We are delighted to announce that Canadian politician, diplomat, historian, and author Roy MacLaren was presented with the Scottish Studies Society’s Scot of the Year Award at its Annual Tartan Day Celebration on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Details here.
The 2014 Scottish Studies Spring Colloquium will be held on April 5, 2014 at Knox College, University of Toronto, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm (registration opens at 10 am). Details here.
Join the University of Guelph Alumni on a trip to Scotland (includes the Edinburgh Tattoo), August 20 to 28, 2014. Note there is a $500 discount if booked before the end of December.
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.
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
• Scottish Independence
• Scots and Quebec Referendums
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.
Please join us on Friday, May 2 at noon when Lt. Col. Michael J. McKay, Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Lt.Col.John McCrae Statue will give an insight into the background of this statue due to be unveiled in Ottawa on May 3rd 2015. It will commemorate 100 years since the first publication of the poem "In Flanders Fields."
Former Scottish Studies Foundation Chair Graeme Morton has a new book out that provides insight into what it meant to be a Scot and what forged that identity in Victorian Scotland. 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.
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.
"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"