The Scottish Studies "Oor Club" is held each month at noon at the Duke of York pub in Toronto (steps from the St. George subway station). Guests are invited to give presentations on a variety of topics of interest to members of the Scottish Studies Foundation and others interested in the things that Scots in Canada and overseas are getting up to. The presentations usually lasts about an hour (pronounced "oor" in Scots), hence the name. Everyone is invited to attend as the meetings are open to all.

Join us at the "Oor Club" on Friday, October 6 when we welcome as our guest speakers, Patricia and Mervyn Russell (pictured above).

Patricia Liddell Russell was born in China,the eldest daughter of Eric and Florence Liddell. She came to Canada in 1941 with her pregnant mother and sister Heather, whilst her father, missionary and 1924 Olympics runner, stayed on in China where he died in a Japanese internment camp in 1945. She grew up first in Toronto and then in Binbrook, south of Hamilton. She trained as a nurse at the Wellesley General Hospital, married and raised three sons. Since 1990 she has been married to Mervyn. Patricia enjoys playing in two handbell choirs.

Mervyn Russell was born in Plymouth, England during the second world war. With the death of his father at sea, his mother moved the family to her home area of Eastbourne, Sussex. After some years of working in London he was trained and ordained in the Methodist Church of Great Britain in 1968. He started singing as a choir boy, but it was only after he came to Canada in 1978 that he took voice lessons. He has given concerts in England, Canada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Germany. He is a social activist and enjoys watching soccer.

The cost to attend Oor Club is by way of a $5 donation to the Scottish Studies Foundation. Wide selections of pub lunches are available, typically costing between $5 and $15. The gathering begins at about 11.30 am and usually ends by about 2 pm. Everyone is welcome and pleased be assured that you do not have to be Scottish to attend!

For more information you can telephone Pearl Grieve-Nixon at 416-926-7233. or you can email the Foundation at

The Duke of York, 39 Prince Arthur Avenue,
near the St. George subway station
(Bedford Road exit)
in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Map showing the location of the "Duke of York"