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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.


"Caller Herring" by Sir John Everett Millais. His painting
was inspired by Lady Nairne's song of the same name.

Our 2015-2016 season gets underway at noon on Friday, September 4 when Scottish Studies Foundation Director David Hunter will give a talk entitled The Secret Songs of Lady Nairne. David will provide background information which he hopes will provide an insight into how the songs written by a woman whose name is all but forgotten came about. These include Charlie is my Darling, The Rowan Tree, Will ye no come back again? and many more.

The get together begins at 11.30a.m. and usually ends by 2p.m. Cost of admission is $5.00.

Why don't you come along and enjoy a pub lunch and mix and mingle with friendly Scottish people. You do not have to be Scottish to attend as everyone is welcome.

For more information please contact Pearl Grieve-Nixon, 416-926-7233 or Mary Vigrow, 416-485-4853 (email: mvigrow@rogers.com).

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"