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.

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Wildcat Tartan:
From Vision to Reality

Presented by Glen M Allardyce

Glen M Allardyce (picured above) was born in May of 1966 to Mike and Rose Allardyce both of Scotland and from an early age Glen was aware of the importance of his heritage. CFRB's Calling all Britons was a staple in the Allardyce household as were the poems of Robert Burns as well as Scottish food etc.

Scottish Wildcat

Professionally Glen is a graphic designer with over 25 years experience and in 2014 Glen seized the opportunity to bring his love for his heritage and his passion for graphic design together when a friend suggested that something be done to save the Scottish Wildcat which is now on the verge of extinction. Glen took up the challenge and although he had never designed a tartan before, he believed he had the skills to make this exciting project a reality. After working with the community at a design was completed which brought the beauty and mystery of the wildcat to the fore, using the colours of the cat itself.

It was then onto the weaver, and after much deliberation and thread samples flying back and forth from Scotland to Canada, it was D. C. Dalgliesh Ltd - the last weaving mill in Scotland to specialise in weaving tartans the traditional way, that got the commission. Orders were taken and the first run of 100 yards of tartan were on the way. Since then there have been two other runs of tartan which have been handled by Andrew Elliott Ltd. weavers.

The tartan has been used in promotional materials for Wildcat Haven charity and has helped to raise £5,000 for their important work and much progress has been made to help the cause.

Glen looks forward to speaking with members of the Oor club about this exciting project and this wonderful animal that deserves a fighting chance.

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"