in history. It tells the remarkable story of the men of the 78th Fraserís Highlanders as they move from the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion in Scotland, through the Seven Yearsí War and the American Revolution, to the War of 1812.
A new initiative: Scottish Studies Genealogy Research Repository
Dr. James Fraser (pictured above) at the Guelph Centre for Scottish Studies is excited to announce the launch of a major new fundraising initiative. The Repository will be an important research tool for anyone interested in the history of the Scottish Canadian community, be they academic historians, genealogists, research students, population scientists, journalists, heritage workers, writers, or any Canadian proud of their Scottish ancestry and heritage.
We were delighted to have radio broadcaster Denis Snowdon as our guest speaker at the "Oor Club" on March 6. You can listen to his talk here. Denis has now arranged for his show, "A Little Breath of Scotland" to be available as a weekly podcast. Details here.
Back issues of our newsletter have been posted here.
"Crofters" This film provides an insight into everyday life in the crofting community of Achriesgill in 1945
Other films can be seen here:
• The Bowler and the Bunnet
• Dundee circa 1939
• Glasgow's last tram
• U of G's W. Stanford Reid
• Scottish Highland landscapes
• U of G's Rare Books Library
• Interview with Enoch Kent
• Scots lessons for Canadians
• "Eriskay circa 1934"
We are delighted that Alice Munro has been nominated Scot of the Year 2016 -- a great start to our 30th year. Anniversary celebrations are now being planned!
The Scottish Studies Foundation is a Canadian charitable organization (No. 119253490 RR0001) established to encourage research, both inside and outside universities, in Scottish culture -- history, literature, religion, art, law, and in Scottish migrations to North America; and to publish historical studies and documents relating to Scottish culture and migrations.
Our present emphasis is aimed at raising the awareness of the Scottish heritage in Canada through various levels of education including the funding of academic scholarships in Scottish Studies in Canada and Scotland.
The Foundation supports an office at the University of Guelph to handle enquiries regarding the University's Scottish Studies Program and is active in raising funds to obtain additional materials for the University's rare book and manuscript collection.
The Foundation also funds the publishing of The International Journal of Scottish Studies and financially supports Canadian and Scottish-related conferences.
Not everyone can get to the University of Guelph's world-class archives in person, so it has begun to digitize its treasures to make them available online by means of a few clicks. Thanks to the generosity of the Scottish Studies Foundation and its donation of $10,000 to the project, the University has been able to get yet more of its collection scanned and available for you to read free of charge. The first books of this latest project are now available to read and there are some real gems which you can browse here. Note that EPUB and Kindle versions of the books can be downloaded. EPUB files can be read on Kobos and many other eReaders to allow for the books to be displayed in large print. More information on the University of Guelph Library's Scottish Collection can be seen here.
We are excited to announce that the Scottish Chapbook Digital Humanities website has been launched! Thanks to funding from the Scottish Studies Foundation, this collaborative project between the University of Guelph Library and Centre for Scottish Studies provides unprecedented free online access to a hidden collection of over 600 chapbooks housed in Archival & Special Collections, as well as essays and exhibits to interpret and contextualize them. (Read more about chapbooks here.)
Join us at the Oor Club on March 4, when Pearl White will entertain us with a repertoire of jazz classics. Pearl White is none other than our own Oor Club coordinator, Pearl Grieve-Nixon, originally from the historic Scottish east coast town of Arbroath but who moved to Toronto to further her career as a jazz singer. Details here.
A Tribute to Robert Burns: On Friday, January 8, our 2016 Burns celebrations got off to an early start with a special "Oor Club" lunch at the Duke of York pub in Toronto. Details including a recording of the "Immortal Memory" here.
Launch of Rural Diary Archive: read, transcribe and enjoy old Scottish-Canadian diaries online. Details here.
The Sept/Oct 2011 issue of History Scotland featured an article about the Foundation co-authored by SSF Directors, John B. McMillan and David Hunter and includes many other items of particlar interest to Canadians. A transcript is available here.
Find out what's happening at Sabhal MÚr Ostaig, the Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye, Scotland: www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/gd/
We have gathered a number of radio programmes that will be of interest to Scottish Studies enthusiasts:
• Photographer Oscar Marzaroli
• The Glencoe Massacre
• The Darien Scheme
• The Scottish Enlightenment
• Scots in the West Indies
• The Battle of Bannockburn
• Sir Walter Scott
• Tribute to the late Bobby Brown
• Scotland's Radical Land Reform
Thanks to the initiative of Scottish Studies Foundation Director Doug Ross, the Foundation has sponsored the concept of a "Clan Passport" to be used at various Highland Games. These have been enthusiastically received as you can see here.