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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.


"Hector The Hero" - Jenna Reid with Aly Bain

This classic lament was penned by Scottish composer and fiddler James Scott Skinner in 1903 as a tribute to Major-General Hector MacDonald, the subject of our next talk.

The next meeting of “Oor Club” for the 2014-2015 season will be on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 12 noon at the “Duke of York” pub on Prince Arthur Avenue, steps from the St.George Subway.

“Oor Club” will be presenting Rhoda MacRitchie a gaelic speaking world travelled teacher who hails from the Hebrides. Rhoda will be recounting the true story of “Hector the Hero” General Sir Hector MacDonald the only soldier to rise through the ranks of the British Army from Private to Major General.

It is a fascinating true story which must be told about the outstanding heroism of a crofter’s son, who fought with distinction in the lst Afghan War against forces intent on converting the world to the Islamic Religion. To hear more on this portrait of a forgotten hero please join us on Friday, at “Oor Club” at 12 noon on Friday, November 7th at 12 noon “Duke of York” pub on Prince Arthur Avenue. We look forward to seeing you there.

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"