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.
We are delighted that a new book by Scottish Studies Foundation Director Douglas Gibson is receiving critical acclaim in Canada and abroad.
Stories About Storytellers allows readers to follow Doug Gibson through 40 years of editing and publishing some of Canada’s sharpest minds and greatest storytellers including Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau and Others.
More details 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"
Notice of Annual Meeting
Scottish Studies Foundation
Scottish Studies Society
Dear Fellow Members,
This is to advise you that the next Annual General Meeting will take place at 12:00 noon on Saturday December 5, 2015 at the The Wallace Gastropub, 1954 Yonge Street, Toronto. An Agenda has been enclosed and 2014-2015 financial statements will be available on our website prior to the meeting.
Please note that the Foundation's by-laws allow for a total of 10 directors including President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer, and Executive Secretary. The Society’s by-laws allow for a total of 12 directors including President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer.
Should you wish to serve on the board of directors I would appreciate it if you could advise me of this prior to the meeting in order for us to include your name on the list of candidates for election.
I would like to thank each and every one of you for your encouragement, advice and support during the past year. Membership in the Foundation is tangible evidence of the support that exists for maintaining our Scots-Canadian heritage at the academic level.
We do hope to meet as many of you as possible at the meeting. And to those of you who will be unable to join us, on behalf of the Board, please accept my best wishes to you and your family for your ongoing support.
Scottish Studies Foundation
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.)
The Centre for Scottish Studies is pleased to announce its next and final installment of the 2015 Scottish Studies Roundtable series, Politics and Preaching in Glasgow, 1651, presented by Alexander Campbell, a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at Queen's University and a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh.
Tuesday December 15, 2015
Location: MacKinnon Room 132,
University of Guelph
A new initiative: a Genealogical and Family History Institute
With the onset of the new academic year here at the University of Guelph, Dr. James Fraser (pictured above) at the Guelph Centre for Scottish Studies is excited to announce to our steadfast friends in the Scottish Studies Foundation the launch of a major new fundraising initiative. Details 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 Mòr 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.