home membership contact office journal events oor club sponsors

John McDermott will be our guest speaker at the "Oor Club" on April 3. Details here.

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.

The 2015 Scottish Studies Spring Colloquium will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Knox College, University of Toronto when part of the day will be devoted to a theme of commemorating the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald (pictured above) and his Scottish connections. 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.

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

James Fraser BA, MA, PhD, FSAScot

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. James Fraser is now leading The University of Guelph's Centre for Scottish Studies in the winter semester as the Scottish Studies Foundation Chair. James came to us from the Department of History at the University of Edinburgh where he was a Senior Lecturer in Early Scottish History. You can read more about James here.

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.


Thanks to all members who returned the recent ballot regarding our option to waive the use of an auditor, allowed by Industry Canada and the new Not-For-Profit Act under which the Foundation now operates. All returned ballots were in favour of the option, none against. Many helpful suggestions were also received along with the returned ballots for which the Board of Governors is truly grateful. This decision will result in significant financial savings and the board will now consider the formation of an outside audit committee to review our financial accounts with the results being made available at the next Annual Meeting.

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.

Gold mining legend and philanthropist Rob McEwen (above) has been selected as the Scottish Studies Society's 2015 Scot of the Year and that the award will be presented at its Annual Tartan Day Dinner on Friday, April 10 at The University Club in Toronto. Rob's philanthropic efforts are designed to encourage excellence and innovation in health care and education and we do hope you will be able to attend the event. Details here

You're invited to the launch of the Scottish Chapbook Digital Humanities site on March 26th! Details here.

ALMA: The Life and Art of Alma Duncan (1919-2004) till May 3 at Varley-McKay Art Foundation http://www.visitthevarley.com/

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 Ṃr Ostaig, the Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye, Scotland: www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/gd/

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"