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). Guest speakers 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.
The idea came from Scottish folk singer and artist Enoch Kent who now resides in the Toronto area. The original Oor Club was one where people met in two old tenement houses next door to one another in Duke Street in Glasgow back in the 1700s. The wall between the two tenements was knocked down with one house forming the speakers' room and the other the bar. Notable speakers were invited to speak on a topic on which they had expertise, with a set time limit of no more than one hour. Legend has it that Robert Burns paid a visit to the original club.
The cost to attend Oor Club is $5 which is donated to the Scottish Studies Foundation. Wide selections of pub lunches are available, typically costing between $5 and $15.
Dr. Heather Parker
Please join us on Friday, March 7 at noon when Dr. Heather Parker, University of Guelph will present "Marriage, Medieval Scots Style," a talk about varieties of marriage in medieval Scotland, addressing questions about handfasting, polygamy, child betrothal, sex outside of marriage, and divorce. She will explain how court records, pre-nuptial contracts, and literature give an insight into medieval Scots' marriage and how this impacted the world around them. Many medieval marriage customs and laws continued into the modern world, and, in some ways, modern people have tried to emulate these Scottish attitudes towards marriage.
Dr Parker is the Assistant Director of the Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph, and does research on betrothals, marriage, and family relationships in the late medieval and early modern period. Visit her website at www.heatherjparker.com.
For more information please contact Pearl Grieve-Nixon, 416-926-7233 or Mary Vigrow, 416-485-4853 (email: email@example.com).
Friday, April 4: Dr. Kevin James, University of Guelph. "Highland Hospitality and the Victorian Tourist."
Friday, May 2: Lt. Col. Michael J. McKay, Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Lt.Col.John McCrae Statue.This statue is to be unveiled in Ottawa on May 3rd 2015. It will commemorate 100 years since the publication of "In Flanders Fields."
The Duke of York is located at 39 Prince Arthur Avenue, just steps from the
St. George subway station (Bedford Road exit) in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Map showing the location of the "Duke of York"